Welcome to the Powell High School Counseling Department. The guidance department is where enrollment, withdrawals, scheduling, grades and much more takes place. We have four counselors all divided by grade level, and one college and career counselor that will be happy to assist you and our students in any way possible.


    *Senior News link for all scholarships Senior News


    • As we approach fall, the State of Tennessee recognizes the importance of post-secondary education. In regards, they deem September 17th-21st as College App Week, across the state. We here at Powell High School want to continue to push the importance of all graduates having a post-secondary plan. Powell High School will join in with the State of Tennessee to celebrate College App Week. We will be holding first Tailgate Kick-off Celebration for College App Week here at Powell High School. This will take place during the school day on September 17th. The Guidance Department hopes students will see it as a fun way to show the importance of post-secondary education. During this week we will encourage all seniors to apply for a post-secondary institution. We will be holding a contest between all senior advisorys. Whichever senior advisory wins, each student in that advisory will win a free single prom ticket. Most colleges discount, if not make applications free during College App Week. Powell High School goal is to have 100% application rate for post-seconday for the 2018/2019 school year.
    • All seniors will apply for the TN Promise in school during College App Week. We will call by alphabetical order to complete the TN Promise. If your student doesn't attend when called, please have them complete this by the deadline of Nov. 1, 2018. Attached are directions on how to complete the TN Promise application How to apply for TN Promise
    • FAFSA Night on Thursday, October 18 at 5:30pm in the Library. Sarah Davis from Pellissipi State Community College will be here to help any family needing assistance completing the FAFSA.  We will serve you pizza for dinner. Attached is what you need to bring with you FAFSA Checklist  FASFA deadline for anyone using TN Promise is Feburary 1, 2019.
    • TN FAFSA FRENZY will be Thursday, October 29th from 9am-11am in the Library. TnAchieves will be on site to help any student/parent needing help to still complete your FASFA. This is open to all students and families. FAFSA Checklist  FASFA No appoitment is necessary. Please contact Mrs. Taylor with any questions at cassidy.taylor@knoxschools.org


    If you have any questions at all, please feel free to email Mrs. Taylor at cassidy.taylor@knoxschools.org or call 865-938-2171 ext. 74615 or Mrs. Lanius at emily.lanius@knoxschools.org or 865-938-2171 ext. 74613

    We now have a "Pipeline" Program that will assist students with career guidance, after school tutoring (on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-5:00) & mentoring, acquiring financial aid, college entrance exam prep & ACT fee waivers, college applications & application fee waivers, college tours and the STEM/healthcare career camp at LMU.  This is open to any Knox County High School student that has demonstrated an interest in attending post-secondary education.  For more information or to apply, contact: John Hardebeck at jhardebeck@bgctnv.org or call 865-232-1200
    *Please note that this program is by application base only and limited availibility.
    Mr. Hardebecks hours at PHS are Monday-Wednesdays, 9-5pm.
    Senior Remind 101!  All rising seniors, "Class of 2018" and their parents, who wish to receive text messages regarding senior announcements and information can sign up by texting @c9f28f to 81010. Just make sure students that you actually read the messages sent :) - Mrs. Taylor
    PHS Counsel has a twitter!  Follow us at @Powell_counsel for updates and information.

    FAFSA- You may now apply for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Every student, and at least one parent/guardian, has to have an FSA I.D. and your 2017 tax information in order to complete this application. The FAFSA is your “application” for the TN Promise, the HOPE Scholarship and any other type of state, or federal, financial aid. If you do not fill this out, you will NOT receive any monetary help with your college education. 2019 Graduates can begin to apply for FAFSA on October 1st, 2018. Deadline for FAFSA if you are using TN Promise money is Friday, February 1 2019. http://www.fafsa.gov

    TN Promise, if you are a senior you are able to apply for the TN Promise now until November 1st!  Go to http://www.TNPromise.gov  See the TN Promise section on the counseling home page for more information.
    ACT is now a graduation requirement!! If you have NOT taken the ACT yet, and you are a junior, you will be able to take the ACT for free on Tuesday, March 12th, 2019. You can also receive a fee waiver and eligible to receive the ACT online prep if you received free and reduced lunch. Please see Mrs. Taylor for an ACT voucher. Don’t forget to list your choice of 4 schools during your registration process as well. Your ACT scores from this test will not be on your transcripts for a few months, so if you don’t list the schools, and then they need those results, you will have to pay for ACT to send them.
    Attached is our new ACT boot camp sign ups. Please see attached flyer January ACT Boot Camp Flyer
    Any questions please email our ACT Head Coach Mr. Smoker at micaiah.smoker@knoxschools.org or call 865-938-2171 ext. 74635.
    The ACT test scores are very important for college admission and scholarships!!!  I know it is a hard exam, but if you do not achieve the score you desire then please retake it as many times as you feel necessary to get that desired score!!  Some scholarships start at a composite score of 24-26, but many more are available for scores of 28+.  We have prep books in the guidance office, there are websites that offer helpful tips (google can be your best friend), or there are tutoring courses available for a fee.  Some colleges superscore, but most scholarship opportunities do not, also, some of those scholarships have a December 1st cut off date.  So, give it all you've got, and as soon as possible!!  Below is the new ACT schedule: 
    2018-2019 ACT Test Dates

    ACT TEST DATES:Click below

    ACT dates and registration

    Free Senior re-take date is October 17th, 2017 during school. Free Junior ACT date is March 20th during school.
    Test Fees are $42.50 for the ACT, if you take the ACT with the writing portion it is $58.50.  There is a late fee of $27.50 if you register during the late registration period.  Current juniors will get to take the exam in school on March 20, 2018 at no charge.  This will be their "free" voucher.  If you are a student on free and reduced lunch you are able to receive two additional vouchers total, at no charge once we verify your eligibility. You are also eligible for the ACT online Prep, just select that option upon check out.  Students need to register themselves at http://www.actstudent.org.  Once an account is set up, you can choose a test date and location.  The school has no way to know what their username and/or password is so please keep a record of what you choose.
    The following ACT/SAT Test Prep websites offer test taking tips, practice test questions, practice ACT or SAT tests, and many other helpful resources.
    ACT Test Prep


    2016-2017 SAT Test Date:
    Test Date Registration Deadline Online Score Release
    October 6, 2018 September 7, 2018 October 19, 2018
    November 3, 2018* October 5, 2018 November 16, 2018
    December 1, 2018 November 2, 2018 December 14, 2018
    March 9, 2019** February 8, 2019 March 22, 2019

    SAT Test Prep


    There is a $5.00 charge for transcripts, cash or check made out to Powell High School. Students that graduated this year (2018) will not be charged for transcripts until August. Student must be present to request transcripts and if the student is 18 or older they must show a photo ID. Relatives are not allowed to pick up transcripts for students. Please see the Guidance Office to fill out transcript request form.
    Powell High School Guidance Department
    2136 W. Emory Road
    Powell, TN 37849
    (865) 938-2171 Main Office

    Class of 2019 Important Dates

    September 17-21  College App Week

    September 17 – College Kick-Off Cookout (3rd block)

    September 18 – TN Promise Sign ups (REACH)/English teachers available to help w/ college essays (REACH + 3:30-5:00)

    Parent-Teacher Conferences – 4:30-6:30

    September 19 – UT Knoxville Round-Table 9:30-10:30/English teachers available to help w/ college essays (REACH)

    September 20 – TN Promise Sign ups (during REACH)/English teachers available to help w/ college essays (REACH + 3:30-5:00)

    September 21 – College App Day

    TN Promise Sign Ups (during REACH)

    September 18, 2018- Senior Parent Night 6:30 in the Auditorium

    September 21, 2018- KCS College & Career Fair field trip permission slips due

    September 25, 2018- KCS College & Career Fair field trip

    September 29, 2018- Free ACT Boot Camp in the Library (9:00-1:00)

    October 1, 2018- FAFSA Opens Up

    October 2, 2018- Senior ACT re-take (in school)

    October 8-12, 2018- FALL BREAK


    October 18, 2018- FAFSA Night – 6:00 PM in Library

    October 26, 2018- Community Career Fair – 8:00-4:00 in the Complex/TN Promise – 10:00 in the Auditorium

    October 27, 2018- National ACT test

    October 29, 2018- FAFSA Frenzy (9:00 in the Library for parents & students to receive help completing the FAFSA)

    November 1, 2018- TN Promise Application Deadline

    November 21-23, 2018- THANKSGIVING BREAK

    December 1, 2018- Free ACT Boot Camp – 9:00-10:00 in the Library

    December 3, 2018- Order Graduation Supplies at listed prices

    December 8, 2018- National ACT Test

    December 19-20, 2018- KCS Final Exams

    December 20, 2018- Early Grad Senior Exit Forms due

    December 21, 2018- LAST DAY for Early Grads to have ALL coursework complete to meet graduation requirements

    January 7, 2019- Order Graduation Supplies cost increase and limited offerings

    January 21, 2019- MLK Day—No School

    January 25, 2019- Pellissippi Mini College Fair hosted by PHS - 12:00-2:00 in the complex

    January 26, 2019- Free ACT Boot Camp – 9:00-1:00 in the Library

    February 1, 2019- FAFSA Deadline for TN Promise Eligibility

    February 9, 2019- National ACT Test

    February 22, 2019- ASVAB (Career Exploration Test)

    March 2, 2019- Free ACT Boot Camp – 9:00-1:00 in the Library

    March 16-22, 2019- SPRING BREAK

    March 28, 2019- Senior Supply Breakfast – 9:00 am-12:00 pm in the Cafeteria

    April 1, 2019- Mandatory TN Promise Meeting – 5:30 in the Gym

    April (TBA), 2019- Top 10/Who’s Who Luncheon – 12:00-2:00 in the Complex

    April 25, 2019- Senior Exit forms due/Senior Picture for Scholarship Board due

    April (TBA), 2019- Post-Secondary Luncheon (12:00-2:00)

    April 27, 2019- Junior/Senior Prom at the Downton Hilton from 6:00-10:00

    May 1, 2019- National College Signing Day in the Auditorium (time TBA)

    May 9, 2019- 1st & 2nd Block Senior Exams

    May 10, 2019- 3rd & 4th Block Senior Exams/Senior Awards Day (time TBA)

    May (TBA), 2019- Baccalaureate Service – 7:00 pm at Black Oak Heights Baptist Church

    May 16, 2019- Mandatory Graduation Practice – 12:00 pm at Thompson-Boling Arena/**KCS transportation provided. See Coach Porter to sign up**

    May 18, 2019-Graduation – 9:00 am at Thompson-Boling Arena/**Seniors need to arrive by 8:00 am**

    Powell High School Guidance Department
    2136 W. Emory Road
    Powell, TN 37849
    (865) 938-2171 Main Office
    (865)947-5970 Fax
    Senior School Counselor- Mrs. Emily Lanius ext.74613
    Junior School Counselor- Ms. Elizabeth Patt ext.74611
    Sophomore School Counselor- Mrs. Marlo Bales ext.74614
    Freshman School Counselor- Mrs. Candi Buffington ext.74612
    College and Career Ready Counselor- Mrs. Cassidy Taylor ext.74615
    Guidance Secretary- Mrs. Karen Speegle ext.74610
    ACT Head Coach- Mr. Micaiah Smoker ext.74635
    Graduation Facilitator- Mr. Jim Porter ext.74656