First day back to school for students is August 17, 2020

Guidance Counseling

School Counseling Department 

Have questions about academic or college plans? E-mail Sr.Hannan Danon 



Assalamu Alaikum!

Enjoy our second issue of the Counselor's Corner!

We hope you enjoy the first issue of The Counselor's Corner! 



Internship/Volunteer/Enrichment Opportunities

Tampa Muslim Community Organizations:

ISTABA Masjid Clean-Up  

TMC Saturday school

Location: Masjid Qassam

Contact: Br. Hassan Sultan

Phone #: 813-310-1807


ISTABA Sunday School

Location: ISTABA

Contact: Br. Mahmoud Elkasaby

Phone #: 813-628-0007


Red Crescent Clinic

Location: ISTABA

Contact: Cathy Santos

Phone #: 813-246-5006


Radiant Hands 
President: Sr.Magda E.Saleh 
Contact: Express your interest in volunteering with them and you'll be sent an application. 

For Refugee Tutoring or Mentoring
Call 813-784-5343
East Lake United Methodist Church - Bicycle Ministry
For students interesting in tinkering and engineering, they get to fix bikes which are distributed to needy families in Tampa Bay.
They work with Radiant Hands and other Muslim organization to distribute to local Muslims in need as well.
Bob & Janet Helms at 727-942-3528

Project Downtown

Location: Friday evenings in downtown Tampa

Phone #: (813) 420-1954


CAIR Florida

Location: 8076 N 56th St. Tampa, FL 33617

Phone: 813-514-1414


Quran Program (Female Volunteers Only)

Location: Cross Creek Blvd

Contact: Rae Tajarki

Phone: 651-703-8808


UAF Events- school play, banquet, etc.


Greater Tampa Community Organizations:

Alpha House of Tampa, Inc

  • American Cancer Society
    •  3709 W. Jetton Avenue, Tampa, FL 33629
    •  813-253-0541
  • American Diabetes Association
    •  4902 Eisenhower Blvd. Tampa FL 33634
    •  813-885-5007
  • American Heart Association
    •  11207 Blue Heron Boulevard N., St. Petersburg, FL 33716
    •  727-563-8000
  • Camp Bayou Learning Center
  • Cerebral Palsy Association
  • Charity Awareness Fair and Expo (CAFE) Tampa
    • Contact: Mairyn Harris-Jones
    •  14612 Pine Glen Circle, Lutz, FL  33559
    •  813-766-0554
  • Cystic Fibrosis Association
  • Epilepsy Services of W. Central Florida
  • Frameworks of Tampa Bay/Teens in Action
    • Contact: Lisa Rose
    •  4202 Oak Avenue, Tampa FL  33602
    •  813-514-9555 ext 108
  • Frameworks Teens in Action
    • Contact: Angela Gillisse
    •  402 E. Oak Avenue, Tampa, FL 33602
    •  813-514-9555 xt.108
  • Hillsborough County Public Library
  • Host Program
    • Contact: High School Counselor
  • International Independent Showmen's Museum
    • Contact: Debbie Rivera
    •  813-662-7595
  • Learning G.R.A.C.E.
    • Contact: Stephanie Carmichael
    •  18605 Le Dauphine Place, Lutz, FL 33558
    •  813-909-2096
  • Life Path Hospice
  • Lowry Park Zoo
    • Contact: Sarah Wooverton
    •  1101 West Sligh Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
    •  813-935-8552 xt.296
  • MacDonald Training Center
  • Make a Wish Foundation Suncoast Chapter
  • Meal on Wheels
    • Contact: Nancy Drour
    •  550 W. Hillsborough Avenue, Tampa, FL 33603
    •  813-238-8410
  • Metropolitan Ministries
    • Contact: Victoria Garos, Volunteer Coordinator and Christina Mitchell, Manager
    •  2002 N. Florida Avenue, Tampa, FL 33602
    •  813-209-1237 or 813-209-1067
  • Museum of Science and Industry
    • Contact: Joel Bates & Esteban Torres
    •  4801 E. Fowler Avenue, Tampa, FL 33617
    •  813-987-6370
  • OASIS (Outreach Assisting Students in Schools)
  • Personal Energy Transportation (P.E.T.)
  • Shriners Hospital for Children
  • South Bay Hospital
    • Contact: Paula Hange
    •  4016 Sun City Center Blvd., Sun City Center, FL  33573
    •  813-634-0187
  • Special Olympics Florida
    •  1915 Don Wickham Drive, Clermont, FL 34711
    •  813-634-7399
  • Sweetwater Community Farm, Inc.
  • Tampa Bay SPCA
  • Tampa Bay Watch
  • Tampa General Hospital
    • Contact: Paula Jurgenson
    •  1 Tampa General Circle, Tampa, FL 33606
    •  813-844-7449
  • Tampa Police Athletic League (PAL)


University of Alabama Early College

Start Earning your college credit while in high school online or on campus.

Apply at:

You may be eligible for UA Early College partial tuition scholarships. Contact


College Application Resources


  • Download slides here: ResumeWorkshop.pdf
  • Always begin your descriptions with a powerful action verb. Example verbs found here.


Personal Statement: 

Recommendation Letter Information:

Should you waive your right to see your recommendations? When including your recommenders information in your application you may be asked if you would like to waive your right to view your recommender's letter. It is better to waive your right, because it allows the teacher to feel he/she may write about you candidly. It also gives the admissions committee confidence that the teacher has written an accurate and unbiased letter about the student. When you choose not to waive your right many colleges will not look at the letter in the same light. With that said, you do have the right to choose that option, but just keep in mind the benefits and consequences. You may find more information about this question and you decision here.


What to include in your recommendation letter request? When requesting recommendation letters make sure you let your teachers know several weeks before the deadline. Make sure you include in your e-mail request a) the name of the school the recommendation is for, b) the deadline for the recommendation, and c) Either an e-mail address, or directions of how to submit it online. If it needs to be sent physically, you must give your teacher a pre-addressed and pre-stamped envelope. d) A copy of your resume. 

Try to submit recommendation letters, even if it is optional for an application. It will help boost your chances of acceptances, as well as scholarship opportunities.


Additional Resources

College essays that resulted in an acceptance:

  • Johns Hopkins: Class of 2014 found here; Class of 2015 found here; Class of 2016 found here; Class of 2017 found here. 

  • Stanford: Top 16 accepted essays found here.

College Admissions Blogs:

College Admission Tools:

Secondary Students Resources

Welcome To High School Session: What you need to know as a UAF High School student

Welcome To Middle School Session: Advice and tips for UAF Middle School students.

PSAT Information Session: Why the PSAT? What to expect on the exam.



Scholarship Workshop: 

General Scholarship Links:

Specific Scholarships:

  • Quest Bridge: National College Match Scholarship (Deadline to apply is September 27, 2018)
    The QuestBridge National College Match is a college and scholarship application process that helps outstanding low-income high school seniors gain admission and full four-year scholarships to the nation's most selective colleges. 
  • Scholarships for Student Caregivers: 
    Two $1500 scholarships are awarded to student caregivers. To enter students must submit a 1,500-word essay or a two-minute video addressing the questions on 
    Application Deadline: 6/20/2019 at 11:59 pm 

  •  Muslim American Leadership Alliance (MALA) Muslim American Journeys Scholarship Contest (Deadline December 1, 2018) 
    Scholarships: $1,000 grand prize, $500 second prize, 6 third prizes of $250 each 
AP Exam Information



Advanced Placement Exam Dates:

AP Exams will be held during the first two weeks of May. Please make sure you've reviewed thoroughly for your registered exams. Exam dates can be found below.

Morning exams start at 8 am and afternoon exams begin at 12 pm.  
Please note: Students must arrive on time or else the have the chance of missing the exam. 

  • Monday, May 4, 2020:
    Morning: AP United States Government and Policies 
  • Tuesday, May 5, 2020:
    Morning: AP Calculus 
    Afternoon: AP Human Geography 
  • Wednesday, May 6, 2020:
    Morning: AP English Literature and Composition 
    Afternoon: AP European History 
  • Thursday, May 7, 2020:
    Morning: AP Chemistry 
  • Friday, May 8, 2020:
    Morning: AP United States History 
    Afternoon: AP Art History 
  • Monday, May 11, 2020:
    Morning: AP Biology
    Afternoon: AP Environmental Science 
  • Tuesday, May 12, 2020:
    Afternoon: AP Psychology 
  • Wednesday, May 13, 2020:
    Morning: AP English Language and Composition
    Afternoon: AP Microeconomics 
  • Thursday, May 14, 2020:
    Morning: AP Comparative Government & AP World History: Modern 
    Afternoon: AP Macroeconomics 
  • Friday, May 15, 2020:
    Afternoon: AP Statistics 

More information can be found on the Collegeboard website and more exam dates on the AP exam calendar.

Click here for a tutorial for finding your exam scores when they are finalized and posted.

Dual Enrollment Information

What are the steps to Dual-Enroll? For HCC steps are found here. For PHSC, the steps are found here.

Where do I find the forms? Transcript Request forms and Dual Enrollment forms are found in the mailbox outside of the Guidance Counselor office and below under the "Forms" tab on this page.

What should I make sure of? When transcript request forms are filled out, make sure to fill out the due date and the correct mailing address of the dual-enrollment office on the form. The address may be found on their website.

Who do I submit them to? When Dual-Enrollment forms are completed, you may submit them to Sr. Hannan Danon (by hand, or in her mailbox outside). If the courses are approved, the forms will be returned to the student and it's the student's responsibility to mail, fax, or turn in the forms by hand to the applicable dual-enrollment office.

Academic Assistance

Having trouble keeping up with grades at school or understanding particular topics? You should always ask questions in class, and meet with your instructor if you're having difficulty understanding concepts. Also, forming study groups with classmates is also helpful. Designate a time and day to meet a few times a week to do homework and study together.

There are also many additional resources to help you.

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Summer Opportunities

Sewanee Young Writers’ Conference

The Cornerstone Summer Institute 
The Cornerstone Summer Institute, at the University of Virginia,  provides rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors with the opportunity to engage in historical investigation, archaeological excavation, and community engagement in order to learn and develop thinking skills that will prepare them for success in college and beyond.
The camp will run from June 22-29, 2019.

University of the South
The University of the South in Sewanee, TN hosts this conference, which
will provide workshops in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Writers
of significant accomplishment and promise lead the workshops. For more
information and an application visit their website at

Opportunities to Learn About Business

Wabash College
This is a one-week, hands-on introduction to business and the market
economy. In addition to presentations by business professionals and
Wabash College faculty, students and their teammates will run a mock
business and compete against other teams that are selling a similar
product. OLAB is not all about business. There are social activities every
night and during the day there is recreation time. The program is open to
motivated students who have completed their junior year in high school
and is FREE except for snacks and other personal items. For more
information visit

Summer Scholars Program

University of Miami
This program offers academically-motivated high school sophomores and
juniors the ability to sample college life, form friendships and take classes
with peers from around the world, and explore exciting programs like,
Business and Leadership, Crime Scene Investigation, Digital Media
Production, Engineering, Health and Medicine, International Relations,
Sports Medicine, Tropical Marine Biology, and other stimulating academic
subjects. More information and an application are available at

Summer Academy

University of Vermont
This academically challenging program is for students who have completed
10th, 11th, or 12th grade. Successful students will receive 3 college credits, a greater understanding of what college life is like first-hand and a head start
on their college career. More information is available at

Pre-College Summer
Institute University of the Arts

This is a dynamic program where high school students can find their way in
the world as artists, thinkers, creators and performers, both within and
outside the classroom. Students who are 16-18 years of age can participate
in the following programs: art and media, dance, jazz, and theater. Visit
their website for more information at

Summer College for High School Students
University of Mississippi

The Summer College is comprised of ten programs and institutes in a
variety of disciplines and varying degrees of difficulty. Students will live in a
university resident hall during the four-week summer session and enroll in
two college courses. For more information visit their website at

Student Introduction To Engineering (SITE)

University of Alabama
This program is for rising high school juniors and seniors who are
interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Students will
live in a UA residence hall, engage in teaming exercises, and tour an
industrial plant to see engineers at work. For more information visit their
website at

Wharton Sports Business Academy
University of Pennsylvania

This is a summer sports business program that provides an opportunity for
talented rising high school juniors and seniors to study sports business
leadership at the Wharton School. This program will teach students about
ownership, sports agents, marketing and media; students will meet and
learn from leaders in the sports business world. For more information visit
their website at

Summer Study

Babson College
This program provides a living/learning laboratory for rising juniors and
seniors to focus on applying and advancing their knowledge in business
and entrepreneurship. Students will work on a team to develop a new
venture idea and gain experience applying entrepreneurship as a problem solving tool for creating social and economic value. Visit their website,, for more


Important Forms


Important Links

Standardized Exam Links:

Test-Prep Links:




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  • PSAT NMSQT (10th & 11th): October 14, 2019  
  • Semester 1 Exams: December 18 - 20, 2019 
  • PSAT (8th, 9th & 10th): February 25, 2020 
  • Stanford 10 Exams: April 13 - 17, 2020
  • AP Exams: May 4- 15, 2020 
  • Semester 2 Exams: May 27- 29, 2020
SAT Testing Dates

Register to take the SAT here.

  • October 5, 2019 
       -- Registration Deadline:  September 5, 2019 
  • November 2, 2019 
       -- Registration Deadline: October 2, 2019 
  • December 7, 2019 
       --Registration Deadline: November 7, 2019 
  • March 14, 2020
      -- Registration Deadline: February 13, 2020 
  • May 2, 2020
      -- Registration Deadline: April 2, 2020 
  • June 6, 2020 
      -- Registration Deadline: May 6, 2020 
ACT Testing Dates

 Register to take the ACT here.

  • September 14, 2019
    -- Registration Deadline: August 16, 2019 
  • October 26, 2019 
     -- Registration Deadline: September 27, 2019 
  • December 14, 2019 
    -- Registration Deadline: November 15, 2019 
  • February 8, 2020
      -- Registration Deadline: January 10, 2020
  • April 4, 2020
      -- Registration Deadline: March 6, 2020 
  • June 13, 2020
      -- Registration Deadline: May 15, 2020 
  • July 18, 2020
      -- Registration Deadline: June 19, 2020