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Exceeding Expectations with Excellence

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As a student in good standing, you and your child have the option to request an abbreviated schedule that includes only the courses needed to meet graduation requirements. If you are interested in removing courses not required for graduation, please complete this form by Friday, September 17, 2021.

Mission Statement

The mission of the John Marshall High School Counseling Department is to empower all students to reach their fullest potential by providing a comprehensive program to address students' academic and career goals in addition to supporting their personal and social needs.  This is accomplished through a partnership with parents/guardians, staff, and community members to enable all students to become successful, productive members of society.

Vision Statement

John Marshall High School Counseling Program seeks to inspire all of its students to become independent learners and thinkers who will live lives as responsible and productive members of society.

Belief Statement

School Counselors are certified educators trained in school counseling and educational issues.  Through appropriate and effective academic, career, and personal-social programs, all students can be successful.

Program Goals and Objectives

The goal of the school guidance and counseling program is to facilitate student development in the areas of Academic Development, Career Development, and Personal/Social Development.  Specific goals include:

  • Provide a program based on intellectual, social, emotional and physical development
  • Create an environment conductive to learning and mutual respect among all members of the school community
  • Enhance student achievement to reach requirements for high school graduation and post-secondary success
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the belief that all children can learn
  • Provide our students with opportunities to explore their own potentialities
  • Assist our students to grow academically, develop socially, make appropriate choices, and accept responsibility for the their decisions
  • Provide activities necessary for development of marketable skills and a rich cultural citizenship for every student
  • Assist our student in planning for educational and vocational choices
  • Collaborate and partner with educational stakeholders to increase the academic, personal/social and career development in all students


Mrs. Camilla Battle, Counslor

Mrs. Camilla Battle, Department Chair:

"Success is not just what you accomplish in your life, it is about what you inspire others to do."

It has been a joy to work as a school counselor where I obtained my high school diploma.  I am a proud alumna of John Marshall High School, class of 2000. Advocating for students with last names A - Ford in grades 9 -12 has been my passion since 2011.

My career path began with Richmond Public Schools at an early age while working in the Assistant Superintendent's office as a COE student in high school.  I continued to work as a work study student throughout college.  After graduating from VCU, I worked at Thomas Jefferson High School as an Administrative Office Associate for five years while working on my master's degree in counseling.  I also worked as a Family Services Advocate for the RPS Head Start program before being hired as the first school counselor at Patrick Henry Elementary Charter School.

I am excited to be at the Joy and Pride of Northside making a difference, one student at a time focusing on their academic, career, personal and social needs.

"Acts of Kindness"



Mrs. Jackson-Jones, Counselor

Mrs. Natasha Jackson-Jones:

"Life is not a race but a journey.  Buckle up and enjoy the ride."

I am excited to move into the School Counseling position here at John Marshall High School.  Although, this is a new position for me I am a familiar face here at the Joy & Pride of Northside.  Previously, I served as the school's Intervention Specialist, helping at risk students progress towards graduation.  Years prior to my employment here, I was a student, a graduate of JMHS Class of 1999.  I am proud to say JMHS has been a thread of my life through various stages.  

Today, I am here and prepared to assist all students especially those assigned to my caseload (Fortune - M).  I know that JMHS is a great place to take root, grow and prepare for your future.  It is my goal to assist students with academic planning and career exploration.  I am also here to help students positively process social and emotional concerns.  



Ms. Charita Harris, Counselor

Ms. Charita Harris:

"Every day is a new opportunity...get up, show up, and never give up!"

I am excited to start my journey as a high school counselor here at John Marshall High School.  Richmond Public Schools is home for me.  I am a graduate of Huguenot High School class of 2001.  My commitment to RPS has allowed me the opportunity to work as a college work study student for the Assistant Superintendent of Operations, Counselor at the alternative school, Capital City Program and Office Associate at the Richmond Technical Center.  I have also had the joy of being a 3rd grade Exceptional Education Teacher at G.H. Reid Elementary.  

After 4 years of teaching, I worked as a school counselor at Blackwell Elementary, where I truly found my passion in working with students to foster growth in the areas of academic, career, social, and emotional development.

Currently I serve as the Class Sponsor for the Class of 2022.

I couldn't be happier to bring my passion to JM to support the students with the last names Q - Z to Exceed Expectations with Excellence!