Guidance Office

High School Counseling Department | Naviance | Grading Policy and Curriculum | AP/ACE Dual Enrollment Offerings | Graduation Distinctions and Class Rank | Summer Youth Employment | PSAT and SAT | Planning for College

High School Counseling Department

Open Monday – Friday 7:55 a.m.-3:12 p.m. when school is in session. Counseling staff will be available to respond to emails and phones during the above time. If you leave a message or email after hours, counseling staff will not be available to respond until the next school day. If you are having a mental health emergency, please call your primary care physician or proceed to the emergency room.

Mental Health Counseling Resources

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Each Hornell High School student has been issued a Naviance account with a user ID and password. 

The Family Connection site through Naviance is designed to assist our students with college and career planning. Utilizing the tools in the tabs will help you set future goals for yourself, build a professional resume, identify careers of interest, and search for colleges that will enhance your education and allow you to achieve your goals. 

Get started here! 

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Grading Policy and Curriculum

The Hornell High School uses a 100 point grading scale with 65 as the minimum grade to pass a course. All subjects are used to determine cumulative grade point average on an unweighted basis. This is the figure used on a student’s transcript and for student college applications. Students are required to earn a minimum of 22 credits to graduate.

Academically, the Hornell High School operates on a 9 period day, allowing students to take a maximum course load of 7.5 credits.

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AP/ACE Dual Enrollment Offerings

The Hornell High School collaborates with SUNY Alfred State, Alfred University, SUNY Corning Community College, and the College Board to offer dual enrollment courses. Learn more about the AP/ACE Dual Enrollment Offerings at Hornell.

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Graduation Distinctions and Class Rank

A student must be enrolled as a full-time student at Hornell High School in order to be considered Valedictorian or Salutatorian of his/her graduating class with four consecutive semesters prior to the determination of a class’s rank order. The Valedictorian is the student with the highest weighted rank average whereas the Salutatorian is the student with the second highest weighted rank average. In the event two or more students share a weighted rank average within .3%, co-recipients with be named.

Final ranking is completed at the end of the first semester of the 12th grade year. Courses used for ranking are: English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and Second Language. Weighting given to courses within these subject areas are provided below:

Course Level 


AP, ACE, & College Level Courses****  1.10 x final grade in the course
4th year level courses and English 10 Honors* 1.07 x final grade in the course
Regents courses ending in Regents exam  1.05 x final grade in the course
Regents courses without exams**  1.03 x final grade in the course
Non-Regents courses ***  1.00 x final grade in the course

* Examples of courses offered in this area are: Physics
** Examples of courses offered in this area are: English. 9, Global Studies I, Algebra IA, Spanish I
*** Examples of courses offered in this area are: Business Math, Forensics
**** AP, ACE & College level courses included in rank are as follows: AP Lang, AP Lit, AP US History, AP Chem,
ACE Bio, AP Physics, College Algebra, Pre-Calculus, Calc AB, ACE Business Math, ACE Accounting, ACE Spanish
and AP Psychology

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Summer Youth Employment

The ProAction Summer Youth Employment program is available to youth between the ages of 14-20 to provide a summer work experience at various work sites throughout Steuben County. Find out how to apply here!


Hornell is a testing site for both the PSAT and SAT. More information on PSAT and SAT tests is available here.

Planning for College

Getting started early on your college search will help you get through the application process in a timely manner. View resources for college planning!

If you need help with your college applications, questions about your next step, or need other assistance, please set up a meeting with your guidance counselor.

Student Records Requests

To request student’s records, please complete this form

Please note, immunization records are only kept until the former student has attained the age of 26 years old. Transcripts are retained permanently in our records.

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