Information for Parents


Education by choice, not by chance

These high school years are very important to your child's future. Grayling High School offers many resources to help you and your high school student plan for the future. Here is a list of some of the opportunities you should be aware of in the next four years:

Eighth Grade Parent Information Night:

Every year, at the same time the counselors are introducing the eighth graders to the high school scheduling process, parents are invited to an evening meeting so they get the same information. 

Freshman Orientation:

At the start of every school year, a freshman orientation is held prior to the first day of school. Parents are also welcome and encouraged to attend. 

EDPs (Educational Development Plans):

Students will be developing an EDP with their counselor. This is a good opportunity to make sure that the courses they take will help them reach their goals. Parents are welcome to set up appointments with their child's counselor to develop the EDP. 

College Fair:

Every fall, Kirtland Community College hosts a college fair, where representatives of many post-secondary educational institutions present information about their schools. 


This is a pre-SAT test for juniors that helps them assess their abilities and prepare for college. It is also the qualifying test for entry into the National Merit Scholarship Program. The test must be taken in the junior year if students want to compete for the program. For more information, visit the National Merit Scholarship Corporation


This is the college entrance exam taken by students as part of the required state testing in the junior year. 


This is another college entrance exam that can be taken in addition to the SAT by students planning to attend college.  

Financial Aid Information:

Once a year, the counselors, in conjunction with a college financial aid office, present an evening of financial aid information for students and their parents.   

Counseling Office Resources:

In addition to college catalogs, videos and college and scholarship applications, the Counseling Office has books on parenting, study strategies, careers, standardized test preparation and summer opportunities for teens that can be checked out. 

How can you stay informed?

The Counseling Office uses many avenues to communicate important information to parents and students. Some of these are: 

  • Skyward Message Center e-mails
  • CASD calendar
  • GHS Daily Announcements (posted on the GHS web page)
  • Posters and flyers in the school
  • Crawford County Avalanche and local radio announcements
  • School publications, such as the Student Handbook and Curriculum Guide
  • Class meetings 
  • The Counseling Department on Instagram

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