Guidance Overview

5 years ago

Mrs. Sonya Atkinson

Mrs. Sonya Atkinson is the school counselor for Clinton Middle School. She has been a counselor at CMS for the past 12 years. Both her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees are from Clemson University. Mrs. Atkinson can be reached by email at or by phone at 938-1672.

Clinton Middle School's Guidance Department is comprised of Sonya Atkinson who serves as school counselor for grade 6, 7, & 8,  Amanda Turner, our Career Development Facilitator, and Terri O'Shields is our Gear Up Coordinator. 

We will be conducting IGP conferences for 8th grade students this spring. Please click on the link below to schedule your time.

EEDA/Individual Graduation Plans (IGPs)

The Education and Economic Development Act ( EEDA) was passed into law in May of 2005. This law mandates that middle school students begin setting career goals in preparation for the future. The EEDA focuses on the need for individualized student planning so that students can move easily through middle school to high school and then on to postsecondary instruction. If you are the parent of an 8th grader, you will be required to meet with a school representative to conduct an Individualized Graduation Plan ( IGP) to help select your child's courses for CHS. We will begin conducting IGP meetings in the next few weeks. Be looking for a red postcard inviting you to come in and discuss your child's future!

DUKE Talent Identification Program ( Duke TIP)

Some select students in 7th grade were chosen to participate in the Duke University Talent Identification Program based on PASS scores. Duke University selects the preliminary group of students based on rigid criteria sent to the counselors at middle schools throughout the southeast. Deadline to submit applications is October and November.