• From the Guidance Staff: 


         As we begin the 2020-2021 school year, the Guidance Department at Academy of Richmond County would like to welcome back all our students from what was hopefully a healthy, restful, and productive summer. Additionally, we would like to extend a warm welcome to all of our incoming freshmen and transfer students. We are glad each of you has chosen Academy of Richmond County  and we look forward to working with all of you throughout the year.  We strive for excellence, and in doing so, we hope to provide your student with the help and support that will ensure their educational needs are met whether it is distance learning or the transitional method of learning.  We are here for each of you as you strive to adjust to the pandemic that has caused changes made in the way we are learning.


         The philosophy of counseling at Academy of Richmond County is that all students experience academic to their greatest individual degree and graduate college and career ready with a plan to fulfill their post-secondary goals.  The comprehensive, developmental curriculum provided through this program is designed to meet identified needs of students in grades 9 through 12.  The program seeks to promote a positive school climate in which students feel safe, accepted, challenged, and encouraged. Counseling is concerned with the individual, and his or her spiritual, educational, vocational, personal, and social needs. It is a continuous (grades 9-12) process within the school. We view counseling as a team effort which consists of counselors, administrators, teachers, support staff, parents and students.


         Each student at ARC is assigned a specific counselor. This is done in order to make the transition to high school as seamless as possible, as well as provide consistency throughout the years with any academic, social, moral, and emotional issues a student may encounter.  This year we will strictly be seeing students and parents on appointment basis only unless it is an extreme emergency.  Our counselor department assignments are as follows:


    •  Mrs. Rhonda Howard ----- 9th Grade (Last name starting w/letters (A-L) 

                                                 and All 11th Grade Students

    •  Mrs. Juretta Thomas ----- 9th Grade (Last name starting w/letters (M-Z)

                                                 and All 10th Grade Students

    •  Mrs. Sonya Weaver  ------ All 12th Grade Students

    •  Mrs. Cindy Conner  ------- All IB Students & Dual Enrollment Students

    •  Mrs. Denise Jenkins ----- Guidance Secretary

    •  Mrs. Dorothy Johnson --- Registrar

         During the school year, a student may be asked to meet with his her counselor for a variety of reasons including but not limited to the following:

    •  Academic progress/difficulties

    • College counseling and placement

    • Student-Athlete advice and monitoring

    • Course selection and scheduling

    • Dual Enrollment

    • Social and peer issues

    • Conflict resolution

    • GCIS/Career counseling/You Science

    • Peer Mediation

         Every effort is made by the department to meet as often as possible with each student and be accessible to them at all times. Parents and guardians are also welcome to meet with the counselors via appointments to discuss any concerns they may have. If you would like to make an appointment with your son/daughter's counselor, please scan the barcode below.


    We look forward to the new school year, as well as meeting you and seeing you at various guidance related functions we sponsor. For a list of Calendar of Events, click on the Calendar of Events tab, scroll down to activity/workshop list (pending updates).  If at any time you have a question, please do not hesitate to contact us at ext 1571.  The Guidance Office FAX number is (706) 737-7153.


      "Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world."

                                                                                                      ~Nelson Mandela~ 


    Counselor's Appointments  









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    Cindy Conner
    Guidance Counselor
    Phone: 706-737-7152 x1585
    Email: conneci@boe.richmond.k12.ga.us

    Rhonda Howard
    Guidance Counselor - 9th Graders (Last Names A-L)
                                  - All 11th Graders 
    Phone: 706.737.7152 X 1569

    Juretta Thomas
    Guidance Counselor - 9th Graders (Last names M-Z)
                                  - All 10th Graders
    Phone: 706.737.7152 X 1570

    Sonya B. Weaver
    Sonya Weaver 
    Guidance Counselor - All 12th Graders
                                  - Dual Enrollment (Formerly called Move On When Ready)
                                  - NCAA
    Phone: 706.737.7152 X 1586

    Denise Jenkins
    Guidance Secretary
    Phone: 706.737.7152 X 1571

    Guidance Office
    FAX # 706.737.7153