Tuesday, July 14, 2015

College Admissions and Accreditation Status

The Burlington High School Guidance Department called many colleges and universities and asked if they consider any NEASC accreditation status beyond membership and if so, would this status have a negative impact on college admissions or financial aid. We were told by the colleges and universities that responded that our status as a candidate school under our NEASC membership would not have an impact on BHS students in terms of admissions or financial aid. Several colleges and universities reinforced that academic rigor, GPA and SAT scores are taken into consideration when selecting applicants and the school profile is used in aiding the selection process

Great Schedule Options for BHS Juniors and Seniors

We are excited to inform students of a few opportunities available at Burlington High School for the 2015/2016 school year. Each summer the Guidance Department meets with many students in order to choose available alternate elective courses.  We believe students and parents should strongly consider some of the available options. Below are the highlights and details for each unique option. Please don’t hesitate to call the Guidance Office with specific questions.

As many know we share a campus with Bay Path College. Bay Path is offering a Fall business course called “Dynamics of Management” available to juniors and seniors. Students can take one less course during the school day and receive college credit. We have been offering this course for the past several years and the benefit here is students leave BHS with 3 college credits. Click here for an application. The application also lists the specific class dates and times.

Additionally for juniors and seniors, many students take advantage of the VHS program or E2020. Both Programs offer many unique and interesting courses NOT offered at BHS. We have had students take courses such as Criminology, Contemporary Irish literature, Screenwriting, Forensic Science and Pre-Veterinary courses. In order to take a VHS course students should complete a VHS application by clicking here.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Schedules are in the mail

Schedules are in the mail (mailed on 7/8). Please remember that all students must carry six academic courses each semester plus physical education and/or health. The one exception to this is if a junior or senior is enrolled in two or more AP courses.

Also if there is an error or omission in the schedule you need to make arrangements to correct the problem. If your schedule reads “Please Schedule an Appointment with Guidance” then your schedule is invalid and it is imperative that you call to schedule an appointment. There are several options available:
*   Beginning Monday July 14th and continuing through July 24th, then again August 11th to August 21st , Mr. Joseph Attubato, Support Services Coordinator, and several Guidance Counselors will be available (by appointment only) Mondays through Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. to 12 noon. Please call Mrs. Patty Lewis at 781-270-1780 to schedule an appointment.
*   Guidance Counselors will be available during the week of August 18th through August 21st from 8 A.M. to 12 Noon. During this week, students will be helped on a first come first served basis.

If you did not get placed into your first choice elective please feel free to call the Guidance Office and ask to have your name added to the wait-list. You are encouraged to correct any problems in your course schedule as early as possible.  Doing so will ensure a smooth opening of school for you. Also, please be advised that specific teacher requests cannot be honored.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Kaplan Test Prep

Once again KAPLAN will be offering SAT and ACT test prep courses this summer and fall to BHS students. Information will be mailed this week, but we wanted to post the schedule for students/parents that wanted to get an early jump on test prep registration. Registration must be completed as soon as possible. Burlington students only pay $249, which is a reduced price. To register please call 1-800-KAP-TEST or follow the links below.



KAPLAN test prep also offers free on-line SAT and ACT test prep for class of 2016 and free on-line PSAT Prep for Class of 2017. Click here for more details on the free on-line registration process. Please feel free to contact the Guidance Office if you encounter any issues with the registration process.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Annual Advice to the 8th Grade

Each year, we ask the current grade nine students to give advice to the incoming eighth grade class.

Here are some tips and words of encouragement from the class of 2018 to the class of 2019. We look forward to welcoming our incoming freshmen in the fall!

Set a specific goal for yourself, and try to live up to it.
Have fun, don't get too stressed out, but take your classes seriously.
Try your hardest, because freshman year counts.
Keep your notes and homework organized.
Don't overload your backpack or your back will break.
Work hard and make sure you have a good balance between working and relaxing.
If you need help, don't be afraid to ask someone.
Be yourself.
Say organized! Keep folders (physical and electronic).
Don't be nervous because the high school is much better than middle school.
Take an elective you're interested in. Don't take it because your friends are taking it.
Don't get too distracted by the iPads!
Do extracurricular activities. They are so much fun.
Make a lot of friends and be nice to people.
Always keep up with your work and listen to your teachers.
Use your study time wisely.
Don't slack or try to wing a test or quiz. You have to earn your grades.
Don't think too hard; just do your homework and spend a little time studying. It goes a long way.
Pay attention to homework, don't get overwhelmed; it's easy freshman year.
Be prepared to work hard and enjoy the year.
Don't give up on yourself and start and end the year with a a positive attitude and straight As.

And our favorite:  All the teachers are awesome and people here are great.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

College Financial Aid 101

Understanding the ins and outs of the college financial aid process

Many families focus on the college search, selection and admission process. We believe that figuring out how to pay for college is also an important part of this process. ‘College Financial Aid 101’ helps families understand the ins and outs of college financial aid.

This seminar will provide information on:

How financial aid eligibility is determined
How to maximize grants and scholarships
How to read your Award Letter

This presentation will also address common financial aid myths and real questions from other families going through this process.

 Thursday, June 11th at 6:30 PM
Location: Burlington High School Auditorium 

Hosted by  Discover Bank, Member FDIC

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College Topics for the Summer

The Guidance Department will host a breakfast called “College Topics for the Summer”. 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. Although this event is geared for parents of juniors, ALL parents are welcome to attend. Please join us for this informative event. We look forward to seeing you on June 10th at 8:30 AM in the Burlington High School Guidance College and Career Center. We ask that parents RSVP by calling 781-270-1780. 

Monday, May 11, 2015

Christian Herter Scholarship Winner

Congratulations to junior, Jovan Sematimba, who has won a Christian Herter Memorial Scholarship. A state-funded scholarship, Herter scholarships are given to 25 Massachusetts high school sophomores or juniors each year who have overcome significant obstacles, demonstrate high financial need, and who are committed to attending a four-year college or university.  The awards, which are renewable, may total as high as $18,000 per year.

The extensive application process included an essay and an interview, and the applicant pool was narrowed from over 400 initial applicants to 61 finalists, then 25 winners. In addition to maintaining a high GPA, Jovan is on both the varsity track and cross-country teams and is also an award-winning artist.  He was born in Uganda, came to the U.S. in the sixth grade and to BHS in the ninth grade. He is considering studying engineering in college. Congratulations, Jovan!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Early College Planning Night

Early College Planning Night, sponsored by the Burlington High School Guidance Department, was well attended. Parents of students in Kindergarten through 8th grade were present. Jonathan Hughes from MEFA gave a very detailed and informative presentation. Many facets of financial aid were covered. Click here to view a copy of the slides covered that night.

Jonathan discussed the College Navigator Web-Site which gives tuition prices, % of students receiving merit aid and % of students receiving need based aid. We encourage parents to further research this web-site. The other two hot topics of the night were the Massachusetts U Fund 529 Plan and the U Plan Prepaid Tuition Program. One quote that resonated with the audience was " Children are 3 times likelier to enroll in college and 4 times more likelier to graduate if their parents save for them". Jonathan also made a great blog post about saving tax refunds for college savings. 

For Parents that missed the event it will be televised and streamed on BCAT Monday April 6th to Friday April 10th at 3:00PM and 11:00PM, and Saturday and Sunday at 9AM and 10:30PM.

Click here for the link to view the presentation on demand. 

2015 Boston Area National College Fair

The National Association for College Admission Counseling is pleased to invite students to the 2015 Boston Area National College Fair, which will be held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. This year the BHS Guidance Department recommends students attend on Thursday, April 9th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Click here for a list of schools attending

The evening session is a great time for families to attend, and we encourage you to suggest it to the parents of your students in particular if you will not be attending the fair.