HCHS Guidance Staff

Mrs. Elizabeth Mitchell

Guidance Counselor: Grades 9-12

Phone: 386-792-8113 Fax: 386-638-0183

[email protected]

Mr. Scott Connelly

Guidance Counselor: Grades 7-8

Phone: 386-792-8118 Fax: 386-638-0183

[email protected]

Mrs. Ragan Carnley

Data Clerk

Phone: 386-792-8117 Fax: 386-638-0183

[email protected]

Registrar Documents

Dual Enrollment

Dual Enrollment Requirements

HCHS students may participate in Academic Dual Enrollment through North Florida College (NFC) and Career and Technical Dual Enrollment through RIVEROAK Technical College.

To qualify for Academic Dual Enrollment through NFC students must meet ALL of the following requirements:

  • Must be an HCHS Student
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 unweighted scale
  • Must have 4 High School Credits 
    • 1 credit in Algebra 1 and 1 credit in English 1 are required
  • Must have College Entry Assessment scores (SAT, ACT, or PERT) in Reading, English/Writing and Mathematics













Math (Intermediate Algebra)




Math (College Algebra)




To qualify for Career and Technical Dual Enrollment through RIVEROAK students must meet ALL of the following requirements:

  • Must be an HCHS Student
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 unweighted scale

Students and Parents should contact Mrs. Elizabeth Mitchell with questions concerning Dual Enrollment.

PERT Testing

HCHS students may take the PERT Exam free of charge at HCHS. All testing occurs in the Testing Lab (Room 418) unless otherwise specified. Students may sign up for the PERT by contacting Mrs. Elizabeth Mitchell.

21-22 PERT Testing Schedule

Wednesday, August 25th 3:15pm

Wednesday, September 22nd 8:00am

Wednesday, September 29th 3:15pm

Wednesday, October 27th 3:15pm

Wednesday, November 10th 8:00am

Wednesday, November 17th 3:15pm

Thursday, December 16th 12:15pm

Wednesday, January 19th 8:00am

Wednesday, January 26th 3:15pm

Wednesday, February 16th 3:15pm

Wednesday, March 30 3:15pm

Wednesday, April 13th 8:00am

Wednesday, June 1st 9:00am *Summer

Senior Information

  • Career Development Opportunities - This document includes a list of current local employment opportunities. This list was compiled and provided by Jennifer Gisonni of PotLuck Enterprises and Mia Hunter Mauldin of Hamilton County Chamber of Commerce. Career Development Opportunities.pdf (208.3 KBs)
  • 2021 Graduation Information and Inclement Weather Plan UPDATED 5-12-21 - This document includes important dates, times, details, and requirements regarding Baccalaureate and Graduation. The Graduation Inclement Weather Plan is also included. Graduation Plan 2021 UPDATED 5-12-21.pdf (225.2 KBs)

Graduation Items

Cap & Gown Order

Visit www.herffjones.com

HCHS graduation is scheduled for Friday, May 21st. Students MUST order a cap and gown from Herff Jones in order to participate in HCHS graduation ceremony.  All students are required to wear a cap and gown purchased exclusively through Herff Jones. Students may not wear borrowed regalia or regalia purchased from alternative vendors.


Navigating Your Financial Future

Navigating Your Financial Future Website

University HQ

Best Colleges: https://universityhq.org/best-colleges/

Best Colleges in Florida: https://universityhq.org/best-colleges/florida/

HCHS Local Scholarships

Scholarship Coordinator

Mrs. Elizabeth Mitchell


[email protected]

2020-2021 HCHS Scholarship Information

2020-2021 HCHS Scholarship Information Updated 4/19/21 8:11AM


HCHS Common Application

Sample Application

Sample Application For review only.

Resume Resources


Other Scholarship/Financial Aid Opportunities

Financial Aid Information

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) (Federal Financial Aid)

      FAFSA Presentation PowerPoint

Florida Office of Student Financial Assistance (State Scholarship and Grant Programs)

Florida Financial Aid Calendar

Money For College Brochure

Seeking Financial Aid Brochure

Florida Bright Futures

The Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program establishes lottery-funded scholarships to reward Florida high school graduates for high academic achievement. Go to https://www.floridastudentfinancialaidsg.org/SAPBFMAIN/SAPBFMAIN find out more information about Florida Bright Futures Scholarships. Click each link below to find specific details for each Bright Future Scholarship.

Florida Academic Scholarship (FAS) and Florida Medallion Scholarship (FMS)

Florida Gold Seal CAPE Scholarship (GSC)

Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholarship (CSV)

Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program Brochure

Certa Law Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Scholarship

A $1,000 Scholarship For Those Affected By Life-Changing Accidents

The Certa Law Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Scholarship is an award for any current or soon-to-be undergrad who have had their life altered due to a bodily injury from an automotive or pedestrian accident, be it their own injury, that of a loved one, or an influential individual. The Certa Law Scholarship has a brief submission process, and applicants will be judged on their ability to convey the lasting effect an accident has had on their life.

Students applying must submit an essay where you explain, present, inspire, or otherwise convince us as to why you deserve to win this scholarship. There are no conditions or requirements for this essay. Please keep submissions to 5 paragraphs and 600 words at the absolute maximum. This is not a standardized test. While spelling, punctuation, and general cohesiveness will make your essay easier to read, and therefore judge, you are not being graded. The winning submission will be one which clearly conveys a non-fictional story of your life before and after an auto accident.

The deadline to apply for this scholarship is December 15th of each year.

To learn more please visit: https://www.certalaw.com/certa-law-personal-injury-wrongful-death-scholarship

Comedy TABC Scholarship

Comedy TABC Scholarship

Deadline: May 31st every year

Available to: High School Freshmen through College Undergraduates

Award Amount: $1500

Write  a short story of a time you were peer pressured to drink alcohol, how you handled it, and what the effects were.

Learn more about the Scholarship Contest: https://comedytabc.com/#scholarships

OppU Achievers Scholarship

The OppU Achievers Scholarship celebrates achievement in its many forms and honors those who create opportunity for themselves and others. Founded in 2016, the scholarship provides $2,500 for current or future education costs.

To be eligible for the OppU Achievers Scholarship, a student must:

  • Be enrolled full time in high school or at least part time in college, graduate, professional, or trade school.
  • Possess a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0/4.0.

To apply for the OppU Achievers Scholarship, submit a short essay responding to the prompted question. In 500 words or fewer, please tell us why you’re an achiever. How have you created opportunity for yourself? How have you created opportunity for others? Did you start a small business? Are you the founder of a community program? How did you overcome the odds and make your dreams—or the dreams of others—come true? Please include links to any relevant material that demonstrates your accomplishments.

Scholarship decisions are based solely on an applicant’s essay response. Winners for the OppU Achievers Scholarship are selected four times a year, with submission deadlines on September 30, December 31, March 31, and June 30.

To apply visit https://www.opploans.com/oppu/scholarship/

Purdue Global University - Scholarships for Minority Students

This resource shares 45+ financial aid scholarships for future and current students as well as potential graduate students to supplement the cost of education or professional development endeavors. Information on where to find scholarships and grants is supplied. Also highlighted within the resource are opportunities dedicated to specific demographics such as African Americans, Asian Americans, Latino Students, Native Americans, and much more. The featured scholarships are current and are provided by trusted organizations. The resource will constantly be updated to ensure students can apply to the most accurate scholarships available. 


Student Scholarships.org

Information provided by https://studentscholarships.org/

Scholar's App

Information provided by Scholar's App

University of Florida

Machen Florida Opportunity Scholarship  (MFOS)

The Machen Florida Opportunity Scholarship (MFOS) assists historically low-income first-generation college students in meeting their college costs. First-generation in college is defined as neither of the student’s parents or legal guardians have earned a bachelor’s degree.

The MFOS program provides recipients a full grant and scholarship package to earn a bachelor’s degree at the University of Florida.

Who is eligible?

Students must be admitted into the University of Florida as a first-year student. Students are selected based on the information provided on the UF Admission Application and Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For a student to be eligible, parents’, stepparents’, or legal guardians’ combined total income must be below $40,000. Additionally, parents’, stepparents’, or legal guardians’ assets must be below $25,000.

UF Promise Program

What is UF Promise? It’s our promise to you.

UF Promise is a program aimed at first-year college students at the University of Florida. The program works in conjunction with the Office of Admissions, where students are selectively chosen upon entering their first year at UF. Through the admissions process, the university selects candidates for the program who will benefit from additional scholarly support and enrichment for success at UF. Through our program, we encourage these students to grow and meet their full potential beyond their first year at UF.

How does it work?

Promise students must begin their first semester during the Summer B term at UF. Upon their arrival, they are initiated into the Promise Learning & Involvement Community (PLIC), where other Promise students like them share the same residence area on campus. This opportunity, made possible through UF Housing, allows for peer networking, early college friendships, and lasting relationships among fellow Gators and UF Promise scholars.

Upon arriving at UF Campus, Promise students are invited to attend the OAS Connect Program. Our annual OAS Connect event lets incoming first-year students greet their fellow peers, discover campus resources, and meet their Promise Peer Leaders (PLs), all while becoming accustomed to a university setting for the first time.

What does it take to be a Promise scholar?

Promise scholars have access to exclusive resources such as academic advising through OAS, priority options for smaller class sizes during Summer B, and semesterly advanced registration and advising. They must also complete a mandatory First Year Florida course with sections dedicated specifically for Promise students. In addition to this, Promise students can also utilize other resources offered through OAS, including access to free tutoring through Knack tutoring services, personal and professional workshops, and peer coaching.


In order to obtain and preserve the summer Promise Scholarship and recurrent advanced registration for classes, all Promise scholars must agree and adhere to the following requirements:

  1. Attend the mandatory Promise Q&A session during Preview
  2. Reside in the Promise Living and Learning Community during the Summer B term
  3. Participate in the OAS Connect Program held the weekend prior to the start of Summer B
  4. Meet as directed with Promise College Advising Liaisons (PCAL)
  5. Fulfill all requirements regarding OAS events and workshop attendance, meetings with Peer Coaches (PCs) and Academic Success Coaches (ASC), in addition to completing academic check-ins.

*For more details regarding requirements, please refer to the UF Promise Canvas page. Please note requirements may change depending on the semester (Summer, Fall, Spring).

Student Opportunities

Laptops 4 Learning

Laptops 4 Learning, a Phoenix based 503 (c) (3) organization has partnered with VideoScholarship.org to provide up to 
30 laptops for graduating seniors heading to college on a monthly basis.

To be eligible, laptop recipients must:

1. Have a family income of $50,000 or less.  Income is self reported by applicant.
2. Demonstrate proof of enrollment at a college or university OR have a college acceptance letter.
3. Provide one of the following explaining why a laptop will help them further their education.  
     a) Upload a 90 second video explaining why they should be selected
     b) Upload a 90 second audio file explaining why they should be selected
     c) Write an essay of 500 words or less explaining why they should be selected

Recipients are awarded and shipped a laptop upon completion of the requirements above.  Laptops are drop shipped to the awardees place of residence.

To learn more about the program, go to https://laptops4learning.videoscholarship.org