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Counselor's Corner


On this page you will find essential information to put you on track towards GRADUATION AND BEYOND!

Our counselor's mission is to help guide our students to become caring and responsible individuals, who are productive members of the community. In addition, we are here to help each student strive to reach their full potential, by facilitating their academic career and personal/social growth through collaboration with Zama staff, parents, students, and other stakeholders.


DoDEA Graduation Requirements

Zama American High School is committed to the Department of Defense Education Activity's (DoDEA) vision for academic excellence. To ensure students in the Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS) continue to have access to a quality educational program, the requirements for high school graduation have been increased. Please visit this link for the DoDEA graduation requirements: http://www.dodea.edu/students/graduation.cfm

Note: Students are required to have a 2.0 or above GPA in order to receive a DoDEA High School Diploma.

Please visit the Curriculum page for Zama American High School course offerings and descriptions.

DoDEA's Six-Year Education/Career Plan is the blueprint for a high school education plan. The plan, provided to students, guides the decision making for appropriate classes to fulfill high school graduation requirements and meet future college and career goals. You can also use this six year educational plan to track your student's requirements and class completion from home: http://www.dodea.edu/students/upload/4Year-Plan_Example-1.pdf

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Keeping up with your student's progress:

Parents, did you know you can track your student's grades using the parent portal in Gradespeed? Please visit this link to request a parent portal account: http://dodea.gradespeed.net/pc/Default.aspx


Parent and Student Resources:

DoDEA Parent and Student Resources

DoDEA Homework Supplements


Transcript Requests

If it has been 4 years or less since the student attended Zama American High School, the student can contact ZAHS directly. (If longer than 4 years, see instructions here.) Transcript requests can be made by mail, fax, or e-mail. For questions, please e-mail or call the Registrar at 263-3181 (DSN), 011-81-46-207-3181 (Stateside), or 046-207-3181 (off-base in Japan).

Requests should include the following information:

  • Full name under which enrolled at time of attendance
  • Social Security Number
  • Date of Birth
  • Name of school and year of graduation or last date of attendance
  • A daytime telephone number
  • The address to which the transcript/record should be mailed
  • The student (or guardian) must sign the request in accordance with the Privacy Act before information can be released. Requestor may call DoDEA Records Center at (706) 545-4785 to inquire into the status of a request.

Testing

CollegeBoard.org makes the following observations about students and the SAT: most students take the SAT during their junior or senior year in high school, at least half of all students take the SAT twice in the spring of their junior year and in the fall of their senior year., and most students improve their score the second time around.

For the SAT Subject Tests, most students take them toward the end of their junior year or at the beginning of their senior year. In general, you should take tests such as World History, Biology E/M, Chemistry or Physics as soon as possible after completing the course in the subject. Students tend to do better on other tests like languages after at least two years of study.

ACT/SAT TESTING INFO/DATES

PSAT
Understanding PSAT results

SAT
http://sat.collegeboard.org/home

ACT
http://www.actstudent.org/


College Planning and Scholarship Sources

It is never too early to start planning for the next step after high school. Please visit the links below for assistance in mapping your route to the future. Also, check out the Scholarships Available for ZAHS Seniors for specific scholarships currently available.

College Planning Guide
http://www.offtocollege.com/

U.S. Military Academy Time Line
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