Admin

College & Career Center

College and Career Specialist - Sarah Bateman

E-Mail - Sarah.Bateman@ocps.net
Book an appointment - Click here

The College and Career Center (CCC) is located by the outside stairs to the auditorium, before the cafeteria, Room # 839.

Mini Matrix of College Acceptance (Florida Public Universities)

Full Matrix of College Acceptance (Florida Public Universities)

Matrix of College Acceptance (Private Colleges & Universities of Florida)

Click here for a GPA Calculator

For  Counselor Recommendation Letters, please fill out a Counselor Profile
For Teacher Recommendation Letters, please fill out a Teacher Profile

Valencia Dual Enrollment Textbook Voucher Form

Dual Enrollment Fall 2019 Dates:
Application Opens - Monday, February 25th
Application Deadline - Monday, March 25th
Test Score Deadline - Monday, April 15th 

  • Students who apply in Feb/March 2019 and are accepted will be able to start in the Fall 2019 semester, not the Summer 2019 term
  • Students who were accepted previously for Spring 2019 but have not taken DE classes yet can start in the Summer 2019

Dual Enrollment Reference Booklet
Click here for more information


College / University Visits - Spring 2019*

*(new visits updated weekly, keep checking this website and Naviance
for updated dates & times)

Students must sign up via Naviance (icon on Launchpad) to attend a college visit.
(instructions below)

Date Time Visiting School
2/14/2019 Thursday 9:20 AM Johnson & Wales University, Providence
2/14/2019 Thursday 1:30 PM Lynn University
2/20/2019 Wednesday 9:40 AM University of North Florida
2/20/2019 Wednesday 11:40 AM The University of Tennessee
2/21/2019 Thursday 1:30 PM Florida International University
2/22/2019 Friday 1:30 PM Georgia Southwestern State University
2/26/2019 Tuesday 1:30 PM United States Naval Academy
2/28/2019 Thursday 10:15 AM Florida Atlantic University
2/28/2019 Thursday 12:35 PM University of Massachusetts-Lowell
3/4/2019 Monday 7:25 AM Florida Polytechnic University
3/5/2019 Tuesday 12:35 PM Drexel University
3/7/2019 Thursday 12:35 PM The University of Alabama
3/7/2019 Thursday 1:30 PM Ohio State University-Main Campus
3/11/2019 Monday 10:15 AM University of South Carolina Aiken
3/13/2018 Wednesday 9:40 AM University of Mississippi
3/13/2019 Wednesday 12:30 PM Western Kentucky University
3/14/2019 Thursday 10:00 AM Westminster College

Please make informed decisions on whether the school is a fit for you based on GPA and testing requirements.

Instructions for signing up for a college visit in Naviance:

1. Log into your Launchpad account on your OCPS laptop or visit launch.ocps.net on a non-OCPS computer device. 
2. Find the Naviance icon
3. Register for a college admissions visit on the home tab, under the "What's New" section
OR 
Register for a college admissions visit on the colleges (home) tab, under the "College Visits" section
4. Click on the hyperlinked college or university name to gain more information on the location of the school, required gpa/test scores, cost of the school, etc.
5. Click on the "Register Now" button to register for the West Orange High visit. 


Frequently Asked Questions

Should I take AP or Dual Enrollment with Valencia, UF, or UCF?
Most out-of-state universities prefer AP courses as well as some in-state universities. It is best to contact the university you are applying to and ask their admissions office what they prefer. Please keep in mind preferences may vary year to year.

What are the requirements for Dual Enrollment and how do I apply?

University of Florida: Junior or Senior, 3.6 unweighted GPA, and qualifying test scores. Click here for more information.

University of Central Florida: Junior or Senior, 3.8 academic core class GPA, and qualifying test scores. Click here for more information.

Valencia College: 3.0 unweighted high school GPA (3.0 weighted for upcoming Seniors) and qualifying test scores.
Click here for more information.

OCPS Tech School: Junior or Senior, 2.0 unweighted GPA, & appropriate test scores. Click here for more information

When should I start looking for colleges and visiting them?
Students should start narrowing down their college choice the beginning of their Junior year and visiting them the following Spring. We suggest visiting the school while it is in session and meeting with an admissions counselor.


When should I start applying to college?
Colleges say the sooner you apply your senior year the better chance you have at being admitted. Please keep in mind when applications open and their deadlines. Many schools accept early admissions applications beginning August 1st of your Senior year.


How can I get a copy of my transcript or send it to a college?
Transcripts must be ordered from the front desk in Student Services. Each electronic copy is free and each hard copy is $2. We suggest sending a hard copy in addition to an electronic copy to ensure the school receives it.


When should I start taking the SAT/ACT?
Students should typically begin taking the SAT/ACT the Winter/early Spring of their Junior year.

How do I get my SAT/ACT scores to the college/university I am applying to?
While scores are typically on the high school transcript, colleges will require official scores be sent directly from CollegeBoard or ACT. This can be done by logging into your CollegeBoard/ACT account and requesting your scores to be sent to the colleges/universities of your choice.

Where can I find scholarships and when should I start applying?
There are many websites with scholarship information. You can start with our School Website, under Student Services, then Scholarships. You can also utilize Naviance through your LaunchPad account, QuestBridge, fastweb.com, raise.me, and myscholly.com. You should apply for scholarships as soon as they are available and you are eligible.

What is FAFSA?
ALL seniors need to apply for this!
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a form that can be prepared annually by current and prospective college students in the United States to determine their eligibility for financial aid. Although you may feel that you do not qualify for financial aid, many grants, scholarships, and schools require the FAFSA to be be completed. Click here for more information and to complete the application.

What is Bright Futures?
Bright Futures is the name of the scholarship program in the state of Florida. It is funded by the Florida Lottery and was first started in 1997. Bright Futures awards scholarships to all students who meet minimum academic requirements regardless of financial need. Click here for more information and to complete the application.

How do I get a recommendation from a teacher or counselor?
Recommendation letters should be requested from teachers and counselors at least two weeks prior to an application deadline. To assist the teacher(s) and counselor in writing the best possible recommendation, Senior Profiles are available in Student Services. As soon as the Senior Profile is completed, be sure to make copies for every recommender as well as for your records and deliver it to each recommender.

How do I get help deciding on what career I want to go into?
There are many resources to help you decide what you want to do after high school and what to do to achieve your goals. Some resources we recommend are:

Naviance is a new tool you can utilize through your LaunchPad account. It includes a career and strengths interest inventory to help you find careers you may be interested in, as well as a college match search to help you find the right school for you. Once you log into launchpad.ocps.net, click on the Naviance app, then My Planner and Tasks Assignment to Me.