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) 323-1050

    ·       Mrs.  Brandi Allen

    School Counselor all of  9th  Grade and 12th (Last Name N-Z)

    (754) 323-0918

     

    ·       Dr. Nina Oce

    School Counselor all of 10th Grade and 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.

     

     

    Welcome to the Grades Page!

    The technical jargon of school grades can be complicated sometimes. Like any other language, it makes sense once you pick it up, but it can be tricky to learn. Here’s a bit of explanation that might make it seem a little clearer.

    What is a Grade Point Average?

    Grade Point Average (GPA) is an average of the grade point values that you have earned for the credit courses you have taken while a student at Hallandale High School. 

    GPA Types

    Semester Grade Point Average.  This is the average of the grade point values that you have earned for all courses you have attempted in a semester.

    Cumulative Grade Point Average.  This is the average of the grade point values for all of the credit courses you have attempted while at Hallandale High, including repeated courses.

    Semester Grades

    Courses are broken down into parts called semesters.  Semester grades determine whether the course is passed and credit is earned.  Each semester grade is made up of three grades: two quarter grades and the exam grade.

    2 out of 3 is a Must!

    To receive a passing grade for the semester, the student must earn a passing grade in:  One quarter grading period and the semester examination or both Quarter Grading Periods.

    GPA calculator

    Students can use a GPA calculator to determine their present high school grade point average, determine what their GPA is likely to be in the future, or calculate the grades they will have to earn in order to raise their GPA to a target goal.  Click below to use the calculator.

     

     

    Advanced Placement

    Welcome to Advanced Academic Programs!

    Honors Courses

    Honors courses allow the student to investigate deeper in content than standard classes. The Honors curriculum also allows students to demonstrate their willingness to be involved in a more rigorous course of study. 

    Anyone who receives a 4 or 5 on the FSA should consider taking a Honors course and instructor approval. Contact your School Counselor for more information.

    Advanced Placement Courses

    The AP program is a nationally recognized, successful strategy for introducing students to the challenges of college-level coursework while still in high school. The AP program:

    • is structured so that high schools can offer college level work in up to 38 courses covering 20 subject areas,
    • is available to all students upon teacher recommendation.

    AP Capstone Program 

    The College Board's AP Capstone is an innovative college-level program based on an AP Seminar and AP Reasearch course that complements and enhances discipline specific AP courses. Students who earn scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar, AP Research, and four additional AP Exams of their choosing will receive the AP Capstone Diploma.  

    Broward Virtual School

    Students who want to earn extra high school credits or may need to recover a class needed for graduation, can register for courses at Broward Virtual School.  Click the links below for instructions on how to create an account and register for courses.

    Virtual School Online directions

    Virtual School Online registration

    For more information on these programs, make an appointment with your School Counselor.

    • The AP program is a nationally recognized, successful strategy for introducing students to the challenges of college-level coursework, while they are still in high school. The AP program,
      • is structured so that high schools can offer college level work in up to 38 courses covering 20 subject areas,
      • provides an opportunity for students enrolled in AP courses and others who have completed related honors courses or studied independently to be tested on a level similar to college course standards, and
      • provides voluntary staff development for AP teachers through consultants, workshops, and publications by College Board staff.

    Examinations are scored on a scale ranging from one to five (1: no recommendation, 2: possibly qualified, 3: qualified, 4: well qualified, and 5: extremely well qualified). Higher education institutions worldwide award college credit or advanced placement to students for AP coursework, with each college or university deciding which AP examination scores and courses will be accepted. Most higher education institutions grant credit and/or advanced placement for AP scores of 3 or better. Therefore, the standard for competency has been defined as a score of 3 or above.

    BCPS students enrolled in AP courses are required under School Board Policy 6000.1 to participate in the AP examination. Students who believe they will be successful on the AP examinations based on participation in other rigorous academic curriculum, such as International Baccalaureate (IB) classes, may sit for the examination(s) even though they are not enrolled in AP courses. Examination dates are determined by the College Board and are scheduled in May. Districts may not modify administration dates.

    Advanced Placement (AP) is a nationally recognized program which provides high school students with the opportunity to enroll in college level courses. A review of data reveals that an increased number of high schools are offering the full complement of Advanced Placement core courses either on-site or via distance learning opportunities.

    Courses

      • English Language & Composition
      • English Literature & Composition
      • Biology
      • Calculus AB
      • Environmental Science
      • French Language & Culture
      • Psychology
      • Spanish Language & Culture
      • US Government & Politics
      • US History
      • World History

    AP Central

    Resources for Students & Parents in Advanced Placement Courses

      • www.act.org —ACT's homepage links to all ACT's programs, services, research, innovative users, and much more.
      • www.c-b-e.org —The Council for Basic Education, a national non-profit organization, advocates high academic standards for all students and exemplary teaching in every classroom in our nation's public schools.

     

     

    Welcome to Dual Enrollment/Early Admission Dual Enrollment Program

    Early Admissions

    • If you are a senior, you can choose the Early Admissions option.  You can enroll full-time in college and receive high school and college credit for courses you take.  You must complete two consecutive terms carrying 12 college-level credit hours each major term, and maintain an unweighted grade point average of 2.0, in order to receive your high school diploma.  To be eligible for this program, students must meet the same requirements as dual enrollment.

     

    • Broward College (BC) and the School Board of Broward County (SBBC) jointly sponsor a Dual Enrollment Program. This program gives high school juniors and seniors a unique opportunity to enroll in courses at BC for high school and college credit. To be eligible for the program, students must have an unweighted cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher and appropriate SAT, ACT, or CPT scores. Courses are offered at Pompano Beach High School as well as BC's campus locations. Dual-enrolled students do not pay the BC registration, matriculation, or textbook fee because they are receiving high school credit for the courses. The classes are taught by professors committed to academic excellence and rigorous standards. Dual enrollment courses not offered by BC may be taken at other institutions with which SBBC has dual enrollment agreements. Currently, dual enrollment agreements are in place for BC, FAU and FIU.

    Please contact our School Counseling Office for more information 754-323-0915. To enroll in Dual Enrollment, the student must have earned 11 credits in high school, have a minimum of a 3.0 unweighted GPA and one of the following test scores.

    BROWARD COLLEGE ASSESSMENT SCORES FOR DUAL ENROLLMENT STUDENTS ONLY

     

    ENGLISH

    READING

    MATH (MAC1105)

    MAT1033

    SAT

    440+

    440+

    490+

    440-489

    ACT

    17+

    19+

    21+

    19-20

    PERT*

    103+

    106+

    123+

    114-122

      • Listen to HHS Announcements for Specific Registration Deadlines

    Approximate times for registration:

      • Fall Term - April
      • Winter Term - October
      • Summer Term - February

    Broward College will release the exact date, which we will announce for students

      • See Mr.Mellerson for the Online Registration Instructions and PERT testing information (if you have never been enrolled in Dual Enrollment)
      • Meet with your School Counselor to choose BC classes and obtain the required Recommendation Form
      • Return signed Recommendation Form to Counselor by the Deadline Date (there are no exceptions to the deadline per Broward College)
      • Mr. Mellerson will return packets to students before the online registration opens at Broward College
      • Register online for the approved classes listed on your Dual Enrollment Recommendation Form
      • Bring proof of registration (copy of BC Schedule) to Mr. Mellerson to receive your Textbook Acquisition Form

     

    Credit In Escrow (YOU PAY)

      • 3.0 Weighted GPA
      • Pass College Placement Test or 440 Verbal and Math SAT
      • Pass Algebra II or Higher

    For more information on these programs, make an appointment with your Guidance Counselor.

     

    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 http://www.broward.k12.fl.us/etsweb/records_retention_transcript_req.htm.

    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