Counseling Department

Welcome to the MHS Counseling Office!

The mission of the McEwen High School counseling program is to empower all students to reach their fullest potential by providing a comprehensive school counseling program to facilitate their academic, career, social, and emotional development. As guided by the ASCA National Model, the ultimate objective is to help students identify their interests and abilities, enhance productivity, dependability, self-expression and control, accurate decision-making and conflict-resolution skills along with other competencies that will re-mediate student’s deficits, strengthen their unique capabilities, and enable the youth to participate in a global society as responsible citizens.
The school counseling program, through the advocacy and leadership of the school counseling department, discovers and facilitates the removal of barriers to learning for all students. Collaboration and cooperation among counselors, students, faculty, administrators, parents, and the community will provide a safe and caring environment to assist all students in becoming responsible and productive lifelong learners.

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Email:   Johnny Larkin, School Counselor:
Paige Smith, Counseling Office Assistant:

Fax:931-228-8598 or 931-582-6952


TN Promise

The Tennessee Promise program offers two years of tuition-free community college or technical college to Tennessee high school graduates beginning with the Class of 2015! There are three simple steps to get the Tennessee Promise scholarship:

  1. Apply online by November 1. (
  2. Complete the FAFSA, college application, two mentoring meetings, and 8 hours of community service by the given deadline.
  3. Enroll in a community college or technical college by fall after high school graduation.

ACT Resources
ACT Companion Tutor 
You are required to sign up but it is free. They will send you emails with helpful hints and test-taking strategies. Or new words to learn. Or questions suited to your ability level and even suggest which sections you should look at next.
ACT Practice Exam 
Online practice from
Official Practice ACT 
The official practice test of the ACT.
ACT Question of the Day 
Daily random ACT questions
Go College 
Full version of practice test that are free!
Offers free on-line practice test
ACT/ SAT Math reasoning
A website to help improve math reasoning.
Test Prep Review 
A free service of a group of educators. This web site was created to provide free practice test questions for students in a variety of career situations. The site contains a modular approach to learning the content on these exams.
Word of the Day 
Gives you a vocabulary word each day.
I4C Free ACT Prep Course
A free 40 hour course to help improve ACT scores.
Varsity Tutors
Free ACT Resources


Career Information

College for TN 
This is a useful site for students and parents. It have several tools that not only aid in the college application process, but it also assist in matching careers with interest.
ACT Career Center
The official ACT site that can be used in conjunction with ACT scores.
US Dept of Labor Occupational Handbook 
Information on various careers and their earning potential.
TN Department of Labor & Workforce Development 
Use this link to search for available jobs in Tennessee.
Checklist for Students
Planning for College checklist

College Days
Seniors may take one day to visit a college, university or technical school and will not be counted absent. An official letter from the admissions office of the college, university or technical school must be brought back to the counseling office the day the student returns to school.

Financial Aid
This is the website you need to visit in order to create an FSA ID for the FAFSA.
The official FAFSA website 
This is the website in which you will need to complete the FAFSA.
Free help in completing the FAFSA 
This is a great website for getting FREE help with the FAFSA.
Official Guide to Financial Aid Handbook
Completing the FAFSA 
A PDF on completing the FAFSA.
Student Loan Forgiveness for Teachers
FAFSA Worksheet

Governor’s School

TN Governor’s School Governor’s Schools

The State of Tennessee provides several summer programs for gifted and talented high school students. These programs provide challenging and intensive learning experiences. Students interested in participating in a Governor’s schools program should obtain the application(s) from the school counselor.

Governor’s Schools Location
Agricultural Sciences UT Martin
Computational Physics Austin Peay State University
Emerging Technologies TN Tech University
Humanities UT Martin
Innovation & Entrepreneurship TN Tech University
International Studies University of Memphis
Prospective Teachers UT Chattanooga
Sciences & Engineering UT Knoxville
Scientific Exploration of Tennessee Heritage East Tennessee State University
Scientific Models and Data Analysis East Tennessee State University


NCAA Clearinghouse

NCAA ClearinghouseThis is the official website for student athletes to register with the NCAA Clearinghouse.

New Student Registration

New students will need the ALL of the following items:
1.) An unofficial copy of the student’s transcript (a record of all classes taken and the credits received) and/or a last report card.
2.) Withdrawal from last school.
3.) Immunization record transferred to a permanent Tennessee Certificate of Immunization. If transferring from another Tennessee school, a copy of the certificate will suffice. If transferring from out of state, a copy of the health/shot record must be transferred to the certificate by his or her doctor, or by the county health department. (931) 296-2231
4.) Proof of residency. A utility bill with custodial parents’ names and address (phone and cable bills are not accepted). If parent lives with someone else, they must obtain an affidavit form from the guidance secretary and have them notarized.
5.) Proof of Custody. Birth certificate. If parents are divorced or separated, a copy of custody or parenting plan is required with the birth certificate.
6.) If student receives Special Education Services, a copy of a current IEP is required.

TranscriptsTo request a copy of your transcript, contact the counseling office with your name (as it was when you graduated), year of graduation and a current phone number. There is no charge for this service.