Guidance Department's list of
Frequently Asked Questions

Presentation Shared at Coffee with Counselors

February 13, 2019
Dual Enrollment Opportunities
DE Presentation WPHS feb 2019.pptx

October 15, 2018
Coffee with Counselors Q1 18-19.pptx

Incoming Freshmen Campus Tour Dates:


Feb. 19, 2019 at 2:30 and 5:30

March 12, 2019 at 2:30 and 5:30

No Reservations needed.  Just show up for the date and time you would like to tour


New Registrations for WPHS- You can find our Course Selection Form and Courses here:
Course Offering Selection Form.pdf

Courses Offered the 2018-19 School Year.pdf


2018-2019 SAT/ACT Dates

SAT ACT 2018 2019.pdf


 2017-18 Guidance Presentations:

Classroom Guidance

Classroom Guidance Junior Presentation.pdf
Classroom Guidance Sophomore Presentation.pdf
During a student's Senior year, the counselors meet individually with their caseload throughout the year to ensure their success in their high school requirements and postsecondary readiness. Counselors also go into Senior English classes during the Fall to guide students through the Florida Student Scholarship and Grant Application.

*Counselors are available for walk-ins during both lunches.



We're Here To Help!

Students at Winter Park High School have access to a wide range of resources through the guidance office that can greatly facilitate their high school experience and provide a firm foothold on future goals. The counselors provide students with information about choosing courses, avoiding academic pitfalls, and selecting future goals to prepare students for life after high school. Specifically, the counseling staff is available to help with checking for students’ satisfactory progress towards graduation, providing academic guidance in the selection of courses in accordance with student interests and abilities and assisting in developing comprehensive, long range plans.

The counselors are here to support you. If you have trouble with a class, a personal issue or simply lose your focus, see your counselor. Whether it is “just listening” or giving study tips, the counselors will work to get you back on track. The assigned counselor will be the primary contact person for a student’s academic information. Students may make an appointment with their counselor through the guidance secretary before or after school. Counselors will be available for general questions each day during both lunch periods.

The guidance office provides an experienced, professional staff eager to help students with eight counselors (two on the Freshman Campus and seven on the Main Campus).

Remember, it is never too early to prepare for what comes next. Whenever you’re ready, we are here to help.

The specific steps toward success begin with defining your goals and interests. The start of the school year is a good time to meet your guidance counselor to review your academic plan.

Above all, do not worry if your plans change. You are learning—and that is what school is for. Many students change their minds along their journey as they learn more about themselves and what’s available to them.


As many of you know, the College Career Resource Center is a wonderful resource for students to gather information on scholarships and colleges. The College Career Resource Center is also available to assist rising seniors complete their college applications. The Center is staffed by our very knowledgeable parent volunteers and is located in the 100 hall right outside the Guidance Office for easy access. Check out the Center’s webpage on our WPHS Website for 2016-2017 hours and other useful information.


Both Valencia State College and Seminole State College host College Nights each October. College Night allows students to investigate college opportunities and to talk to representatives from many colleges and universities around the country. This past year, over 170 representatives were on hand to chat with our students about admission requirements, housing, financial aid and other relevant issues.



Summer is dedicated to registering and welcoming new students, adjusting fall schedules, meeting with families to discuss educational plans and working with summer school students. Students new to Winter Park High School should call the guidance office to schedule a registration appointment. The guidance staff will provide a list of required registration items. Both students and parents should be present at the registration meeting to complete paperwork and select courses for the school year.


Students were provided the opportunity with teacher, guidance and parental input to select elective and academic courses and make any necessary changes at the end of last school year. Necessitated by the fact that teachers are hired based on the number of student requests for courses and Florida’s Class Size amendment, the last chance for scheduling changes will be during Welcome Back Cats held the week before sch0ol starts each year. Once School starts, changing students from one class to another disrupts the learning environment and changes are made only for the following errors in student schedules:

Duplicate Course

Credit already received for course

Course prerequisites not met

Incorrect course sequence

Course needed for graduation

Administrative Leveling Changes made to ensure that classes meet Florida’s Class Size Amendment.

Change requests that cannot be granted are the following:

Desire a different teacher

Desire for a different lunch period

Credit for course not needed

Signed up for night school

Desire to raise GPA

Do not like elective

Failure to earn a passing grade in a course


Parent Information Night for our senior, junior and sophomore parents, including a break-out sessions for IB parents will be held in September. Please check the WPHS website guidance page in August for the exact date and time. The college application process, graduation requirements, options for future plans, college applications, testing and scholarships will be presented.

Guidance Docs and Links

Course Selection Guides

WInter Park HS Curriculum Guide 2018-2019

Print and take to teachers or guidance

Community Service Log

Senior Autobiography

Weekly Progress Report Form

Override Form

Order and Pay for Transcripts

Transcript Verification Form

College Planning

NCAA Information

OCPS Career and Technical Education

2016-17 Bright Futures Brochure
Questions about Bright Futures answered here for the Class of 2017.

Letters of Recommendation
Contact your guidance directly for letters of recommendation

Common Application News and Notes
Juniors many of you will use the common application to apply for college. Hot off the press, Common Application has released their new essay prompts so that you can get a head start in writing your personal essay. You can also read about a couple of other changes Common Application will be making.

Free! CLEP Camp July 25-27, 2016 CLEP Test given on July 28, 2016
AP Students currently attending an Orange County school who tested in May 2016 and received a 2 on one of the following AP exams: AP English Language & Composition AP Psychology AP US History (Student's earning a 3 may also take this CLEP) AP Spanish Language & Culture (No Camp) May Choose to attend CLEP Camp and sit for the CLEP Exam for the opportunity to earn college credit.


Financial Aid Night Presentation
Information presented at Financial Aid Night

Best Schools Guide to the FAFSA
Step by Step information about filling out the FAFSA (Federal Application for Free Student Aid)


Khan Academy and College Board teamed up to create free online SAT prep.


Directions for Requesting Accommodations for AP/SAT/PSAT/ACT Exams
Before a student can receive testing accommodations for AP/SAT/PSAT/ACT — such as extended time — their request for accommodations must be approved by the Testing Agency.