•  Stay in Contact:

    Counselor contact information:

    9th Grade Mrs. Whitfield:

    • Phone number: 770-676-2866
    • Google classroom Code: 44wbx6g

    10th grade: Mrs. Mitchell:

    • Phone number (404) 926-6571 
    • Google classroom code: 77sw5ki

    11th grade-Ms. King:

    • Phone number: 404-590-4728
    • Google classroom code: cykm55i

    12th grade-Mr. Springfield:

    • Phone number: 347-369-4510
    • Google classroom code: wfxfgkq


    South Atlanta High School CEEB Code



    The HOPE Scholarship
    HOPE is a merit-based scholarship that provides funding to Georgia students for eligible state public and private universities and public technical schools, and includes the following programs. Visit their website for more information.
    HOPE Scholarship—Recipient must graduate high school with a minimum 3.0 GPA and maintain a 3.0 in postsecondary school to remain eligible. The scholarship provides tuition assistance to students pursuing an undergraduate degree at a HOPE Scholarship eligible college or university in Georgia.
    HOPE Grant—Available to Georgia residents who are pursuing a certificate or diploma. Recipient must maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA to remain eligible. The scholarship provides tuition assistance to students pursuing an undergraduate degree at a HOPE Scholarship eligible college or university in Georgia.
    Zell Miller Scholarship—Similar to the HOPE, but with more stringent academic requirements and a higher level of tuition assistance. Recipient must graduate from high school with a minimum 3.7 GPA, combined with a minimum SAT score of 1200 (combined reading and math) or ACT score of 26, and must maintain a 3.3 GPA in postsecondary school to remain eligible. Eligible students are provided full tuition assistance while pursuing an undergraduate degree to attend a Zell Miller Scholarship eligible college or university in Georgia.
    Zell Miller Grant—Available to Georgia residents who are pursuing a certificate or diploma. Recipient must maintain a minimum 3.5 GPA in postsecondary school to remain eligible. Eligible students are provided full-standard tuition assistance while enrolled at a Zell Miller Grant eligible college or university in Georgia.
    Are You HOPE Eligible?
    If you expect to be using the HOPE or Zell Miller Scholarship next year, please make sure that your Social Security Number is on record at Grady. Check in the Registrar's office. You will not be able to get the scholarship if APS doesn't have this information!
    The HOPE Scholarship calculates your GPA using a specific formula, and your HOPE GPA might be different from the one on your transcript. So how do you figure out your HOPE GPA? Grady's counselors have developed a calculator, which you can find here. You also need a copy of your transcript (visit Parchment.com to request one). Remember: HOPE is calculated using ALL CORE ACADEMIC GRADES EARNED. (You can also visit GA Futures if you have an account there).
     Achieve Atlanta Scholarship
    Everyone who qualifies will get this scholarship! If you have financial need (that is, if you qualify for a Pell grant), and have an 80 GPA (75 GPA for two-year school), you WILL receive up to $5,000 for school. Do not leave this money unclaimed! You do need to complete a FAFSA. Find more information at the Achieve Atlanta website.

    Steps for high school freshmen parents/students:
    ·         1) Get organized
    ·         2) Participate extracurricular activities at school
    ·         3) ) Try new things
    ·         4) Look into AP and SAT subject tests
    ·         5)  Start volunteering
    ·         6) Befriend upperclassmen
    ·         7) Attend school events
    ·         8) Meet new people
    Steps for high school sophomore student/parents:
    1)    Start researching colleges
    2)    Volunteer
    3)    Visit schools
    4)    Participate in pre-college programs
    5)    Take the PSAT in October
    6)    Study for the PSAT
    7)    Take SAT Subject Tests
    8)    Don't forget extracurricular activities
    9)    Create a filing system
    10)  Read, read, and read some more
    Steps for high school junior student/parents:
    1)    Finish strong
    2)    Start applying for scholarships
    3)    Volunteer-it’s mandatory to graduate from an APS school!.
    4)    Choose challenging classes for senior year
    5)    Get to know your counselor
    6)    Connect with teachers
    7)    Start a list of people who you think you can ask for a recommendation letter.   
    8)    Continue preparing for the SAT or ACT
    o    go to your backpack and use the free tutorials to help you. This video shows you how to get to it in your backpack.   https://www.loom.com/share/f0b36d3020504317a6bdacd0df5040fc
    9)    Start or update your resume, activities list, or brag sheet.
    10)  Attend college nights or college fairs
    11)  Visit colleges
    12)  Attend pre-college programs
    13)  Research different careers you are interested in by taking a career assessment in your SLDS portal
    o    Go to Career Plan<Career Assessment<take the assessment.
    Steps for high school seniors students/parents:
    1)    Start looking for colleges now!
    2)    Retake the SAT and take the ACT test-you get 2 fee waivers for each test.
    3)    Plan to take the ASVAB career assessment test in October at South Atlanta High School.
    4)    Remember to turn in your volunteer hours-you need this to graduate.
    5)    Go to fairs and open houses. You won't be able to hit every school during your March break, so it's important to get out to see your top choices as soon as possible. ...
    6)    Your courses and grades matter. ...
    7)     Take challenging courses.
    8)    Check to see if colleges will fly you in for a college visit. 


    Why High School Counselors? 

    High school years are full of growth, promise, excitement, frustration, disappointment and hope. It is the time when students begin to discover what the future holds for them. Secondary school counselors enhance the learning process and promote academic achievement. School counseling programs are essential for students to achieve optimal personal growth, acquire positive social skills and values, set appropriate career goals and realize full academic potential to become productive, contributing members of the world community.

    Need an Appointment?

    Students who want to meet with their counselor should schedule an appointment in the School Counseling Office. Students are required to have a pass from their teacher to meet with their counselor during class time.Parents who would like to schedule an appointment with the counselors should call or e-mail the counseling counselor assigned to serve their child.


    Secondary School Counselors Collaborate with: 

    Academic planning/support 
    Post-secondary planning 
    Scholarship/financial search process 
    School-to-parent communications 
    School-to-work transition programs 
    One-on-one parent conferencing 
    Referral process 

    Academic support services 
    Program planning 
    Peer education program 
    Peer mediation program 
    Crisis management 
    Transition programs 

    Providing recommendations and assisting students with the post-secondary application process 
    Classroom guidance lessons on post-secondary planning, study skills, career development, etc. 
    School-to-work transition programs 
    Academic support, learning style assessment and education to help students succeed academically 
    Classroom speakers 

    Academic support interventions 
    Behavioral management plans 
    School-wide needs assessments 
    Data sharing 
    Student assistance team development 

    Job shadowing, worked-based learning, part-time jobs, etc. 
    Crisis interventions 
    Career education


    Remind 101-code:

    10th grade class: rmd.at/8gea82

    12th grade class code:rmd.at/8gea82


    Starting 10th Grade: 6 Things You Need to Do to Own Your Sophomore Year

    1. Look for Leadership Opportunities
    2. Keep Your Grades Up
    3. Challenge Yourself
    4. Gear Up for and Take Standardized Tests-PSAT
    5. Start Visiting Colleges and Creating Your College List
    6. Think About Your Future


    Starting 12th Grade: 8 Things You Need To Do

    1. Finish Your Standardized Testing
    2. Start Applying For Scholarships and Financial Aid
    3. Reach Out To Teachers For College Recommendation Letters
    4. Build a Profile That Will Impress Admissions Officers
    5. Focus On Your Classes
    6. Start Saving/Earning Money For College
    7. Apply To College
    8. Cherish This Time With Your Family


    Our Counselors


    Jessica Whitfield


    Mrs. Whitfield is originally from Columbia, TN and relocated to the Memphis area after she graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications. In 2011 she made the decision to follow her passion to advocate for children by becoming a school counselor. In January 2013 she received her Masters of Education from Cambridge College and became certified by the state of Tennessee as a P-12 School Counselor. She worked five and a half years as a school counselor in Memphis, TN until she and her husband relocated to Atlanta to be closer to family. She is now the 3DE 9th Grade Counselor at South Atlanta High School where her mission is to provide every student with the resources and tools they need to be successful in school and beyond.



    Fredi Mitchell 

    Mrs. Mitchell received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Clark Atlanta University with a major in English and Drama. While working in the corporate field for years, she received her calling to pursue a career in Counseling and focus on the urgent needs of inner-city youth.

    Mrs. Mitchell graduated from Saint Thomas University with a Masters in School Counseling and began working as an Interim Professional School Counselor for Atlanta Public Schools for 8 years. As South Atlanta High School’s 10th Grade Counselor, Mrs. Mitchell brings a wealth of experience, passion, and expectation that all children have the potential to reach college and career readiness.

    Mrs. Mitchell can be reached at (404) 802-5048 or fredi.mitchell@atlanta.k12.ga.us for any questions or concerns you may have regarding your student.



    Wanetta King


    Ms. Wanetta M. King is originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  She started her career in school counseling in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at Messmer High School and continued working as a counselor at Alief Hastings High School in Houston, Texas.  She is now a proud counselor at South Atlanta High School.

    With each location I can say I have been blessed to know I am helping future generations become leaders in our community.  Every day I wake up knowing that the work I do has purpose and meaning.  My professional qualifications include more than 18 years of combined solid hands-on experience as a Lead Counselor and School Counselor in high school settings and as an Academic Advisor in higher education. I have worked with a culturally diverse student population that includes special needs, gifted, and at-risk populations. To complement this skill set, I offer a broad based background as a facilitator and am highly adept in program management. I believe that every child can learn and we as educators have to find that tool that helps them “get it”.  One of my favorite quotes is “If You’re Not at the Table, You’re on the Menu”, so I consistently reiterate to my students that they have to be the decision maker for their futures otherwise others will decide their future for them.  So  I encourage them to take bold moves, push fear aside and go for it.  I have an open door policy so I look forward to working with the students, the parents, staff, and the city of Atlanta to help our young scholars reach the stars. 


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    Mr. Springfield is currently in his 16th year as a Professional School Counselor. He has served in many leadership roles during his tenure in secondary education. Mr. Springfield loves being a change agent for children and strives to ensure that he is developing students Academically, Emotionally and Socially on a daily basis. His passion to develop leaders and socially conscious students is what drives him from day to day. Mr. Springfield is an avid  basketball and tennis player. He travels often and loves to immerse himself into different cultures. He is jazz aficionado…understanding that “music is the key to the soul. Mr. Springfield is the proud father of three children.  

    Please feel free to contact Mr. Springfield if you have any questions or concerns about your student. His email and office numbers are listed below.


    (404) 802-5063 Office

    (404) 802-9816 Fax

    Mr. Springfield encourages all parents to ensure that their students have accounts established on the following websites.  

    1. collegeboard.org (SAT registration and SAT preparation materials)
    2. act.org (ACT registration and ACT preparation materials)
    3. gafutures.org (Interest Inventories, Career Search, College Search)

    Mr. Springfield encourages that “ALL” parents and students start the search for scholarships now! Although students typically won’t start applying until their senior year, it’s never too early to start exploring the multitude of scholarships that are available.

    1. fastweb.com
    2. scholarship.com
    3. collegenet.com