Welcome to Oak Ridge High School Counseling!

Telephone:  865-425-9607
Fax:  865-425-9526
Address:  1450 Oak Ridge Turnpike  Oak Ridge, TN  37830
Office Hours:  M-F 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Counseling Staff

Counselor caseloads will now be distributed via grade level. If you have questions or concerns, please be sure to email your assigned counselor. Counselors will respond when they return to the office. Please see new caseload distribution and counselor contact information:

Class of 2025 – Ms. Bennewitz abennewitz@ortn.edu

Class of 2024 – Ms. Foster hafoster@ortn.edu

Class of 2023 – Ms. Ottinger bottinger@ortn.edu

Class of 2022 – Ms. Taylor hptaylor@ortn.edu


Alison King, School Social Worker, aking@ortn.edu

Rhonda Garrison, Registrar, rsgarrison@ortn.edu

Amy Campbell, Administrative Assistant, akcampbell@ortn.edu

Counselors are in the office from 7:40 a.m. – 3:40 p.m.  Students are encouraged to stop by before school, during the lunch break, or after school to make an appointment.  Parents may call or email at anytime to schedule an appointment with their student’s counselor.

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New Student Registration

The first step in our registration process is to stop by the Counseling Office to pick up a registration packet. Once you’ve picked up the registration packet we will make an appointment for you to meet with our Registrar, Ms. Garrison, to return the completed forms and additional paperwork needed. If you have any questions, please contact the Counseling Office Administrative Assistant, Ms. Campbell, at 865-425-9607.


Student Schedules for the 2021-2022 School Year

Schedules for the 2021-2022 school year will be available through Skyward on Wednesday, July 14th.  Schedule change requests will only be accepted from July 14th until 3:30 p.m. on Friday, August 6th.  No schedule change requests will be accepted prior to July 14th.  Schedule changes can be submitted online through your Skyward Family Access parent account starting on July 14th . Hardcopies of the schedule change forms will be available in the counseling office starting on July 14th.  Only requests submitted via the online form or the hardcopy form during the schedule change window will be reviewed.  Schedule changes will only be considered for the following reasons:

  1. Lack prerequisites or proper preparation for course
  2. Lack of credits for graduation, college entrance, NCAA or TSSAA.
  3. Other approved extenuating circumstance. Please refer to the 2021-2022 Academic Planning Guide page 33 for more information about our procedures for schedule changes: https://www.ortn.edu/highschool/academics/curriculum/

Keep in mind that all schedule changes are contingent upon course availability.  Classes cannot be overloaded to accommodate any requests.


Parents or students may contact teachers directly to inquire about missed work when when their student is absent.  If the student is absent for three or more days, a request may be submitted to Ms. Campbell to gather the assignments.  Please email akcampbell@ortn.edu or call 865-425-9607 to request homework and allow one full day to gather work.

Letters of Recommendation Deadlines

The Oak Ridge High School Counseling Department has a policy of requiring three weeks’ notice for requesting letters of recommendation for college applications and scholarships. ALL TEACHERS WILL BE REQUESTING THE SAME LEAD TIME THIS YEAR AS WELL. Items needed will be explained to seniors during Senior Seminars in August. We require an updated resume and teacher comment forms in order to write recommendations. Do not miss deadlines!

Transcript Request Instructions for Former Students

Please complete the Transcript Request Form (for former students). Please note that a copy of your government issued ID is required in order for us to process your request. Once you have submitted your Transcript Request please email a copy of your Government issued ID to the Registrar at rsgarrison@ortn.edu.

Transcript Request Form (for former students)

Education Verification Requests

Education Verification for employment purposes my be requested via fax or mail. The request must be accompanied by a signed release from the Oak Ridge High School student/graduate. Please make your request attention to Ms. Garrison and allow 72 hours for processing. Education Verification requests made without a signed release from the student/graduate will not be honored. There is no charge for Education Verification.

Ms. Garrison
ORHS Counseling Office
1450 Oak Ridge Turnpike
Oak Ridge, TN 37830

Fax: 865-425-9526 Attn: Ms. Garrison

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