The mission of the Jackson-Reed High School counseling program is to promote the academic, career, personal, emotional, and social development of ALL students and prepare them to be responsible and productive citizens of a global society. The school counseling program attempts to integrate the various facets of a student's development both academically and emotionally at the high school level. To do this, the entire department provides students with the following services:

  • Individual and group counseling
  • Educational and career planning
  • Academic development
  • College preparation and access
  • Consultation with parents and staff
  • Information programs and activities
  • Crisis intervention/problem solving
  • Student advocacy

Ways to Access the Counseling Department

Students can meet with their school counselors before school, during lunch, and after school. Please see the Student Support Team page to see who the counselor for your grade is.

Parents wishing to make an appointment with their child’s school counselor are encouraged to email the counselor directly.

Graduation Requirements

Subject Credits
(Carnegie Units)
English 4.0 credits
Mathematics (including Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II) 4.0 credits
Science (must include three lab sciences) 4.0 credits
Social Studies (must include World History I and 2, United States History, United States Government and District of Columbia History) 4.0 credits
World Language 2.0 credits
Art 0.5 credits
Music 0.5 credits
Health & Physical Education 1.5 credits
Electives 3.5 credits
Total 24.0 credits


Course Catalog

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Dual Enrollment

Get information about DCPS Dual Enrollment programs or read the Dual Enrollment FAQs.

Community Service

DC Public Schools requires that students complete the following community service hours based on graduation year.


Class of 2024:   50 hours
Class of 2025:   75 hours
Class of 2026 and beyond:   100 hours


View additional DCPS guidelines.


  • Community Service Forms can be found in the Counseling Suite (Room 105) or here.
  • Community service forms can be turned in to Ms. Avent, in the Counseling Suite during school hours or via email( 

Community Service Opportunities

  • Reference the Jackson-Reed Weekly eNews (on the Home Page, go to the About, scroll to Weekly eNews, towards the bottom click the Community Service Opportunities
  • View our list of possible organizations to contact in the Opportunities Table.  Select the Community Service accordion.


Counseling Staff