Monday, September 24, 2018

Senior College Planning Night

Senior Parents and Seniors are reminded that College Planning Night will be held on Thursday September 27, 2018 at 6:00 in the Burlington High School Auditorium. The evening will cover a variety of topics in regard to the college selection and application process. Several Guidance staff members will be at this event and we look forward to seeing you.

If you cannot make the event, it will be televised on BCAT. The showtimes will be posted soon.

Friday, September 14, 2018

2018 PSAT/NMSQT Offered at BHS

Burlington High School will be a national testing center for the administration of the PSAT Exam and National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test on Wednesday, October 10, 2018. For the several years 90% or more Burlington High School seniors take the SAT exam. The PSAT is an excellent opportunity to prepare and gain an understanding of the SAT exam. Juniors are also eligible for a National Merit Scholarship depending on the score.

All sophomores will take the PSAT free of charge, however juniors MUST register and pay a fee of $30.00. The Guidance department highly recommends juniors take the exam again this year. Registration materials are being mailed on 9/14/18, and students will also receive information in homeroom. You can also find registration materials by clicking here. We ask that Juniors register ASAP so they may pick up a PSAT study guide which provides valuable testing information.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Upcoming Financial Aid Webinars in September

Upcoming Webinars in September
Dear Partners:
Federal Student Aid regularly hosts webinars for students, parents, student loan borrowers, and college access professionals. In September, we are providing a few webinars that will help you get ready to work with student sand parents in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form:
For students, parents and college access professionals:
FAFSA® Process: Filling Out the FAFSA Form (Tuesday, Sept. 25, 4-5 p.m. ET)
Registration fills up quickly, so sign up today!

Keep an eye on for upcoming webinars in October and November and other events for students, parents, and borrowers; and watch the Get Training page on the Financial Aid Toolkit for 

Counselors to find webinars intended to enhance your professional development.
Missed a webinar? You can view the recording online
We understand that sometimes you can't watch a webinar live. To ensure you don't miss out on useful information, we have recorded all of our webinars and posted them For webinars that cover topics just for college access professionals, please go to

Thursday, September 6, 2018

2018-2019 Guidance Events

The Guidance Department is happy to announce a full schedule of BHS Guidance Events for the 2018/2019 school year (links can be found on the right hand side of this blog). In addition to ALL the BHS Guidance Events, we have the schedule for the Guidance Parent Breakfast Series. Based on parental feedback the Guidance Department has identified a variety of topics to cover throughout the school year for any interested parent.

If you miss any of our events we film several events and can be found on the BCAT web-site. 

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Guidance Parent Council

The Guidance Department is continuing with Guidance Parent Council. The purpose of this council is so the guidance department can meet with parents and/or students to discuss how Guidance Services function, get parental feedback on guidance services and possibly implement or review current guidance services. The start date still need to be finalized, but meetings will start in late-September and held 3:10 on Thursdays. Any interested parents or students please contact Joe Attubato, Guidance Director at

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Kaplan Test Prep Free SAT's and PSAT's

Attention 10th &11th grade students:

Kaplan Test Prep and Burlington High School will be hosting TWO separate, private practice test. Please see details below.

Class of 2020 or younger
Free Full Practice PSAT Exam
Saturday 9/15/18 from 9AM to1PM
To register go to: 

Class of 2019 
Free Full Practice SAT Exam
Saturday 9/22/18 from 9AM to 1PM
To register go to: 

We would recommend that seniors that missed the SAT last spring, or seniors that want to brush up on skills, take the free practice SAT test. 

Juniors and sophomores will take the collegeboard sponsored PSAT on 10/10 The test on 10/10 is a full scale PSAT,  and If students score high enough they can potentially qualify for national merit. So for students in grades 10 and 11, the practice PSAT gives them a chance to prepare for the upcoming PSAT at BHS on 10/10. The PSAT on 10/10 is NOT free for juniors, but is free for sophomores. 

For either practice test on 9/15 it gives students a chance to practice under test conditions which hopefully reduces test day stress.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Guidance Parent Breakfast

The date for Guidance Parent Breakfast has been changed to Wednesday June 20th at 8:30.

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 20th at 8:30 AM in the Burlington High School Guidance Conference Room. We ask that parents RSVP by calling 781-270-1780.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Financial Aid Night Review

Financial Aid Night for Senior parents was well attended. Many aspects of the financial aid process were covered by Matt Carpenter from College Funding Services. 

Two very important forms were mentioned. The FAFSA and the CSS profile. We encourage parents to investigate both applications ASAP. Don't forget you can take advantage of  a FAFSA on the web work-sheet. This can be helpful as you navigate through the FAFSA process. 

We encourage parents to get familiar with the MEFA web-site. MEFA provides a wealth of free, accurate and up to date information. Amy encouraged parents to try the MEFA tools page, which has a number of tools you can use such at the EFC Calculator. The EFC calculator can estimate the figure that colleges will use to determine eligibility.

Kaplan Test Prep

Once again KAPLAN will be offering an SAT or ACT Prep course at BHS this summer. The summer prep courses offered are designed for class of 2019 only. Click here for the schedule.  Members of the class of 2019 should call 1-800-KAP-TEST to enroll.

Financial Literacy Event

Dr. Seuss wrote, “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go.”

As your children grow and decide how they are going to start out on their own path to financial independence, we’d like to help start the conversation in getting them on their way!
On Thursday, August 16th at 2 PM, we are hosting a Financial Literacy event for high school and college-age students here in our Burlington office (Parents encouraged too!).
We will be discussing the following topics;
  • How and when to get started saving
  • Deferring instant gratification
  • Investments 101
  • Good Debt vs. Bad Debt
We’ll be having a Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Sundae bar for the kids (and the kids at heart), as well as a barista for made-to-order coffee drinks (for the adults, of course)!
Please find the details below, we hope to see you there!                                                                    

Thursday, August 16th
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Merrill Lynch

Featured Speaker:
Joseph Marich, CRPC®
Vice President
Senior Advisor Consultant
Oppenheimerfunds, Inc.
Hosted by:
The Bassi Group
Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner, & Smith
Armand Bassi, CRPC®
Senior Vice President-Wealth Management Advisor
Kathleen Richards, CFP® CRPC®
Vice President-Wealth Management Advisor
Marc Marotta, CFP®
Financial Advisor
***Please RSVP by August 10th***
Marc Marotta, CFP®