Guidance Counselor: Ms. Yvette Ellis


Students interested in Dual Enrollment for the fall semester can come see their counselor to obtain the required paperwork for registration at BC.  Visit for course descriptions.  Once you register for classes,  you must bring us your printed BC schedule in order for us to adjust your ISB Charter schedule.



Class of 2014

Class of 2015

Class of 2016

The high school timeline below is a great way to strategize your academic goals.

9th Grade
  • Get to know your teachers, counselors and administrators
  • Visit and create an Epep account
  • The Epep account will help you monitor your progress toward high school graduation and Florida Bright Futures
  • Become familiar with high school graduation requirements
  • Speak with your counselor about taking advanced courses
  • Begin earning good grades now. The grades you earn in ninth grade will be included in your final high school grade point average (GPA)
  • Consider taking the PSAT
  • Learn about requirements for Dual Enrollment Scholars Program
  • Review the grade level promotion requirements
  • Get involved in extracurricular activities
  • Plan your summers wisely: begin your community service project, work on your summer reading and participate in college summer programs.
  • Check Power School often!
10th Grade
  • Maintain good grades and know how to improve your GPA
  • If you failed a course in ninth grade speak with your counselor about making up credits or raising your GPA in night school or virtual school
  • Take the PSAT in October
  • Become familiar with college entrance requirements
  • Continue working on your community service project and remember to get all required signatures (we can not backlog this information)
  • Begin researching postsecondary options (e.g. college, vocational programs, career choices)
  • Plan your summers wisely: begin your community service project, work on your summer reading and participate in college summer programs.
11th Grade
  • Review your graduation status with your counselor
  • Formulate post-high school plans
  • Prepare for college entrance exams and become familiar with registration dates and deadlines.
  • Consider taking test prep courses
  • Make sure you are taking or planning to take courses that will fulfill college requirements
  • Continue being involved in a club or sport
  • Become familiar with college admission requirements
  • Consider taking the PSAT
  • Plan your summers wisely: begin your community service project, work on your summer reading, participate in college summer programs and visit college campuses

SAT Letter to all 11th graders

12th Grade
  • Discuss your graduation status with your counselor
  • Review and apply for financial aid and scholarships
  • Complete college applications, tests and entrance requirements before December 1st
  • Complete your community service project by December 1st
  • Ask your teachers to assist you with writing college essays or scholarships essays.
  • Attend college presentations

Community Service Letter to all 12th graders

Financial aid is money available to help students and their parents pay for educational expenses. It is intended to supplement, but not replace the financial resources of the family.

Types of Financial Aid

1.     Scholarships - Some scholarships are based on financial need, while others are based on a student's talents and academic achievements. Scholarships do not have to be repaid, however, students may need to maintain certain requirements or activities to keep their scholarships active.

2.     Grants - Federal, state and institutional grants are available to assist students with education expenses.  Grants, in most cases, do not need to be repaid; they are based on financial need, so not every student will qualify for them. Since some grants are awarded on a first-come, first served basis, early application is recommended.

3.     Student Loans - Students loans are the largest source of financial aid. Although loans must be repaid, they are an excellent source if you borrow wisely. Many loans can be repaid with low monthly payments spread out over several years.

4.     Work Study - Work Programs to help pay for college fees

Federal Financial Aid Application Process


US citizen or eligible non-citizen

Valid Social Security Number Standard High School Diploma Prior year Income Tax Return Be registered with Selective Services (males only) Pin number to complete electronic submission

Step 1

Get a PIN - A PIN lets you apply and "sign", make corrections to your application, and more to your online FAFSA application. Go to to register for your PIN. Your parents will also need a PIN to sign the application.

Step 2

Collect the documents needed to apply, including income tax returns and W-2 forms. A full list of what you need is at  If you or your parents' taxes are not completed at the time you apply, estimate the tax information, apply, and correct the information later.

Step 3

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) after and as close to January 1st as possible. You can apply online at

Step 4

Review your Student Aid Report (SAR), the result of your FAFSA application. If necessary, make changes and resubmit.  Your SAR will contain your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). This is a number used to determine your eligibility for aid.

Cost of Attendance (COA)

(-) minus

Expected Family Contribution (EFC)

(=) equals

Financial Need

Step 5

If you are for verification, your school's financial aid office will ask you to submit tax return and other documents as they deem appropriate. Be sure to meet the school's deadline or you will not be able to get federal student aid.

Step 6

Whether you are selected for verification or not, make sure the financial aid office at your institution has all the information needed to determine your eligibility.

Step 7

Review award letters form schools to compare amount and types of aid being offered. Decide which school to attend based on a combination of (a)how well the school suits your needs and (b) its affordability after all aid is taken into account.


Broward Advisors for Continuing Education

BRACE newsletter Updated 8/26/10 (click on the BRACE link at the top of this page to access the newsletter)

Come by the Main Guidance office for assistance with all your post secondary plans and to make an appointment with Ms Gay.

Scholarship and Financial Aid Information

Bright Futures Scholarships

College Financial Aid:

Free Scholarship database search engines:

Letters of Recommendation

Many colleges do not require or take into consideration a letter of recommendation, however, if your college does require one a letter of recommendation from your counselor, kindly give us two weeks to prepare your letter. Please provide the address and contact person of the College, University or Scholarship program you are applying for.  Teacher recommendations would also require a two week advance notice.

Opportunities for service learning hours
Service Hours