• From the Student Services Support Staff: 


         As we begin the 2024-2025 school year, the Guidance Department at the 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 the Academy of Richmond County. 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 students with the help and support that will ensure their educational needs are met, whether it is the transitional method of learning or through our programs (PLC or RPM)


         The philosophy of counseling at the Academy of Richmond County is that all students experience academics 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 the identified needs of students in grades 9 through 12.  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.


         Counselor Assignments are for targeted information and consistency among the cohort in the areas of academic, social, moral, and emotional issues a student may encounter.  It is imperative that you make an appointment to see your child's counselor unless it is an extreme emergency.  


    • Patrice Gude --------  All  Grade Levels Last Name A-G
    • Santriece Copeland ------- All  Grade Levels Last Name H-O
    • Juretta Thomas ----- All  Grade Levels Last Name P-Z
    • Danielle Hawkins -- School Social Worke
    • ARC Guidance Support Staff
    •  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 

    • Depression, Stress & Anxiety
    • Conflict Resolution

    • GCIS/Career Counseling/You Science

    • Peer Mediation


    We look forward to the new school year, as well as meeting and seeing you at various guidance related functions we sponsor.  For a list of Calendar of Events, click on the Calender of Events tab each August of the new school year, scroll down to activity/workshop list (pending updates).    If questions, please contact us at ext 1571.  The Guidance Office Fax number is (706) 737-7155. 


     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 have REMIND messages for students to keep up-to-date on various news from the Guidance Department.  When signing up, please use your first and last name.  Please Text 81010 and enter the codes below to access information from your assigned counselor:


    Gude:    All Grade Levels Last Name A-G - @gude-ag

    Thomas:   All Grade Levels Last Name P-Z  - @thomaspz

    Copeland:   All Grade Levels Last Name H-O -  @copelanho


    SENIORS ONLY:         @sr2025arc

    Dual Enrollment :      @dual2025


    Scan Barcode to schedule an appointment with your counselor!


    qr codes


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

                                                                                                      ~Nelson Mandela~ 











  • Patrice Gude
    Dr. Patrice Gude
    School Counselor
    All Grades Last Names - A-G
    Phone: 706.737.7152 X 1585
    Email:  gudepa@boe.richmond.k12.ga.us

    Ms. Santriece Copeland
    School Counselor
    All Grades Last Name - H-O
    Phone:  706.737.7152 ext 1586

    Juretta Thomas
    Mrs. Juretta Thomas
    School Counselor
    All Grades Last Names - P-Z
    Phone: 706.737.7152 X 1570

    Mrs. Denise Jenkins
    Guidance Administrative Assistant
    Phone: 706.737.7152 X 1571

    Mrs. Dorothy Johnson
    Registrar/Data Specialist
    Phone:  706.737.7152 X 1564

    Guidance Office
    706-737-7152 ext 1571
    FAX # 706.737.7155