Guidance and Counseling
Hello and welcome to Guidance and School Counseling! Our mission is to help meet the academic needs of all students by facilitating teacher/student and student/student relationships. Students stop by and see us before or after school or during your lunch period. You can also fill out a "Counselor Request Form" or email your counselor if you wish to be seen during regular school hours.
Parents/Guardians, we welcome your input. Please feel free to call 671-4822 to set up an appointment with your son/daughter's guidance counselor or to set up a conference with his/her teachers. Our fax number is 671-4829.
Debra Stuart - Guidance Clerk
Shirley Hamilton - IPC (Registrar)
Our School Counselors and How to Contact Us:
Deirdre Warren-9th Grade (Class of 2027)
Dr. Kimberly Martin-Donald- 10th Grade (Class of 2026)
Karen Brazell-Smith-11th Grade (Class of 2025)
Enny Espinoza-Primera- 12th Grade (Class of 2024)
Counseling Services Provided
- Academic Advisement
- Crisis Intervention
- Facilitate communication between all members of the school community
- College and career advisement
- Make referrals to community agencies or services that can benefit our students and families
- Provide orientation for students new to our school
- Facilitate parent/teacher conferences
General Information / Official Records
Your child's cumulative records are housed in the Guidance Office. If you need to review anything in your child's folder, please call for an appointment to have someone review the contents with you. If you need copies of documents in your child's folder, please call ahead and we will try and have it ready for you to pick up or send it home with your child. If you request more than two copies, a charge will be assessed at five cents per copy. If you are transferring out of LWHS to another school, we will forward all documents to your child's new school. Once you register at the new school, they will request the records.
*If you are a non-custodial parent who wishes to have copies of report cards or interim reports, please send a self-addressed stamped business envelope to the Guidance Office and we will mail it home to you.
Course and Program Offerings
Click on Discover Lake Weir High School to discover more about our Career and Technical Education Programs and International Baccalaureate Program. We also have an award-winning music program, an outstanding and awarded JROTC program, and academic electives to choose from. If you would like more information or to build a schedule for a pathway in continued education after high school, employment, or enlistment, then contact your grade level school counselor listed above.
Course Requests/Selection/Class Size
The balancing of classes is a normal part of opening school each year, but the process does cause some students to have their schedules changed. Many students are asking for schedule changes for their elective classes. Our guidance counselors are trying to honor student requests, but please know we have limited seats available in our elective classes. Not all requests can be completed.
To find information on how to enroll, or withdraw, your child please click Enrollment & Withdrawal Process under 'PARENT INFO' in the menu bar.
For students and parents who are interested in learning more about intervention programs available to students who need to pass academic proficiency tests, please click here for further information. Students participate in one of three programs: Reading Plus, REWARDS, or CAR-PD. Click on each link for more information about the individual programs.
This guide will help answer many frequently asked questions about your child's education. Click on this "Career and Education Resource Guide" to discover important websites for all MCPS students, graduation requirements, financial aid and scholarship resources (also see our 3 E's page), finding the right college, career pathways, and planning for your child's educational career from the 9th grade to 12th grade.
Guidance News and Info
All students have four years to complete state-required courses.
Students must earn 24 credits in grades 9-12, maintain a cumulative 2.0 Grade Point Average, demonstrate mastery of basic skills on the 10th grade FSA ELA and Algebra EOC or Geometry EOC (state testing) and successfully pass the specific courses listed on the Florida Department of Education.
Diploma options can be found in our curriculum guide.
Marion County Non-Discrimination Clause
The Marion County School District does not discriminate on the basis of race (including anti-Semitism), ethnicity, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability (including HIV, AIDS, or Sickle Cell trait), religion, age (except authorized by law), military status,ancestry, marital status, pregnancy, or genetic information which are classes protected by State and Federal law (collectively, "protected classes") in its educational programs, services or activities, or in its hiring or employment practices as required by Title IX, Title VI, Title VII, Age Discrimination Act of 1967, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Florida Educational Equity Act of 1984. A lack of English Language skills will not be a barrier to admission or participation.The District also provides equal access to its facilities to the Boy Scouts and other patriotic youth groups as required by the Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act.
Sexual harassment is a form of discrimination, which is against the law and against School Board Policies. The District will not tolerate sexual harassment activity by any of its students or employees per School Board Policies 2.71 and 2.72.
Questions, complaints or requests for additional information regarding discrimination or
harassment may be sent to the below designated personnel at 1614 E. Fort King Street, Ocala, FL 34471
ADA, Title IX and Equity Compliance: Dawana Gary, Ed. S., Director, Equity and Compliance. Phone (352) 671-7711. E-mail: Dawana.Gary@marion.k12.fl.us
Section 504 Compliamce: Anne Howie, M.A. Ed.. Coordinator I, Exceptional Student Education. Phone (352)671-6832; E-mail: Anne.Howie@marion.k12.fl.us
Student Title IX Complaints: Ann Hembrook, Ed.D., Sr. Executive Director, Student Pathways. Phone: (352) 236-0562. E-mail: Anne.Hembrook@marion.k12.fl.us