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Mission Statement

The OCPS Comprehensive Guidance Program is an integral part of the district's total program for students. It is both preventative and proactive in its focus and supports the district goal that each student will acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to reach their full potential.


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College Entrance Exams
A college entrance exam is a standardized aptitude test measuring knowledge in various skill areas, used to assess your potential to perform in the future. Your high school courses will help you to prepare, but practice tests will be useful to familiarize yourself with the types of questions asked, formatting, and timing necessary to be successful.
The tests you will need to take depend on the colleges you apply to. The tests below are the most commonly used to assess prospective students:
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Our purpose as school counselors is to provide a developmental, systematic comprehensive program addressing the academic, career, and interpersonal/social needs of ALL students. In partnership with other educators, parents, and the community, the ultimate goal of the guidance program is to ensure that ALL students in OCPS acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to become effective students, responsible citizens, productive workers, and lifelong learners.

Guiding Principles of the OCPS Comprehensive Guidance Program:

  • Reach ALL students
  • Comprehensive in scope
  • Preventative in design
  • Developmental in nature
  • An integral part of a total educational program for student success
  • Includes school guidance curriculum, individual planning, responsive services and system support
  • Implemented by a credentialed school counselor
  • Measure student competencies in the areas of academic, career and interpersonal/social development
  • Data-driven programatic decision-making
  • Monitor student progress
  • Identify opportunities for improvement each year based on results data
  • Share successes of the program with stakeholders
Orange County Public Schools

 Contact Information

Mary Bridges
Senior Director, Guidance Ser​vices
(407) 317-3200 Ext. 2003439
Nancy Lewis
Director, Guidance Ser​vices
(407) 317-3200 Ext. 2004089
Cathy Murdock
Administrative Secretary, Guidance Services
(407) 317-3200 Ext. 2003394
Karla Owens
Senior Administrator, Guidance Services
(407) 317-3200 Ext. 2002386
Marlene West
Senior Administrator, Guidance Services
(407) 317-3200 Ext. 2002380
Zachary Swedeen
Application Specialist, Guidance Services
(407) 317-3200 Ext. 2002615
Amanda Newcomer
Instructional Coach, Credit Recovery, Guidance Services
(407) 317-3200 Ext. 2002307
Debie Robles
District Lead Elementary Counselor
(407) 317-3200 Ext. 2002637
Monica Hite
District Lead Middle School Counselor
(407) 317-3200 Ext. 2002878
Carol Bickel
District Lead High School Counselor
(407) 317-3200 Ext. 2002631
Tammy Speed-Hefner
District Student Support Coordinator
(407) 317-3200 Ext. 2002744