Phone: 616-532-1593     

Fax: 616-532-7780

Welcome to KHS Counseling! 

Ashley Morse - Academic Advisor for Grades 9 & 11

Justice Craft - Academic Advisor for Grades 10 & 12


Each year, the State of Michigan releases a Post-Secondary Informational Packet. This resource has information on colleges/financial aid, trade schools, military options, career exploration, and more! It is a great way for students to research and start to prepare for their time after high school. You can check it out at:

What We Do:

The counseling office staff is committed to supporting all KHS students as they work toward success in academics, post-secondary planning, and in their social/emotional well-being.  The goal of KHS counselors is to support, guide, and direct students as they navigate various high school experiences, and to help prepare them for a successful, fulfilling life after graduation. 


School counselors meet with students individually and in a classroom setting to discuss academic goals and various post-secondary options.  Academic plans are developed based on a student’s career preferences, Educational Development Plan (EDP) results, and academic performance.  School counselors emphasize the importance of consistent attendance, the development of effective study habits, responsible time-management, and successfully passing classes in order to graduate in four years.  

Post-Secondary Planning:

School counselors help students plan for a successful life after high school by exploring various post-secondary options.  College and university representatives visit KHS and meet with students throughout the first semester.  Students who are interested in vocational training typically meet with both the counselor and the KHS School-to-Work Coordinator to explore job training opportunities and vocational school options.  Military recruiters from each branch also visit the school and meet with interested students throughout the year.  


School counselors are available to support students with personal issues with which they may be struggling; however, these services are time-limited.  If deemed necessary, counselors will make referrals to professional counseling organizations with student and parent consent.  Small group counseling is also offered during the school day (on a weekly basis, for six to eight weeks).  The goal of small group counseling is to help students learn coping skills and gain support from others who struggle with similar issues.  Topics of focus range from anxiety, depression, anger management, grief and loss, stress, healthy relationships, and more.  

All counseling offered in the KHS counseling office is confidential.  Confidentiality is maintained unless a student threatens to harm him/herself, or discloses that he/she plans to harm another individual, or shares that he/she is being harmed or exploited illegally.  



= 4 Credits


= 4 Credits


= 3 Credits

Social Studies

= 3 Credits

Health & P.E.*

=.5 Credits Each


= 4 Credits

World Language**

= 2 Credits

Fine Art**

= 1 Credit



* P.E. waivers for Marching Band & Athletics accepted when the student has played for the organization for two seasons (Due to COVID-19, P.E. waivers will not be granted for 2020-2021 Fall Semester) 

** Students can complete (1) World Language credit & (2) Fine Art credits to fulfill requirements.

Any student who has completed all graduation requirements by a date earlier than his/her designated class must submit a request in writing (signed by a parent if the student is under the age of 18) to the principal to graduate at the earlier date. The request must be completed by/on the last Friday of September during Junior/Senior year.

 The principal will review the request to ensure all conditions for graduation are met (see Early Graduation Document Options 1-4 on the form). A letter will be issued in lieu of the regular diploma attesting to the student’s early completion of graduation requirements. A diploma will be available to the student after the scheduled commencement date. The student may opt to return and participate in regular graduation ceremonies with his/her designated class or completion year class in late spring.  In addition, once all requirements are deemed to be complete, it is recognized that the student has completed high school and will no longer attend. Seniors who complete credit requirements by the end of the first semester of their senior year, can complete their senior year with administration approval.

Early graduation forms are available in the counseling office.

Seal of Biliteracy

The Michigan Seal of Biliteracy is presented to students who have demonstrated proficiency in the English language, as well as in at least one other language. This seal benefits students if they attend a post-secondary institution or if they enter the workforce.  Qualifying students may take the assessment in the spring of their senior year.  Click on the link below to learn more about the criteria needed to be eligible to apply. 

More information regarding application

State of Michigan Biliteracy Brochure--English

State of Michigan Biliteracy Brochure--Spanish

State of Michigan Biliteracy Poster

Tutoring/Academic Support (have a fee for services) 

  • Grand Rapids Tutors: offers virtual and in-person tutoring options.

  • GVSU K-12 Connect: offers virtual and in-person tutoring options.

  • Sylvan Learning Center of Grand Rapids:

  • ClubZ Tutoring: in-person and online options.

  • Cognitutor: This service matches students with a tutor who can come to them or meet in a local area. Scholarships may be available for those who qualify.

You can also search for personal tutors on 

Free educational resources: 

  • Khan Academy: Khan Academy offers lessons and skill building in multiple subject areas. They also have an AI Tutoring program that students can access for a small fee.

  • Learn To Be: Learn To Be offers free online tutoring to students in underserved communities, such as refugees, low income families, special education students, or those experiencing homelessness. It is free to apply, but acceptance into the program is not guaranteed.

  • UPchieve: UPchieve offers free virtual tutoring that is available 24/7 through their website/mobile app. They also provide College Counseling services.


Servicios de apoyo académico en Grand Rapids 

Tutoría/Apoyo Académico (tiene una tarifa por los servicios) 

  • Grand Rapids Tutors: ofrece opciones de tutoría virtual y presencial 

  • GVSU K-12 Connect: ofrece opciones de tutoría virtual y presencial

  • Sylvan Learning Center of Grand Rapids:

  • ClubZ Tutoring: ofrece opciones de tutoría virtual y presencial.

  • Cognitutor: Este servicio conecta a los estudiantes con un tutor que puede acudir a ellos o reunirse en un área local. Es posible que haya becas disponibles para aquellos que califiquen.

  • También puedes buscar tutores personales en 

Recursos educativos gratuitos: 

  • Khan Academy: Khan Academy ofrece lecciones y desarrollo de habilidades en múltiples áreas temáticas. También tienen un programa de tutoría de IA al que los estudiantes pueden acceder por una pequeña tarifa.

  • Learn To Be: Learn To Be ofrece tutoría en línea gratuita a estudiantes de comunidades desatendidas, como refugiados, familias de bajos ingresos, estudiantes de educación especial o personas sin hogar. La solicitud es gratuita, pero no se garantiza la aceptación en el programa.

  • UPchieve: UPchieve ofrece tutoría virtual gratuita que está disponible las 24 horas del día, los 7 días de la semana a través de su sitio web/aplicación móvil. También brindan servicios de orientación universitaria.

Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK

Judy Bergsma
Counseling Office Secretary
Justice Craft
Academic Intervention Specialist
Malissie Henry
Academic Intervention Specialist
John Linker
Academic Dean of Students & Work-based Learning Coordinator
Ashley Morse
Bria Smith
Mental Health Liason
Aimee Stevens
Social Worker

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