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Guidance Secretary - Mrs. Cooper, 901- 416-1423

School Phone number: 901-416-1435
Click the counselor's name for their email address

College and Career Web Site


B. Baker
J. Koestler
Optional/IB Coordinator

K. Knight

M. Manthe

D. Warren

J. Smith


The Guidance Department at Bolton High School serves the students, faculty, parents, and the community. Realizing that each student has individual needs and abilities, our efforts are designed to prepare a competent, responsible, self-reliant individual who can function to maximum potential. The guidance program seeks to assist all students to mature in self-understanding, responsibility, decision making, and the development of values.
Counselors meet with all grade level students for assistance with course scheduling and grade information, graduation requirements, career planning, college and scholarship applications, tutoring, study skills recommendations, and testing programs. All counselors are also available to discuss any academic and personal concerns.

Tennessee Graduation Requirements

Requirements for Students Beginning High School in Fall 2009

Total Credits Required: 22

Math: 4 Credits  - Including Algebra I, II, Geometry and a fourth higher level math course

Science: 3 Credits - Including Biology, Chemistry or Physics, and a third lab course

English: 4 Credits

Social Studies: 3 Credits

Physical Education And Wellness: 1.5 Credits

Personal Finance: 0.5 Credits

Foreign Language: 2 Credits
Fine Arts: 1 Credit - May be waived for students not going to a University to expand and enhance the elective focus

Elective Focus: 3 Credits - Math and Science, Career and Technical Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB)

Rank procedures:

The purpose for ranking students is to give colleges an accurate picture of which students have distinguished themselves with a selection of challenging courses and have excelled within those courses over the four years of high school.
Starting with the Tennessee Diploma Project class of 2013, the procedure for calculating rank in Shelby County Schools high schools will be as follows:

Rank will be calculated by weighted GPA. Final rank for seniors will be determined after the 7th semester (or 10th trimester) for college admission and scholarship reasons.
Valedictorian and Salutatorian will be determined at that time as well.

For standard classes: 
A = 4.0
B = 3.0
C = 2.0
D = 1.0
F = 0

For Honors classes:
 A = 4.5
B = 3.5
C = 2.5
D = 1.5
F = 0

For AP classes: 
A = 5.0
B = 4.0
C = 3.0
D = 2.0
F = 0

State Diploma Designations:

Graduate with Honors:

Students who score at or above all of the subject area readiness benchmarks on the ACT or equivalent score on the SAT will graduate with honors. The readiness benchmarks are below.

English 18
Mathematics 22
Reading 21
Science 24

Graduate with Distinction:

Students will graduate with distinction if they earn a B average and complete at least one of the following:

    1. Participate in at least one of the Governor’s Schools
    2. Participate in one of the state’s All State musical organizations
    3. Be selected as a National Merit finalist or semi-finalist
    4. Attain a 31 or higher composite score on the ACT
    5. Attain a score of 3 or higher on at least two AP exams
    6. Successfully complete the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program
    7. Earn 12 or more semester hours of postsecondary credit
    8. Earn a nationally recognized industry certification


Testing dates are indicated on the Bolton High Calendar.

Select icons below for testing dates.

Bolton's ACT Location Code is 430040

Online registration requires fee payment by credit card.

Paper applications are available in the Guidance Office.

Each Senior is allowed one "voucher" to pay for either the ACT or SAT.
Vouchers are distributed through the Guidance Office. Announcements will be
made regarding dates and times during which vouchers can be picked up by



The Tennessee State Board of Education mandates the end-of-course assessment in mathematics, science,
English, and social studies. Students enrolled in the following courses will be required to take an end-of-course exam: Math Foundations II, Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Physical Science, Biology I, Chemistry, English 9, English 10, and U.S. History.


The Gateway tests are a requirement for students who were incoming freshmen at the beginning of the 2001-2002 school year and thereafter. The Gateway tests are end-of-course tests which students must pass as a part of the requirements for earning a high school diploma. The Gateway exams count 15% of the second semester average. The three courses which require passing scores on the Gateway Exams are English II, Algebra I, and Biology.

Per the TN Diploma Project, entering Freshmen 2009-10 must complete an EOC exam in each of the following 10 courses: English I, II, and III, Algebra I and II, Geometry, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and US History.


The state mandated writing test is given to all Juniors to ensure that they can communicate effectively in written form.
The test counts as 15% of the 2nd semester average in English