Guidance Department

Amalia Chesser
Guidance Counselor

Wendy Harden
Guidance Counselor

Robyn Norton
Testing & CTE Coordinator

Mari-Michael Smith
ESE Teacher on Assignment

Beth Ann Palmer
Data Entry & Registrar

Wendy Hutchison
Data Entry
Graduation Requirements & Dual Enrollment
*Florida's state graduation requirements are outlined in the following link:
Graduation Requirements and Diploma Designations

* Dual Enrollment Information:
Please click the link below for current information from Florida Gateway College.
Local Scholarships
Local scholarships will be available February.  More information is available through the following Dixie Education Foundation link:
Dixie Education Foundation
Step Info Your Future!
The Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program has helped more than 725,000 Florida students attend a postsecondary institution. Bright Futures awards include: Florida Academic Scholars award (FAS), Florida Medallion Scholars award (FMS), Florida Gold Seal CAPE Scholars award (GSC) and the Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars award (GSV). 
Step 1
Go to to find out how to qualify for a Bright Futures Scholarship. 
Step 2
Go to and submit a completed, error-free Initial Student Florida Financial Aid Application (FFFAA) during your last year of high school, by graduation. 
Step 3
Make the grade, earn the score...and graduate! 
The Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program is created to establish a lottery-funded scholarship program to reward any Florida high school graduate who merits recognition of high academic achievement.  The graduate must enroll in a degree program, ceritificate program or applied technology program of an eligible Florida public or private postsecondary education  institution. 
Step 4
Know your responsibilities...apply, meetf the requirements before graduation and throughtout your college career.
(Requirements are subject to change with each Florida Legislative session)
Office of Student Financial Assistance
Bright Futures
The Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Progam establishes four lottery-funded scholarships to reward Florida high school graduates for high academic achievement:  

1.  Florida Academic Scholars (FAS)
2.  Florida Medallion Scholars (FMS)
3.  Florida Gold Seal CAPE Scholars (GSC)
4.  Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars (GSV)

To be eligible, students must:

1.  Meet specific coursework, grade point average, and test score requirements, which are outlined on the Office of  Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) website.

Bright Futures Handbook

2.  Create a student account, then submit a fully completed error-free Initial Student Florida Financial Aid Application  (FFAA) during the last year in high school (prior to graduation).

First Time Applicants

3.  Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  The FAFSA does not have to indicate financial need; however, must be complete and error-free prior to a student's first disbursement of the academic year.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Community Service
While community service is not required for graduation, hours are required for many local and state scholarships.  Hours must be recorded on the student's high school transcript by completing the following form and submitting it to guidance.

Just a few places that need volunteers:

Cross City Rehabilitation & Health Center
(352) 498-2005

Dixie County Anti-Drug Coalition
(352) 356-0306

Dixie County Board of County Commissioners
(352) 498-1426

Dixie County Library
(352) 498-1219

Dixie County Historical Society
(352) 542-0049

Dixie County Humane Society
(352) 542-1081
Local, State, and National Testing
Florida's Assessment Calendar:
The PERT Test will be offered at DCHS on the first Thursday of most months.  To test, please add your name to the list located in the guidance office and report to the testing room (07-016) after 7th period dismissal on each test date.
AP Exams are rigorous, multiple-component tests that are administered at high schools each May.  Students can earn college credit, placement, or both for qualifying AP Exam scores.  AP Test Dates
Students may register for the ACT and/or SAT online using the links below.  Students that qualify for free or reduced lunch are eligible to receive two fee waivers while in high school.  Visit the guidance office to get help with registration or request a fee waiver.

Register online at
Students approved for accommodations register in DCHS Guidance Office with Testing Coordinator
High School Code (CEEB) = 100330, Test Center Code=195300
Contact ACT: (319) 337-1270

ACT (No Writing) - $63.00
ACT (With Writing) - $88.00
Late Registration - add $36.00
Test Date Change - add $25.00
2022-2023 Test Dates
Test Date Registration Deadline Late Registration Photo Upload Deadline
September 10, 2022 August 5 August 19 September 2
October 22, 2022 September 16 September 30 October 14
December 10, 2022 November 4 November 15 December 2
February 11, 2023 January 6 January 20 February 3
April 15, 2023 March 10 March 24 April 7
June 10, 2023 May 5 May 19 June 2
July 15, 2023 June 16 June 23 July 7

11th and 12th grade students that meet family income guidelines may be eligible to receive two fee waivers while in high school.  Contact DCHS Testing Coordinator for more information. 
Register online at SAT Registration | College Board
Students approved for accommodations register in DCHS Guidance Office with Testing Coordinator
High School Code (CEEB) = 100330, Test Center Code = 10060
Contact SAT: (866) 756-7346

SAT - $60.00
Late Registration - add $30.00
2022-2023 Test Dates
Test Date Registration Deadline Late Registration
*December 3, 2022 November 3 November 22
*March 11, 2023 February 10 February 28
*May 6, 2023 April 7 April 25
*June 3, 2023 May 4 May 23
August 26, 2023 Paper: July 28
Digital: Aug 11
August 15
October 7, 2023 Paper: Sept 8
Digital: Aug 22
September 26
November 4, 2023 Paper: Oct 6
Digital: Oct 20
October 24
December 2, 2023 Paper: Nov 3
Digital: Nov 17
November 21
March 9, 2024 February 23 February 24**
May 4, 2024 April 19 April 23**
June 1, 2024 May 17 May 21**

11th and 12th grade students that meet family income guidelines may be eligible to receive two fee waivers while in high school. Contact DCHS Testing Coordinator for more information. 
The ASVAB was developed by the US Department of Defense and designed to encourage students to increase their level of self-knowledge and to understand how that information could be linked to occupational characteristics.  Seniors at DCHS have to opportunity to participate in the ASVAB Career Exploration Program.

The ASVAB has been designed to help ALL students:
  • students that enter the workforce immediately upon graduation
  • students that attend a university or community college
  • students that attend a technical/vocational program
  • students that enter the military
The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test is a multiple choice standardized test administered in October by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation in the United States.

An estimated 1.3 million high school sophomores and juniors take the test each year.  Scores from the PSAT are used to determine eligibility and qualification for the National Merit Scholarship Program (11th graders only).

The School Board of Dixie County is committed to the principle and practice of equal opportunity and affirmative action.  The School Board of Dixe County complies with the letter and spirit of federal, state and local laws and regulations prohibiting discrimination and/or harassment based on race, color, religion, political affiliation, national origin, sex, disability, age, marital status or social and family background.  Employment and educational opportunities for students, employees and applicants are provided under the principles of equal opportunity and affirmative action.  The Board will provide equal access to its facilities to the Boy Scouts and other identified Title 36 patriotic youth groups as required within 34 C.F.R.108.9.  For assistance, contact Karen Ganus, Director of Human Resources.
It is the policy of the Board of Education to provide a free and appropriate public education to each disabled student within its jurisdiction, regardless of the nature or severity of the disability.  It is the intent of the district to ensure the students who are disabled within the definition of Section 504 / ADA of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 are identified, evaluated and provided with appropriate educational services.  Students may be disabled even though they do not require services under this policy pursuant to the Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  Due process rights of disabled students and their parents under Section 504 will be enforced.  For assistance, contact Alexa Mills, Director of ESE & Student Services.
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