Student Services

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LWHS Counseling Mission

At Lake Wales High School, the counselor’s mission is to meet the academic, social and emotional needs of our students. All students are provided equitable access to a comprehensive and developmentally appropriate program to help empower students to achieve their academic, career, and personal goals.

Academic Development

-Academic Planning and Support

-Academic and Classroom Support Interventions

-Dual Enrollment, International Baccalaureate and Career Academy Course Offerings

-Organizational, Study, and Test-Taking Skill Development

-Schedule Planning
Student speaking at Graduation
Peer Forward team

Career and College Development

-College Application Process

-Peer Forward

-Annual Lake Wales High School College Fair

_Annual Lake Wales High School Career Fair

-Financial Aid Planning

-Career Planning

-Career Academies

Personal and Social Development

-Conflict Resolution and Communication

-Education in Understanding Self and Others

-Relationships and Effective Social Skills

-Transition Support
Student graduation

Other LWHS Guidance Information

Student Services Frequently Asked Questions

Testing Registration

To sign up for the SAT and ACT, you must complete online registration. Waivers (for students on free and reduced lunch) are available through the guidance department. Keep in mind – you do have a limited number of waivers that you can receive (two for the SAT, four for the ACT), and you MUST use the one you are given, or return it!

Register for the tests through the following sites.

SAT registration:

ACT registration:

The PERT test is required for dual enrollment participation. See your school counselor for more information.

PERT Study Guide:

SAT and ACT Prep

Free online SAT Prep that incorporates a catalog of over 100 math, reading, and writing study guides, 5000 SAT vocabulary flash cards, and SAT practice tests

SAT Prep –

ACT Prep –

Community Service Information

Community service is not required for graduation, but is highly encouraged for all students. Below are a few forms you will need to complete to ensure your community service hours are appropriately counted. Forms for Community Service can be picked up in the Student Services Office or downloaded below.

You must turn in the following forms to receive credit:

  • Proposal (needs to be signed by student, parent, agency and approved prior to hours being logged)
  • Hour Log (signatures need to be for each line- not one signature that covers all)
  • Reflection (must be submitted WITH the hour log)
  • While not a requirement, it is always a good idea to make a copy of all paper work before submitting it.
  • Work hours are now accepted for Bright Futures Scholarship - See your counselor for further information.

Financial Aid and Scholarship Information

The world of financial aid can be quite overwhelming for parents of Seniors to navigate for the first time! We encourage you to educate yourself on the different types that are available to you and your child. We will assist in this endeavor by offering training  and FASFA support. For information on general financial aid information visit


Applying for scholarships is the responsibility of the student. Students will be automatically added to a scholarship group on Schoology where they will have access to available scholarships. It will be the student's responsibility to check the Schoology group for any updates on scholarships. 


Be sure to complete your FAFSA form in January of the year you graduate. This can be done online at

For up to date information on Bright Futures Scholarship visit:

We also encourage you to explore the following sites for scholarship opportunities:


Class of 2015 and Before:

Due an updated student information system, graduates from 2015 and before will need to request their transcript through the Polk County Public Schools website. The link for such is below.


Class of 2016-Present 

Graduate from 2016 to present can request their transcripts through Parchment. The link for such is below.

Confidentiality Statement

Confidentiality is a key component for working with students and parents. Every effort will be made to maintain that confidentiality. Confidentiality is the counselor’s commitment to respect the student’s privacy by not divulging anything shared in a counseling session except under certain limited conditions. These conditions generally include safety issues (harm to self and/or others), legal issues, and professional responsibilities

(see the ASCA Ethical Standards for School Counselors at