Counseling Center & Student Services

Attention 10th Graders: Sign Up Now for the PSAT/NMSQT Test

Central High School has 40 spots available for 10th grade students who are interested in participating in this October's PSAT/NMSQT. 

  • Test Date: October 19, 2016
  • Test Time: 8:00 a.m. (Students are asked to arrive no later than 7:50 a.m.)
  • Location: Central High School Gym
  • Cost: $15, payable by credit card at time of registration
  • What to bring: calculator, several sharpened #2 pencils

PSAT/NMSQT Student Guides are available in the CHS Counseling Office for students who want more information about the assessment prior to testing day.

To sign up for the PSAT/NMSQT test, please complete the External Linkonline registration form. A MasterCard or Visa is required to complete this registration. Once you click submit, you will be taken to PayPal to complete the registration process. Select the "Pay with Debit or Credit Card" option to enter your credit card information. You do not need to have a PayPal account to process your payment. 

Video DocumentOnline PSAT/NMSQT Test Registration Form

Academic Assist./Tutoring

Academic Assistance Services

For academic assistance information at Central High School, please contact: 

Tutoring Services

  • CHS offers free after school tutoring from 3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. in the school library for math on Mondays and Wednesdays and for science on Wednesdays. For information regarding transportation, call 231.933.3570.
  • PDF DocumentTutor List - A list of tutors is compiled for you as a courtesy service of TCAPS. Certified teachers included on this list have indicated an interest in tutoring and have been reviewed by the TCAPS human resources staff. We recommend that you interview tutors to determine if they fit your needs and to make individual arrangements directly with the tutor. 

Additional Counseling / Student Services

  • For additional assistance, please visit the school counseling office or call 231.933.3560.

Student Assistance

For student assistance information, please contact our school social workers below:

Students in Transition Empowerment Program (STEP)

Students in Transition Empowerment Program (STEP) is a program administered by Traverse City Area Public Schools that provides free supportive, education-related services to students, ages 3-20, who lack fixed, regular and adequate housing. STEP ensures the educational rights of families and youth as required by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. The STEP program works with eligible students who have lost permanent housing due to foreclosure, eviction, or reasons related to economic hardship to locate and coordinate available services based on each student’s individual needs. The goal of the program is to ensure school stability, remove barriers to full participation in their education, and support academic achievement while children are in residential transition. Visit the External LinkTCAPS STEP website for more information about the program and its services. 

For more information about STEP at Central High School, please contact 

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For Freshmen


Time Line for Freshmen

It's never too early to start preparing for what comes after high school:

  • External LinkVisit for college and career planning resources and to:
    • Make the most out of high school
    • Plan challenging high school courses
    • Find out why you should go to college
    • Become familiar with college entrance requirements.
  • Take EXPLORE®—a set of four tests that measure academic achievement; EXPLORE results can be a benchmark before taking PLAN® and the ACT® test.
  • Review EXPLORE results with your parents and school counselor.
  • Start thinking about reasons for attending college.
  • Join/continue extracurricular activities.
  • Attend summer camp at a college to experience a college-like atmosphere.
  • Continue/start saving for college.
  • Research college costs.
  • Meet with your college/career counselor at least once a year.
  • Explore careers on the Internet by using DISCOVER®

Counseling & Student Services Staff


Kelly Gignilliat Admin. Assistant 231.933.8698
Judy Pratt Receptionist 231.933.3560
Ben Lantz Academic Assistance 231.933.3570
Kim Fleming Counselor (A-Hai) 231.933.3561
Brandee Ludka Counselor (Haj-Pen) 231.933.3563
Tom Passinault Counselor (Peo-Z) 231.933.3562
Diane Burden School Social Worker 231.933.3523
Andrea Ballast STEP Transition Specialist 231.933.3534