The MHS School Counseling Department is committed to preparing students to become college and/or career ready through promoting academic success.

Hours: Monday-Friday 7:00AM – 3:00PM

Phone: 863-701-1112

Main Office Fax: 863-409-1009

Guidance Office Fax: 863-409-1012

Students may walk-in to fill out an appointment request. Parents: If you would like to have a conference with your son/daughter’s Guidance Counselor, please call to make an appointment so we can serve you. Walk-in meetings are very difficult as counselors may be meeting with other parents or students, visiting classrooms for group guidance sessions, or in meetings/trainings.

  • Graduation Requirements
  • Student Crisis
  • Student Registration
  • Community Service Hours Information
  • Post-Secondary Planning (College, Vocational School, Military, Financial Aid, Career Assessments)
  • Advanced Placement (AP) & Dual Enrollment
  • 504 Plans
  • Class Scheduling
  • Conference Requests
  • ACT/SAT Registration & Fee Waiver Requests
  • Senior Class Information

Accelerated Programs

There has been much discussion about whether AP or Dual Enrollment is best.  While both programs are time-tested and offer exciting benefits to your student, we believe it comes down to a family choice.
We support families as they make this decision on what best serves their students. Our Guidance Counselors are uniquely qualified to answer your questions on both programs so that you find the best fit for your student.

Requirements for Acceleration

  • Sound academic and text history demonstrating acceleration potential
  • Meet GPA requirements for entry and continuing
  • Meet minimum placement test requirement
  • Meet all requirements of the college/ university articulation agreement
  • Complete Polk County Schools contract by the deadline
  • Dedication to complete rigorous high school courses equivalent to college courses
  • Devotion to preparing for AP/final exams
  • Commitment to extensive reading, writing and studying, may include summer readings and/or other assignments


The Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (P.E.R.T.) is Florida’s customized common placement test. The purpose of the P.E.R.T. is to determine accurate course placement based on the student’s skills and abilities. The P.E.R.T. is aligned with the Postsecondary Readiness Competencies identified by Florida faculty as necessary for success in entry-level college credit coursework. The P.E.R.T. assessment system includes Placement and Diagnostic tests in mathematics, reading and writing.

Dual Enrollment

Dual Enrollment is a program that allows high school students to enroll in college courses and dually earn high school and college credit prior to high school graduation.  Student grades are posted to their high school transcript and their college transcript.  Continued eligibility after the first college semester is based on the college grade point average.  College credits earned may be transferred to other colleges or universities according to their established protocols. Student tuition and textbooks for approved DE courses are paid for by the school district upon meeting enrollment requirements according to the postsecondary institution’s articulation agreement.

Advanced Placement

The Advanced Placement Program, or AP, is a program that offers high school students the opportunity to receive college credit for their work during high school by passing an AP Exam.  The score achieved on the AP exam does not affect the grade earned in the class.  AP classes are taught by certified teachers on campus.

Guidance Staff

Name Job Title Email
Michelle Alldredge
Student Success Coach
Dee Axson
Guidance Counselor (G-M)
Tiffany Bellenger-Smith
Guidance Counselor (R-Z)
Maria Almaraz Guerrero
Guidance Counselor (N-Q and College & Career)
Thomas Rivers Guidance Counselor (A-F)
Maria Rivera
Student Success Coach