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201 South Mountain Ave.
Ashland, OR 97520
Phone: (541) 482-8771
Fax: (541) 482-2172
Contact: Kelly Tygerson, Office Manager
Email: 
Counseling & Support

AHS Counseling Department

The AHS Counseling Department is committed to providing you with the same kind of support and guidance that we would if we were meeting on campus. You can make appointments during our office hours by contacting us through email or by phone. We will ask you to choose a phone or video meeting. Once we have agreed on a time and day, we will send you an invitation to our appointment through our Teams Calendar.

We want to emphasize that appointments are available for routine concerns, and should not be used for mental health emergencies. If you need immediate mental health support or crisis counseling, DO NOT wait to schedule an appointment with one of us. Instead, contact:

National Suicide Prevention Hotline
Phone: 1-800-273-8255
https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
Staffed with trained professionals 24/7
Provides support for people in emotional distress or suicidal crisis
Jackson County Mental Health
Phone: 541-774-8201
https://jacksoncountyor.org/hhs/Mental-Health/

We will respond to questions, concerns, emails, as soon as we are able. Thank you in advance for your patience as we move though this together. As we all work to stay connected, we also encourage you to reach out to your teachers and classmates for support.

Please be aware that School Counselors, Jen Marsden, and Karyn Barats do not have access to their office phones and are unable to return missed calls at this time.


For up-to-date information on Learning During Closure, please click here.
For the Ashland School District Coronavirus: COVID-19 Response and updates, please click here.

4/2/20 - This page has been verified up-to-date. If something seems incorrect or out of place, please contact the Main Office.

What is the role of your counselor?

High school counselors are educators uniquely trained in child and adolescent development, learning strategies, self-management and social skills who understand and promote success for today’s diverse students. They implement a school counseling program to support students through this important developmental period. Counselors are an integral part in preparing students for adulthood and life after school. It is the vision of the counseling department that all students graduating from Ashland High School will demonstrate the following attributes:

  • Emotional and social competence
  • Resiliency
  • Self-awareness
  • Ability to set realistic goals
  • Critical, global thinking
  • Healthy self-management

Our school counselors are here to make sure students are ready to meet those goals. Our ultimate goal is for every child to graduate with the necessary competencies to make self-directed, realistic, and responsible decisions and to be mindful contributors to society. Find your (or your student's) counselor by checking out the Contact Us section of this page.

Graduation Requirements

Graduation requirements are outlined in the Ashland High School Course Guide (http://ashland.k12.or.us/Files/Course%20Guide%2020-21.pdf).

One credit is granted for successfully completing one semester in any class. All classes at Ashland High School receive the same credit. Transfer credits are accepted as long as they are coming from an accredited institution. No class credit will be issued retroactively. All credit-bearing classes not offered by Ashland High School must be pre-approved by the principal or their designee.

Section Specific Classes Credits
English 8 credits
Social Studies
(must include)

Global Studies
American Studies
Government
Economics

2 credits
2 credits
1 credits
1 credits
Science
(must include)
Physical Science
Life Science
Additional Science
2 credits
2 credits
2 credits
Mathematics   6 credits (at or above Algebra 1)
Physical Education   2 credits
Health Education
(must include)
Health
Family Health
1 credits
1 credits
Applied Arts, Fine Arts, or World Language*   6 credits
Electives   12 credits
Additional Requirements (see below)
Career Education   1 credits
Work Experience, Community Service, Internship 100 hours
(only 50 hours can be paid)
1 credits
Demonstrate Proficiency In Essential Skills May be satisfied through Smarter Balanced & other nationally normed assessments as well as local work samples. Reading
Writing
Math
Total: 50 credits

Work Experience, Community Service, Internship Hours

All students must complete 100 hours of community service; only up to 50 hours may be paid hours such as employment. Students need to turn in a community service hours form in the main office for records. It can also be found on the Forms page (http://ashland.k12.or.us/ahs/forms).

Career Education Program

The Career Education credit will be earned through the College & Career Readiness (CCR) credit. Beginning as freshmen, students will establish a personal education plan and a career education portfolio in their Grizz Academy class. Upon completion of College & Career Readiness, a student will earn one credit of Career Education required for graduation

What is Forecasting?

Forecasting is a process occurring each spring where students, in conjunction with counselors, teachers and parents, request the classes they would like to take the following year. Student requests are used, in part, to build the master schedule for the following year. Therefore, it is critical students plan carefully and fully complete the forecasting process

Forecasting Sheet & Course Guide

The Ashland High School Course Guide is designed to assist students in the selection of an appropriate course of study while at Ashland High School. It is important that you carefully consider the options that might be available to you after high school and plan an educational program that will permit you to take advantage of future opportunities. In this process, you should involve your parents, take advantage of the resources available at Ashland High School, the community, and the services of your administrators, teachers, parents, and counselors.

Students will need to complete the using the paper forecasting sheet using the course guide to help select appropriate courses. Counselors will meet with classes and discuss courses for the next year. Please follow all instructions on this sheet. Each forecasting sheet is grade-specific to ensure a successful 4-year plan. This sheet should be done before completeing your online course request through PowerSchool.

Requesting Course in PowerSchool

Students will need to select their classes in PowerSchool using their student account to complete forecasting, and submit their schedule request. Students may need guidance from staff to find the correct courses, if you have any questions or concerns about this step, please meet with your counselor!

Counselors will review all online course requests to ensure that the forecasted classes align to the student's 4-year graduation plan. If additional attention is needed to the selected courses, counselors will meet with individual students.

Personal / Social Support

Contact Us

Counselors

Keri Phipps
Counselor (9th graders)
541-482-8771 ext. 2211
Keri.Phipps@ashland.k12.or.us
Available Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Meeting by appointment during office hours.
Contact via email, phone, or Teams to schedule an appointment.
Diane Berry
Counselor (last names A-He)
541-482-8771 ext. 2115
Diane.Berry@ashland.k12.or.us
Available Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Meeting by appointment during office hours.
Contact via email, phone, or Teams to schedule an appointment.
Kalli Walker
Counselor (last names Hi-Me)
541-482-8771 ext. 2215
Kalli.Walker@ashland.k12.or.us
Available Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Meeting by appointment during office hours.
Contact via email, phone, or Teams to schedule an appointment.
Jeff Roscher
Counselor (last names Mi-Z)
541-482-8771 ext. 2218
Jeffrey.Roscher@ashland.k12.or.us
Available Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Meeting by appointment during office hours.
Contact via email, phone, or Teams to schedule an appointment.

College & Career Center

Jennifer Marsden
College & Career Center
ASPIRE Coordinator
541-482-8771 ext. 2115
Jennifer.Marsden@ashland.k12.or.us
Available Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Meeting by appointment during office hours.
Contact via email, phone, or Teams to schedule an appointment.
Karyn Barats
Scholarship Coordinator
Counseling Secretary
541-482-8771 ext. 2115
Jennifer.Marsden@ashland.k12.or.us
Available Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Meeting by appointment during office hours.
Contact via email, phone, or Teams to schedule an appointment.
Katie Howett
College Dreams Representative
541-482-8771 ext. 2115
khowitt@collegedreams.org
Contact via email or phone to schedule an appointment.

Other Resources

Alex Fenimore
Maslow Project Case Manager
Office: 541.608.6868
Cell: 541.200.9995
alex@maslowproject.com
Contact via email or phone to schedule an appointment.



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