Guidance

  • Guidance Department

    Welcome Students and Parents to the Guidance and Counseling website.  Feel free to explore the links to the left of the page for important links and topics of interest, or read below for important information regarding our Guidance and School Counseling Department.

    Mission Statement

    The purpose of the Hallandale High School Guidance Department is to provide a program designed to facilitate the educational and social/emotional needs of students so that they may reach their full potential.  This approach focuses on the prevention of problems by providing all students with appropriate age skills and guidance information.

    School Counselors strive to meet the developmental needs of all students and respond to the special cultural and social needs and interests of individual students.  Counseling students, consulting with staff, parents and community members and integrating the school's guidance program into the instructional program are among the primary responsibilities of the school counselor.  School Counselors do not make decisions for students, but help them and their parents acquire facts and ideas to make decisions. 

    >The Guidance program ensures that the skills of the school counselor are used to optimal advantage.  The Guidance program works in conjunction with other school personnel, programs and community resources.  Parents are kept informed of programs and are encouraged to participate in the development of students.

    Who's my Counselor?

    Counselors are assigned by grade levels and last names.

    Jarrett Mellerson


    Director of School Counseling/11th/12th Grade (Last Name A-M)


      754-323-0915 

    ·       Mrs.  Alls

    School Counselor all of  9th  Grade and 10th

    (754) 323-0918 

    ·       Dr. Nina Oce

    School Counselor all of  11th (Last Name N-Z)

    (754) 323-0947 

    How do I see my Counselor?

    Counselors are often available before school, during lunch, after school, and always by appointment.

    How do I contact the Assistant Principal of Counseling and Student Services?

    To speak with Mrs. Annette Pinckney, you may leave a voice mail, or schedule a meeting with her through the Guidance secretary at 754-323-0900.

     

    Bright Futures Page

    Apply for Florida Bright Futures Seniors are encouraged to complete the Florida Financial Aid Application (FFAA) from December 1st until graduation. This on-line application takes about 5-10 minutes to complete. To apply for Bright Futures and other Florida financial aid programs, go to: http://www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org/

    • Click: State Grants, Scholarships & Application
    • Look for: APPLY HERE
    • Click: Initial State Student Application
    • Fill out application completely and carefully!

    MAKE CERTAIN TO USE THE CORRECT SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER! If social security number is incorrect or missing from the high school record, the Bright Futures application will not be processed! Check your transcript information carefully! Date of birth, Social Security Number, Spelling of Name, Gender, and Race must all match transcript. Please see Ms. Roberson in the Guidance Office as soon as possible to correct errors. Remember, students must file the Florida Financial Aid Application during their last year in high school, before graduation, or they will forfeit all future eligibility for a Bright Futures Scholarship. It is good for 3 years after graduation. Even those who plan to attend college out of state, enter the military, or have no immediate post-secondary plans now, PLEASE APPLY!

    Page for Transcripts

    School Registrar: Eraka Smith (754) 323-0906

    Registration Information

    Once students are accepted through the magnet office the following items are needed for registration:

    • School Registration Form 
    • Magnet Survey
    • Birth Certificate (copy)
    • 680 Health Immunization Form (original)
    • Physical Form (original, dated within the year)
    • Two (2) proofs of address, i.e. utility bill, driver's license, mortgage/lease agreement

    Transcripts  

    FOR CURRENT STUDENTS AND GRADUATES AFTER 2004 Students may pick up the Transcript Request Form in the School Counseling Office to obtain the request form. Once completed, bring the form and $3.00 (per transcript) to the Registrar’s Office in the School Counseling Department or mail to: Pompano Beach High School Attn: Registrar 600 NE 13th Avenue Pompano Beach, FL 33060 Please allow 1-3 days for processing. Fee Hard copy transcripts are $3.00 each. Electronic transmissions (Florida State Public Universities) are free of charge. SAT scores or ACT scores need to be sent directly from www.collegeboard.org or www.act.org to the universities you are applying to as they are not included on your transcript. FOR PAST GRADUATES PRIOR TO 2005 Contact the Broward County Public Schools Records Retention Office at 754 321-3150 or Transcript

    Graduation Requirement Page

    Graduation Requirements

    Selecting the right courses in high school and planning ahead is more important than ever. Qualifying for graduation, Bright Futures Scholarships, and state university admission all include meeting specific course requirements. To prepare for your career and education goals after high school, be sure to select the diploma type and graduation plan that best meet your need.

    Standard Diploma

    The standard diploma consists of a minimum of 24 credits, completed over 4 years (the traditional route). There are two accelerated versions available consisting of 18 credits, completed in 3 years (parent and counselor approval is required). Graduation requirements vary depending on year student enters 9th grade, as follows:

     High School Graduation Requirements

    While there are rules on the minimum number and type of credits required for a standard diploma, there are also specific requirements for scholarships and college admission that must be met. The following graduation plans will help prepare you to meet your goals.

    College Prep

    If you want to attend college after graduation, you must take certain courses to meet state university admission requirements. The course requirements for state university admission are the same for two Bright Futures Scholarship awards:  the Florida Academic Scholars and Florida Medallion Scholars.  So, by following the college prep curriculum, you meet the course requirements for high school graduation, state university admission, and two Bright Futures Scholarship awards. This option is required for state university admission and recommended  (but not required) if you intend to pursue an Associates in Arts degree at a Florida college (previously know as community colleges) and then transfer to college or university to complete a Bachelor's Degree.

    The college prep curriculum consists of a minimum of 18 credits, so it can be completed within the traditional 4-year standard diploma or accelerated 3-year standard diploma options.

    Career Prep

    You can focus on a career technical program in high school to gain skills for work or continue after graduation at a Florida college (previously know as community colleges), technical center, or registered apprenticeship program. By following the career prep curriculum, you meet the course requirements for high school graduation and the third Bright Futures Scholarship award: the Gold Seal Vocational Scholars. This option is recommended if you intend to pursue a technical certificate/license, Associate's Degree, Bachelor's degree, or simply wish to gain specific career training.

    The career prep curriculum consists of a minimum of 18 credits, so it can be completed within the traditional 4-year standard diploma or accelerated 3-year standard diploma options.

    College and Career Prep

    This combination provides an opportunity to meet course requirements for state university admission and all three Bright Futures Schlarship awards (which gives you a good shot at getting one of them). This option gives you the most flexibility and fits with any post-graduation goal.

    The college and career prep curriculum consists of a minimum of 18-21 credits, so it can't be completed in less than 4 years.

    Standard Graduation Prep

    This option will provide you with the minimum 24-credit course requirements for high school graduation, without including state university admission or Bright Futures Scholarship award requirements.

    Special Diploma

    In Florida, students with disabilities may choose to work toward a standard diploma or a special diploma (option 1 or option 2). There are resources to help you learn more about what is required for these diplomas and how your diploma selection will affect what you can do once you graduate (e.g., work, military, career and technical school, community college, university).

    High School Diploma Options for Students with Disabilities - Getting the Right Fit (PDF)

    Diploma Decisions for Students with Disability - What Parents Need to Know (PDF)

    Comparison Chart of Diploma Options (PDF) (see page 15)

     

     BRACE Page

    BRACE

    • BRACE DEPARTMENT

    The Broward Advisors for Continuing Education Program (BRACE) is unique to the Broward County School System.

    Hallandale High School's BRACE Advisor
    Kathleen Watson-Wilkin
    754-323-0968

    http://kathleenwatson-wil.wix.com/hallandale

    Announcements:

    Check out our new BRACE website here.

     Financial Aid Information:

    Students should visit www.fafsa.gov to complete the online FAFSA. Please remember that if a Web site requests credit card information or some other form of payment to complete the FAFSA, then that site is not the official government (FREE) Web site.

    Pay close attention to deadlines as you apply for financial aid. State-imposed deadlines for state-funded aid appear on FAFSA on the Web at www.fafsa.gov. Because schools may have their own deadlines for federal campus-based and school financial aid, students should directly contact financial aid administrators at their prospective schools to determine if schools have their own application forms for aid and to confirm school deadlines.

    Review your Student Aid Report (SAR) and correct any errors, if necessary, in the information supplied on the FAFSA. Students can make changes to data on the SAR by visiting FAFSA on the Web at www.fafsa.gov and clicking on ‘View and Print Your Student Aid Report.'

    As you begin to apply for financial aid, you should be careful to keep your personal information safe. Please read Save Your Money, Save Your Identity at www.studentaid.ed.gov/pubs pubs to learn ways to reduce the risk of identity theft.

    College Applications

    Bright Futures Information:

    Seniors are encouraged tocomplete the Florida Financial Aid Application (FFAA) from December 1st until graduation. This on-line application takes about 5 - 10 minutes to complete. To apply for Bright Futures and other Florida financial aid programs, go to:

    www.FloridaStudentFinancialAid.org

      • State Grants, Scholarships & Application
      • Look for: APPLY HERE
      • Initial State Student Application
      • Proceed to application and complete carefully!

    MAKE CERTAIN TO USE THE CORRECT SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER If social security number is incorrect or missing from the high school record, the Bright Futures application will not beprocessed! It is advisable to check your transcript information carefully!

    Date of birth, Social Security Number, Spelling of Name, Gender and Race all must match transcript. Please see Guidance Office as soon as possible to correct errors.

    Steps to apply for Florida Student Scholarship and Grant programs. CLICK HERE

    Resources and Helpful Links

    ACT / SAT

    All juniors planning to attend college should take the ACT and/or SAT Exam. Students can retake these exams as many times as they wish until they are satisfied with their score. Registration is offered online. Paper registration forms are available in the BRACE office. Fee waivers are available for those who qualify.

    The decisions that are made now can affect high school graduation and admission to college. Planning your life after graduation can be overwhelming. Use the official statewide student advising website, facts.org, to determine your career objectives and higher education opportunities.To find a college based on admission criteria, retention rates, and accreditation, visit http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/cool/

    For additional resources for the SAT/ACT please click here.

    The college advisors at HHS work hard to ensure that our students are prepared for college. Our counselors encourage students to take the most rigorous academic curriculum they can successfully manage, while participating in a wide array of extracurricular activities. They work hard to help students and families make informed decisions about colleges and prepare their college applications. Students are individually considered and matched with the college or university that is best suited to their goals and interests. The advisors at Hallandale High School are committed to developing individuals who are academically proficient, technologically capable, and socially prepared to be productive, conscientious and responsible citizens.

    Useful Links

    Testing Information

    College Planning

    Financial Aid Information