Wednesday, December 10, 2014

KAPLAN Program

For the past ten years roughly 90 % of BHS seniors take the SAT exam. The Guidance Department strongly recommends that juniors take the exam in either March, May or June. SAT registration information can be accessed through collegeboard.org

The KAPLAN program offers SAT/ACT test prep courses at Burlington High School. Burlington juniors receive a subsidized rate of $249.00. Please click here to see the KAPLAN schedule and enrollment instructions. We recommend that BHS Juniors take advantage of the free ACT/SAT practice test on Saturday February 7th, 2015 at 9 AM. This practice test is offered at BHS. Please register by calling 1-800-KAP-TEST.

In addition, Kaplan offers Free on-line PSAT, SAT and ACT test prep using the below access codes effective January 1. Go to http://www.kaptest.com/College/SAT/sat-prep-courses.html and select On Demand (regularly $699). The codes beginning January 1, 2015 will be:

For SAT:          KAS1215SAT               (This is for practice SAT)

For ACT:          KAS1215ACT              (This is for practice ACT)

PSAT Scores released

PSAT score reports will be mailed home to parents on Friday  December 12, 2014 to Sophomores and Juniors that participated in the exam on October 15, 2014. The PSAT/NMSQT exam is a measure of three key areas: critical reading, mathematics problem solving and writing skills. The exam prepares students for the same types of questions on the SAT exam. In addition, juniors who achieve high PSAT/NMSQT scores may qualify for National Merit competition and corporate scholarships.

The PSAT score report is very parent/student friendly. Parents/students should take notice of the section at the bottom of the score report called "Improve your skills”. This section gives specific data based on the student’s individual PSAT exam. All Sophomores and Juniors will have an assembly on January 13th in which the BHS Guidance Department will give an overview on interpreting and using these results. Also the BHS Guidance Department will host a "PSAT Results" breakfast on January 28th at 8:30AM




Monday, November 10, 2014

Google Parent Breakfast on 11/18

The Guidance Department at Burlington High School will be hosting a Parent Breakfast on Tuesday November 18, 2014, from 8:30-9:30 AM in the BHS Guidance College and Career Center. This breakfast will be hosted by Michael Westervelt from Google. The purpose of this breakfast will be to help parents understand the impact and importance of your child building a digital footprint in preparation for college. We look forward to seeing you! Please RSVP at by calling 781-270-1780


Thursday, November 6, 2014

Focus on Freshmen

As in years past the BHS Guidance staff puts a tremendous amount of focus on incoming freshmen. An incoming 9th grader faces many new challenges with the transition to high school. Freshmen are dealing with a new environment, new teachers, more freedom and responsibility, etc. The Guidance staff makes every effort to be in tune with this process and to serve as a resource.

Each year Guidance Counselors meet with freshmen in small groups within the first month of school. We call students to the Guidance Office and introduce ourselves, and discuss the many resources available to them. Although we have found this process useful, we also feel it is not enough. In fact, what we have learned from our freshman over the past several years is that they prefer to hear about graduation requirements, academic expectations, how to go about making a level change, etc.

For a second year the BHS Guidance staff worked with Ms. Sullivan in the health department. Ms. Sullivan allowed the BHS Guidance staff to teach a lesson during her Freshmen health class. The Guidance staff covered and discussed BHS graduation requirements and the importance of identifying resources. One teaching practice that we used again this year was a “ticket to leave”. The ticket to leave is simply a form that we ask freshmen to complete at the end of the lesson so we can gauge if students understood what was covered. Based on the data, we felt our message was clear to a vast majority of freshmen.  We look forward to continuing and refining this practice in years to come. 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Parent Breakfast on 11/12/2014

The Guidance Department at Burlington High School will be hosting a Parent Breakfast on Wednesday November 12, 2014, from 8:30-9:30 AM in the BHS Guidance College and Career Center. The purpose of this breakfast is to give parents of Burlington High School students the opportunity to have an open dialogue around stress and anxiety with the school psychologist, Ms. Elizabeth MacKay and the school social worker, Ms. Christine Conceison. Stress and Anxiety impacts all students in a variety of ways. The breakfast is aimed at providing insight into stress and anxiety in adolescents and effective coping strategies.  We look forward to seeing you! Please RSVP at by calling 781-270-1780.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Free SAT/ACT Combo Practice Test

On November 14th  there will be a free SAT/ACT Combo Practice Test held by Kaplan Test Prep to help students decide between the SAT or ACT.  The practice test will be held at Melrose YMCA, 497 Main St., Melrose, MA. Please visit kaptest.com/whichtest or call 1-800-KAP-TEST to sign up today.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

College Fair Co-Sponsored by BHS Guidance

On Tuesday October 28th from 6:30 -8:30 p.m., a college fair will be held at the Shriner's Auditorium in Wilmington, MA. The Burlington High School Guidance Department co-sponsors the event with many other Middlesex League High Schools. Usually over two-hundred colleges will attend. A college fair can be a very overwhelming experience for parents and students. The National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC) has developed a very helpful list of questions that you can bring to the fair. We also recommend bringing a pre-determined list of colleges. Make it a priority to visit the schools on your list, then time permitting check out some others. Please remember you are not obligated to stay the whole time, many students spend about an hour at the event.  Below is the most up to date list of colleges attending:


Confirmed Colleges as of October 15
Albany College of Pharmacy
American International College
Anna Maria College
Assumption College
Bay Path College
Bay State College
Becker College
Benjamin Franklin Institute
Bentley College
Binghamton University
Boston University
Brandeis University
Bridgewater State University
Bryant University
Castleton State College
Champlain College
Clarkson University
Colby-Sawyer College
College of Mount St. Vincent
College of New Jersey
College of Our Lady of the Elms
College of Saint Joseph
College of St. Rose
College of the Holy Cross
Columbia College-Chicago
Curry College
Daniel Webster College
Dean College
Eastern Connecticut State University
Eastern Nazarene College
Elms College
Emerson College
Emmanuel College
Endicott College
Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
Fisher College
Fitchburg State University
Florida Institute of Technology
Framingham State University
Franklin Pierce University
Gordon College
Hamilton College
Hampshire College
Harvard College
High Point University
Hofstra University
Husson University
Iona College
Ithaca College
ITT Technical Institute
Johnson and Wales University
Johnson State College
Keene State College
Laboure College
Lawrence Memorial/RC Nursing & Med. Radiography
Lesley University
Long Island University
Lyndon State College
Manhattanville College
Marian Court College
Marietta College
Marist College
Massachusetts Air National Guard
Massachusetts Army National Guard
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
Massachusetts Maritime Academy
Merrimack College
Middlesex Community College
Millenium Trianing Institute
Mount Holyoke College
Mount Ida College
National Aviation Academy
New England College
New England Hair Academy
New England School of Photography
Newbury College
Nichols College
North Shore Community College
Northeastern University
Northern Essex Community College
Northwestern University
Paul Smith's College
Pennsylvania State University
Personal Financial Management Plus
Pine Manor College
Plymouth State University
Providence College
Purdue University
Quinnipiac University
Reading Cooperative Bank
Reading Scholarship Foundation
Regis College
Rivier College
Roanoke College
Rochester Institute of Technology
Roger Williams University
Rutger's University
Sacred Heart University
Saint Anselm College
Saint John's University
Saint Joseph's College - Maine
Saint Lawrence University
Saint Leo University
Saint Michael's College
Salem State University
Salve Regina University
Savannah College of Art & Design
School of Fashion Design
Siena College
Simmons College
Smith College
Southern New Hampshire University
Southern Vermont College
Springfield College
Stonehill College
Stonybrook University
Suffolk University
SUNY - Cobleskill
SUNY-Genesco
Texas Tech University
Thomas College
Trinity College-CT.
United States Air Force
United States Army Recruiting Station
United States Marine Recruiting Office
United States Navy Recruiting Office
Unity College
University of Alabama
University at Albany
University of Connecticut
University of Delaware
University of Maine-Farmington
University of Maine-Orono
University of Massachusetts - Boston
University of Massachusetts-Amherst
University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth
University of Massachusetts-Lowell
University of New England
University of New Hampshire
University of Rhode Island
University of Rochester
University of Saint Joseph's
University of Scranton
University of South Carolina
University of Southern Maine
University of Tampa
University of Vermont
Utica College
Vermont Technical College
Walsh University
Wentworth Institute of Technology
Western New England University
Westfield State College
Wheaton College
Wheelock College
Wittenburg University
Worcester State University

Friday, October 17, 2014

College Topics for Senior Parents

The Guidance Department will host a breakfast called “College Topics for Senior Parents”. The purpose of this breakfast is so the counseling staff can give a very brief overview of important tasks associated with the college selection and application process. This event is geared for parents that missed the Senior College Planning Night on 10/9/14. Please join us for this informative event on October 22nd at 8:30 AM in the BHS Guidance College and Career CenterParent's MUST RSVP at 781-270-1780.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Roadmap To College Admission - With Special Guest: Dr. Mark Montgomery

Date: Thursday October 23rd
Time: 6:30PM– 8:00PM
Location: Burlington (MA) High School Auditorium

The college admission process is stressful.  It all seems more competitive, more stressful, more expensive, and more unpredictable than ever before. 
How will I pick the right college for me?
What is the secret to admission to highly selective colleges?
What if my SAT or ACT scores are lower than I want them to be?
What if I got a C in chemistry…am I doomed?
 My GPA suffered freshman year (I was temporarily possessed by
 aliens); can I still get into a good college?
Which activities should I pursue to stand out from the crowd?
Why do smart people attend community college?
Will I ever be able to afford to go to college, even if I can get in?
With only 24 hours in a day, how can I be a high school superstar?

To answer these questions and to arrive at your chosen destination, you need a map.  This presentation will be your personal GPS for choosing the right college—and getting in.

Join us for an entertaining, informative, and stress-reducing presentation by a national expert in higher education. This presentation is aimed at students in 8th through 11th grade.  Students are encouraged to attend with their parents.

Mark Montgomery, Ph.D., is an independent college consultant serving a national and international clientele from offices in Denver, Colorado, Westfield, New Jersey, and Hong Kong, China.  As a former college administrator, admissions officer, professor of international relations, and high school teacher of French, Dr. Montgomery brings a wealth of educational experience and perspective to the process of college selection and admission.  He speaks to audiences around the world about how to choose the right colleges—and get in. 

College Planning Night on BCAT

For senior parents that missed College Planning Night hosted by the BHS Guidance Department please tune it to BCAT. College Planning Night will beginning Monday October 20th to Friday October 24th at 6:30 PM, then on Saturday and Sunday 12PM and 6PM.

If you would prefer to view this event at another time feel free to watch the streaming video recording at http://www.bcattv.org/programming/video-on-demand/.