ICHS School Counseling Department

Important Information

November 5 - Open House for USF St. Petersburg

During Open House, USF St. Petersburg opens our doors to students and their families! You’ll be able to chat with our college deans and professors and learn about Admissions and Financial Aid. Experience our waterfront campus first-hand during a campus tour with one of our student Navigator Tour Guides. From University Student Housing to beautiful Bayboro Harbor, learn everything there is to know about USFSP.

Register at this link

How do I see my counselor?

The counseling office in the cafeteria is open for student walk-ins during all three lunch shifts. If you need to meet with your grade level counselor, please submit a Counselor Appointment Request at the link above (Click here to schedule a meeting with your counselor) Our counseling department will review the appointment requests at the end of each day and you will be called out of class when it is best for your schedule by your grade level counselor.

Parents: Please make sure to include your child’s full name and student ID number in your emails. Also, please be sure to include your name as listed on emergency contact information so the counselor can respond to your email.

Notices and News

Scholarship Spotlight

Access all scholarship applications at the ICHS Scholarship Google Folder: Scholarship Folder


SunTrust Off to College Scholarship Sweepstakes

Enter the SunTrust Off to College Scholarship Sweepstakes for a chance to win a $500 scholarship to help cover education expenses. Two $500 scholarship winners will be randonly chosen every two weeks beginning around October 30, 2017 and ending May 14, 2018.

Who is eligible to enter? High school seniors; no requirements for GPA or financial need. Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, 13 years of age or older.

How often can I enter? Starting September 12, 2017, students can enter the sweepstakes online once during each entry period.

Visit www.suntrust.com/offtocollege 

Scholarship and Financial Aid Resource

Thinking about attending a technical college? Looking for scholarships and financial aid? Need assistance with SAT/ACT prep? Visit http://www.collegescholarship4u.com/- a resource developed by Cape Coral Chamber of Commerce and the Lee County School District and created to provide students and parents with informational resources geared towards higher education.

Golden Futures Scholarship

Thinking of a career in education?

The Golden Futures Scholarship is a full tuition scholarship to complete a B.S. in Education at Florida SouthWestern State College.

Eligibility: Must be a 12th grade student in a Lee County public school; Must be enrolled for a minimum of one school year in a Lee County public school; must meet attendance requirements of the school district; upon graduation, student must commit to teach a minimum of four years in the Lee County School District.

Stop by the School Counseling office or email Ms. Higginbotham at [email protected] if you would like to pick up a copy of the application.

Deadline: December 11, 2017


Important Dates

Date Information Other Information
October 28, 2017 ACT Test Date

Registration deadline September 22, 2017

Late registration deadline October 6, 2017 (fee applies)

November 2, 2017 SAT Registration Deadline Registration deadline for SAT Test on December 2, 2017
November 3, 2017 ACT Registration Deadline Registration deadline for ACT Test on December 9, 2017
November 4, 2017 SAT Test Date

Registration deadline October 5, 2017

Late registration deadline October 25, 2017 (fee applies)

ACT and SAT Testing


The ACT is a national college admissions exam that consists of subject area tests in English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science. ACT results are accepted by all four-year colleges and universities in the United States. Students can register for the ACT at www.actstudent.org 


The SAT is a globally-recognized college admissions test which lets students show colleges what they know in the subjects of Reading, Writing and Mathematics. Almost all colleges and universities use the SAT to make admissions decisions. Students may register for the SAT at sat.collegeboard.org

SAT practice tests and questions can be found at this website: Khan Academy

Fee Waivers

Eligibility for fee waivers for the SAT and ACT may be found at the links below on the website for each assessment. Students may pick up a fee waiver eligibility form from the school counseling office. The form must be returned with supporting documentation that indicates financial need and will be kept on file in a locked drawer to ensure confidentiality. The eligibility form and documentation must be on file before a student receives any test fee waivers.

SAT Fee Waiver Eligibility

ACT Fee Waiver Eligibility

Graduation Requirements

Students are required to earn 24 credits in specific subject areas. A formula for graduation is depicted below. Detailed graduation requirements are listed below for each grade level in PDF documents.


All students must complete an online course within the 24 required credits in order to earn a standard diploma. More information regarding the online course requirement is outlined in the following document http://www.fldoe.org/core/fileparse.php/7574/urlt/0101173-onlinegrad.pdf  An online course is a formal education program involving student–teacher interaction in which a student learns mostly through online delivery of content and instruction with some element of student control over time, place, path, or pace. 

Students may meet this requirement by completing an online high school course offered by:

- Florida Virtual School (FLVS)

- A district high school (to include traditional district schools, district franchises, and

virtual charter schools)

- A postsecondary school as an online dual enrollment course

- District virtual instruction programs

Directions for creating a virtual account and registering for a course are below.

Additional Resources

CPALMS student tutorials now available online!

Floridastudents.org is a site dedicated to students. This site now contains over 200 high-quality, standards-focused tutorials in all content areas and grade levels. The number of student tutorials is on target to exceed 400 tutorials by the end of the summer. Additionally the site contains more than 2,000 additional learning resources and a banner that links to the official SAT practice now on Khan Academy.  Floridastudents.org is designed for students as a supplement to classroom instruction.  It is to be used exclusively for and by students and is not designed or intended for integration into classroom instruction. This is a great learning resource and encourage our students and parents to utilize this tool. 

Visit: http://www.floridastudents.org/