Welcome to the RHS Guidance Office

The RHS guidance office has two full-time counselors and a graduation coach to help students in personal, academic, and career issues. Students can make appointments or just drop-in as needed. Parents/families/guardians are welcome to contact us with any concerns they have for their student, even if that concern is not necessarily school related. Make sure to check the calendar regularly for important dates that pertain to juniors and seniors specifically in preparing for graduation, as well as underclassmen testing information.

Class of 2019 & 2021 should contact Kim Kelley or Steve Smith

Class of 2020 & 2022 should contact Stacey Horn or Steve Smith

Guidance Office Fax: 731-635-5598

Test Dates

ASVAB- This test that is required to enter any military branch will be given during the school day at Ripley High School. The ASVAB will be given towards the end of the fall semester. Students must sign up with ROTC instructors or guidance.

EOC exams will now be TNReady tests. There are two parts to each test and these will be spread over two testing windows in the fall and in the spring. Fall test dates can be viewed in the RHS Calendar.

ACT - The ACT State test for Juniors will be spring 2019.

Early Post Secondary Opportunities - Ripley High School

Statewide Dual Credit:

US History Criminal Justice Pre-Calculus

Dual Enrollment:

Numerous opportunities through partnerships with Dyersburg State Community College, UT Martin-Ripley, Bethel University, Union University, and Tennessee College of Applied Technology. Students must have the required GPA and ACT to participate.

Advanced Placement:

Niswonger-AP Literature & Composition Niswonger- AP English Language Composition Niswonger- AP Human Geography Niswonger- AP Psychology

Niswonger- AP Environmental Science Niswonger- AP Art History

Niswonger- AP Computer Science AP Calculus

Industry Certification:

Production Certification (CPT)
Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
Emergency Medical Responder (First Responder) TN Specific Industry Certification Animal Science Comp TIA IT Fundamentals
Comp TIA A+

EPSO’s provide students with the opportunity to earn college credit while in high school, develop the confidence and skills necessary for success in postsecondary, make informed postsecondary and career decisions, and decrease the time and cost of completing a certificate or degree. Opportunities that help to support this culture of college and career readiness for Ripley High School students are listed on this page.

Ready Graduate - As proposed in Tennessee’s ESSA state plan, a Ready Graduate must meet one of the following criteria:

-score a 21 or higher on the ACT; OR-complete four early postsecondary opportunities (EPSOs); OR-complete two EPSOs + earn an industry certification; OR
-complete 2 EPSOs +score a designated score TBD on the Armed Services Vocational

Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) Armed Forces Qualifying Test (AFQT).

The State of Tennessee defines these four “checks” for evidence that graduates have demonstrated postsecondary and workforce readiness.