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School Counseling

News from the School Counselor's Office: Mark G. Hill, School Counselor

Phone: (860)628-3379 ext. 12203

The School Counseling department at Karen Smith Academy is dedicated to providing services that assist each student in reaching his/her maximum academic and personal potential. Our goal is to assist students in developing decision-making skills that will enable them to make responsible choices regarding their education, careers, and personal lives.

The school counselor operates under an "open door" policy. Students and parents are encouraged to meet with the school counselor regarding any concern that they may have. Working together as a team will ensure a successful school year.

Class placement is based on the number of credits previously earned. The minimum requirements for official class standing and promotion are:


Standing Requirement
Class of 2021-2022
Class of 2023 & beyond
Freshman Completion of grade 8 Completion of grade 8
Sophomore 4 credits 5.5 credits
Junior 9 credits 11.5 credits
Senior 15 credits 18 credits
Graduate 22 credits 25 credits



Work Experience Credit: Documented proof (through either pay stubs or a letter from employer) of 200 hours at the same employer will earn a student 1 elective credit.

Community Service Credit: Documented proof (through a letter) of 50 hours of community service performed totaling 50 hours. Some hours may be earned by volunteering at the Karen Smith Academy. Students in previous years have performed community service at Bread for Life, Southington Community Services, Haunted Graveyard, Derynoski Elementary School, and through a wide variety of religious and civic groups.


Southington Safe School Tipline – 860-637-2006
Use this tipline to report bullying instances at school, on the bus or social media site.
It is important that your voice is heard AND you are helping the community.





Karen Smith Academy students and parents are encouraged to use the Naviance computer program to help with college searches, career interest inventories, personality type inventories, resume building, and scholarship information.


Students can get help with deciding which careers might bring the most satisfaction based on their interests. The website can be accessed at


Students will need to enter their email address & password. Any questions…………..see Mr. Hill.