Guidance and Counseling

  • Welcome to the Guidance Office! Our mission in Guidance and Counseling is to assist your child and his/her teachers in facilitating Horizon Academy's mission statement and goals for each and every student. We would like to invite you to come in and get to know us and the services we offer and those offered from this office. You may come by school or call to make an appointment with us. You don't need to wait until you have a problem or special reason! We hope that, together, we can lay a good foundation for future success and achievement by making your child's time at Horizon Academy a happy and rewarding learning experience.


    Horizon Academy at Marion Oaks is a neighborhood community school which takes pride in the core values that are our building blocks to a great school. That is why our school offers many flexible times for parents to meet with teachers to discuss academic or behavioral challenges. Conferences are offered at 7:30 a.m. -- 7:50 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. - 3:10 p.m. Phone conferences can also be scheduled upon request for different times. Parents can contact the teacher through e-mail on our faculty list or contact our guidance office. 


    Goals of the Guidance Department 

    • Help children understand themselves and others
    • Help to identify children with special needs

    • Provide crisis intervention

    • Develop plans to prevent academic/behavioral problems from developing

    • Provide Career Awareness programs

    • Coordinate the efforts of other professionals working for children

    • Provide orientation for children coming to Howard for the first time

    • Promote positive attitudes toward persons of diverse cultural, racial, ability, and socioeconomic backgrounds


    General Information

    Registration: All new students must register in the Guidance Office. Our personnel are familiar with all the requirements and can help you with questions.


    Attendance: Attendance: As parents it is your responsibility to assure your child/children have regular, timely attendance. However, if a child is not in his/her classroom at the second bell, he/she must check in at the Front Office before reporting to class. Also, if children are chronically absent, tardy, or picked up early, notices may be sent from the Guidance Office in accordance with Marion County School System policies and FL statutes. Please call the Front Office if your child is absent. Upon your child's return to school, send a hand-written note as to the reason for the absence. If your child was seen by a doctor, please send the doctor's note.

    Official Records: Your child's cumulative records are housed in the Guidance Office. If you need to review anything in the folder please call ahead and make an appointment for someone to go over the contents with you. If you need a copy of any document in your child's folder we can provide it for you. If you request more than two copies, a charge will be assessed at 5 cents per copy. Again, please call ahead and we will try and have it ready for you or will send it home via your child. If you are transferring out of Horizon Academy, we will make sure all necessary documents are forwarded to your child's new school.


    *If you are a non-custodial parent who wishes to have copies of report cards, interim reports, and other routine school information, please come to the guidance office. You will be required to provide self-addressed, stamped envelopes for this. 



    Click here for instructions and forms on how to enroll or withdraw your child. 


    Contact Us

    Dawn Pittman, 5th and 6th Grade Guidance Counselor email
    Susan Scofield, 7th and 8th Grade Guidance Counselor email

    Sharon Diaz, Guidance Clerk email

    Kalli Saskowski, Guidance Clerk email