Counseling Center & Student Services

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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.
  • 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 231.933.6540.

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 

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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

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