Martin Luther King, Jr. H.S. Counselor Blog

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Dual Enrollment Program

Attention parents of 10th and 11th grade students:  Is your child excelling academically and interested in earning college credit in the 2014-2015 Dual Enrollment Program?  If so, your child must take the ASSET Placement Test on Wednesday, April 2, 2014.  The test will be given to all interested students who register in the Counseling Office located in Mod F-1.  Students must register by March 28, 2014 to take the ASSET Test - NO EXCEPTIONS!!!  Have questions, please stop by the Counseling Office in Mod F-1 or call 678-874-5432 for details.  A study guide for this exam is available by clicking here to access the " ASSET Test Study Guide."

SAT and ACT Registration

Attention Senior Parents- Friday November 8th is the registration deadline for the December SAT and ACT. This is the last chance most seniors will be able to test before college application deadlines. If your child needs to register, please visit or for more information.


Freshman Conferences 

Attention 9th Grade Parents- Freshman Counseling Conferences are now underway! By now, you should have received a letter in the mail informing you of your individual counseling appointment. If you unsure of your appointment time or need to reschedule, please call the MLK Counseling Office (678) 874-5432.


Registration for Spring DOLA (online) courses

Attention Junior and Senior Parents--Registration for Spring DOLA (online) courses will be held December 2- January 27. If your child needs to make up a course required for graduation, please see your child's counselor to register. Courses cost $250 per half-unit.



 The PSAT will be given to all enrolled 10th grade students at MLK High School on Wednesday, October 16th, 2013.  Practice books will be distributed in students' World Literature classes by Friday, September 27th.  Please use these books to help your child prepare for this important test.  9th and 11th grade students interested in registering to take the test should stop by the Counseling Office (Mod F-1) to register for the test September 30th-October 4th.  Registration fees are $15 per student.  For more information, please visit


Welcome to the 2013-2014 School Year!


A new school year is set to begin on August 12th!  During the weeks of August 5th-9th and 12th-16th, please be mindful that the counseling team is processing new students and will not be available to schedule parent conferences.  If your child is in need of schedule change, please submit a signed Schedule Change Request Form available here and in the Counseling Office.  Schedule change requests cannot be processed over the phone.  We look forward to working with you!

SAT Waivers

SAT waivers will be available in the counseling center starting Monday, August 19, 2013.  Students may sign up in the counseling center with Mrs. Presley by placing their name on the request list.  Students must recieve free or reduced lunch in order to qualify.  Waivers are available on a "first come, first served basis."  For more questions, call 678-874-5432.

Summer School Update

Attention all students and parents: Summer School registration will begin May 1st.  If you have failed a course needed for graduation, please see your counselor starting May 1st to sign up!  Summer School will be held online (DeKalb Online Academy) and here at MLK.  See your counselor for details.

MLK Tutorial Sessions

In an effort to improve student achievement and enhance academic performance, Martin Luther King, Jr. High Scool will now offer tutorials for all core content areas:  Mathematics, English, Science, and Social Studies.  These tutorials will be made available in addition to the current tutorials offered.  The tutorials will begin the week of March 18th and will take place on Tuesday and Thursday after school from 4:00pm until 5:30pm.  Additionally, tutorials for students failing one or more classes will take place on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the upcoming months from 9:00am until 11:00am



Attention 10th and 11th Grade Students:

All COMPASS Test scores are back and have been distributed.  Stay tuned for further details about the Dual Enrollment Program.



Attention 10th and 11th Grade Students:


Did you miss COMPASS Testing on March 7th?  If so, good news!  Georgia Piedmont will return to MLK next month to offer testing again.  If you are interested in earning college credit now, the Dual Enrollment Program may be a great fit for you!  Stop by the Counseling Office by March 25th to sign up!  See your counselor for more details. Resources are available now to help you prepare for this test!  Click on this GPTC COMPASS TEST PREP LINK




For more information about Dual Enrollment/College Credit Now options including Move On When Ready Program, please visit

College Credit Now/COMPASS TEST Info (March 7, 2013)


Attention 10th and 11th grade students: Are you interested in earning college credit now?  If so, see your counselor by March 6th for important information.  The COMPASS Placement Test will be given to all interested students on Thursday March 7th at 8:30am but you must register in the Counseling Office to take the test by March 6th.  Have questions? Stop by the Counseling Office for details.  Resources to prepare now are available by clicking the following link: GPTC COMPASS Test Prep 


For more information about Dual Enrollment/College Credit Now options including Move On When Ready Program, please visit

Attention Seniors!!!

Please stop by the counseling office by Thursday, February 28, 2013 to make sure we have the correct spelling of your full name for your high school diploma.  The counseling department will not be responsible for incorrect diplomas at graduation.  See Mrs. Presley in the counseling office for more information.



Attention Juniors-Are you college bound?  If so, start researching scholarships NOW!  There are some great opportunities out there that you must apply for in your junior year.  Visit our on the Scholarships Page for details.  If you have questions, stop by the counseling office for more information.


SAT DAY @ MLK April 17, 2013


Attention Juniors and Junior Parents:  Did you know that MLK will offer the SAT to all Juniors for FREE on April 17, 2013 during the school day?  This is a GREAT opportunity to take the first step in the College Application Process!  Registration will occur during the school day  March 6-14 in your English class.  See your English teacher for your scheduled registration day.  In order to register for the April 17th test, you must have an account set up on the College Board website.  Please see the attached directions for setting up your account: How to Create A College Board Account   Got to to set up your account before March 6th.  It's never to early to start studying for the test!  Click this link for free online test prep from the College Board: Official SAT Practice Test and also be sure to visit the SAT resources featured on our Resources Page.

2013 Skills USA Career Expo


Students.....are you looking for a chance to meet employers and learn more about various career pathways?  If so, check out the 2013 Skills USA Career Expo March 21-22, 2013 at the Georgia International Convention Center. Click this link for details: 2013 Skills USA Career Expo

Senior DOLA Credit Recovery


Attention seniors enrolled in Senior DOLA Credit Recovery:  Courses began on 2/19/2013. Have you started doing your work?  Get started now and be sure to login daily (You have exactly two months to complete all work!!!).  If you need assistance accessing your credit recovery courses, please see your counselor during your lunch!!!



Do you want FREE money to pay for college?


Get help filling out and submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or

the FAFSA, at this year’s College Goal Georgia event. The FAFSA is the application

you need to complete to get federal and state grants and loans to pay for college.


Join US on  March 17, 2013 at Westwood College –Northlake Campus located at 2309 Parklake Drive  from 11 am – 3pm.


Fill out and submit your FAFSA and learn the many ways available to help you pay

for college.  You can also enter to win a $1,000 scholarship!


For more information and what you’ll need to bring with you, visit

Parent Portal Informational Night-February 19, 2013


Parents: Do you want to keep track of your child's grades and attendance on a daily basis?  Then join us on 2/19/2013 at 6:30pm to learn more about the ESIS Parent Assistant. Be prepared to learn how to utilize the ESIS Parent Assistant to monitor your child's grades.  You must register for a parent portal account prior to the night of the event.  Visit for details.  Be sure to have a copy of your child's progress report and other identification information on hand.


The Southern Association of College Admission Counselors (SACAC) is pleased to present the 2013 Atlanta Mini-Camp College Workshop at Emory University on Saturday, February 9th.  Sessions are conducted by SACAC members and are designed to educate high school students about the college search, financial aid resources, and how to become competitive in the admission process.  The SACAC mini-camp college workshop is co-sponsored by ACT, College Board, and National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS).

 Please view the attached flyer: for more information and  visit to register.


Apply for a 2014 NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award

Are you a young entrepreneur?  Do you know a young entrepreneur?  Graduating high school seniors who operate their own small business are eligible to receive a 2014 NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award from the NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation.  Visit for more information and to apply between October 1 and December 18, 2013.  Dont miss the beat!

Attention Students:

Progress reports will be issued on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 during homeroom.  Do you know who your homeroom teacher is??? If not, please see the homeroom rosters posted on the wall in the commons.

College Visits

Washington University  in St. Louis

Fall 2013 Admissions Information Session

Sunday 9/15/2013    3:00pm-4:00pm

Atlanta Marriot Perimeter Center

246 Perimeter Center Parkway NE

Atlanta, GA 30346

(770) 394-6500

(800) 368-0700



Jackson State University High School Day 2013 

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Sign up today for the opportunity to:

  •  Tour the campus
  •  Browse departmental displays
  •  Meet with administrators, faculty and current JSU students.

Metro Atlanta Chapter

Will sponsor a bus trip for Atlanta area High School Juniors and Seniors to Jackson, Mississippi for this event.



Depart:  Friday, October 4, 2014 at 11:30pm

Return:  Sunday, October 6, 2014 at 6:00 am (approx.)

Registration $80.00 per student

To register, visit


 call 404-266-7933


Discover Duke University 

Duke Admissions officers will present information and answer questions about the university, the admissions process, financial aid, and much more.  Please join them at one of the following locations:

Atlanta, Georgia

Pace Academy

966 W. Paces Ferry Road

Atlanta, GA 30327

Sunday, September 29, 2013...5:00pm


Atlanta, Georgia

Brookwood High School

1255 Dogwood Road

Snellville, GA 30078

Wednesday, October 2, 2013...7:00pm

Please register at:


Turner Chapel AME Education Ministry

Free College Fair!!!

4th Annual College Fair

Saturday, October 26, 2013

12:00 noon - 3:00pm

492 N. Marietta Parkway, Marietta, GA

770-422-6791 (phone)

Over 50 of the top colleges and universitys from all over the country, college planning resources and breakout sessions providing information on scholarships, financial aid, essay writing and the overall college application and planning process.


University of Missouri

Join Mizzou Tigers for a Meet and Greet reception about the Trulaske College of Business.  Register today at [email protected] or at 573.882.6028.


Friday, Ocotober 11, 2012

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Doubletree Hotel

3342 Peachtree Road, NE

Atlanta, GA






Summer/Leadership Programs

28th Annual Cultural Exchange Program

July 29 - August 9, 2014 at Princeton University

All current Sophomores & Juniors are invited to apply!  Applications must be postmarked by January 8, 2014. 

 Applications are available online at :

For more information, visit: or call 571.234.5072


Are you interested in a career in medicine?  If so, plan to attend an exciting conference at Georgia Health Sciences University!  They will also host a Summer Enrichment Program!


What: "Igniting the Dream of Medicine: High School and Undergraduate Conference" and "Student Educational Enrichment Program"

When: Saturday February 23, 2013 8:30am-3:30pm (conference); May 31-July 19, 2013 (Summer Program)

How: **Brochures available in counseling office AND visit to apply/register

Where: Georgia Health Sciences University

            1120 15th Street CJ 1007  

            Augusta, GA 30912  



WHAT: Leadership workhop/discussion panel

WHO: Male Middle and High School students

WHEN: Saturday April 27, 2013 8:00-2:00pm

WHERE: Southwest DeKalb High School

                  2863 Kelley Chapel Road

                  Decatur, GA 30034

REGISTER: or email  [email protected]



Bolden Leadership Institute


Who: 9th-11th Graders who exemplify leadership

What: FREE one-day workshop focused on effective communication, public speaking, health awareness, entrepreneurship, and financial management

Where: Clark Atlanta University

            223 James P. Brawley Drive SW   

            Atlanta, GA 30314

When: April 13, 2013 8:30am-1:30pm

How: Stop by counseling office by March 26, 2013 to register.


MARC (Model Atlanta Regional Commission) Youth Leadership Program

---Do you want to make a difference in your community? 

---Do you want to meet other outstanding teen leaders who are working to bring about change?

---Are you concerned about such issues as traffic congestion, pollution, protection of greenspace, the needs of the elderly?


If you have ideas about ways to make metro Atlanta a better place to live, the Model Atlanta Regional Commission (MARC) wants you.  Go to to apply.  Application deadline is April 1, 2013.


Terry Accounting Residency Program


Who: Rising 11th/12th/Freshman entering UGA

What: FREE Summer Program at UGA

Why: Learn more about the accounting profession and get a taste of campus life at UGA.

When: June 12-15, 2013

How: visit to apply by deadline: March 29, 2013

Community Service Opportunities

Youth Summit on Hunger and Poverty


Who: 9th-12th Grade Students who have an interest in hunger/poverty issues



Session 1: June 4-7 from 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM each day

Session 2: July 16-19 from 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM each day



Atlanta Community Food Bank

732 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd. Atlanta, GA 30318

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