Counseling Center & Student Services

PDF Document1st Day of School 2020/21 - Remote Learning Information 

Dual Enrollment/Early College

Dual Enrollment and Early College information can be found under the 'Programs to Get Ahead' tab below.

Test Out Information

Under Michigan legislation, high school students may request the opportunity to "test out" of any high school class they select.  External LinkView additional Test Out information.

Academic Assist./Tutoring

Academic Assistance Services

Tutoring Services

  • CHS offers free after school tutoring/homework help Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. in the school library.  This is for all students and subjects and levels.
  • Google DocTutor 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 231.933.6540.

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 

Student Work Permits

Student Work Permits

Following is the school district’s process for student work permits:

  1. Student obtains a copy of the appropriate blank work permit form from his/her employer or by using the appropriate link below (based on student age).

External LinkLink to Work Permit for students ages 16 or 17 

External LinkLink to Work Permit for students under 16 years of age

  1. Student completes Section 1.
     
  2. Student takes the form to his/her Employer.
     
  3. Employer completes Section 2.
     
  4. Student goes to his/her school or the administration office with completed form and school ID or state ID card/driver’s license.
     
  5. School or administration office reviews the work permit, confirms information with the student's PowerSchool record and ID that is presented, and completes Section 3 of the work permit. School makes a copy of the work permit for the student's file.
     
  6. Student takes his/her completed work permit to his/her employer.  

Please Note: A face mask is required toi enter any TCAPS school building or the administration center and social distancing must be practiced while in the building.

If you have questions about this process or need further assistance, please speak with your school’s main office or call Kelly Walter in TCAPS' Human Resources office at 231.933.1713.

Counseling & Student Services Staff

Sara Dennis-Parker
504/Title IX Coordinator
231.933.6528
Kathleen Smith
Admin. Assistant
231.933.6540
Kim Fleming
Counselor (A-G)
231.933.6543
Brandee Ludka
Counselor (H-P)
231.933.6544
Tom Passinault
Counselor (Q-Z)
231.933.6545
Diane Burden
School Social Worker
231.933.6542
Andrea Ballast
STEP Transition Specialist
231.933.6552