Friday, April 8, 2016

Arlington High School College Fair

All Students, Parents, and Neighboring High Schools are invited to The Arlington High School Spring College Fair!
This event will be held in the TOZ (Red) Gym on May 19, 2016 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. This year, 125+ colleges from across the country will take part in the AHS College Fair. Many of the college representatives who attend the fair are the same as those who make the admissions decisions for our geographic area. This is a great opportunity to meet the representatives and/or alumni face-to-face, to ask questions about a particular college major, and to inquire about general admissions requirements.
The College Fair is free and open to all students and their parents. Junior year students are strongly encouraged to attend. All neighboring high schools are welcome to invite their students to attend the fair as well. Please note the attached ‘Guide to Making the Most of your College Fair Experience’, which is meant to be used as an aid when speaking with the various college representatives. A comprehensive list of colleges that will be represented at the fair is also attached, although colleges are continuing to register.
Arlington High School College Fair
Henry Toczlyowski Gymnasium
Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 6:30pm – 8:00pm


The College Fair program is a FREE opportunity for you and your family to meet with the representatives from colleges and universities throughout the country without actually leaving your home state. There will not be enough time to visit with every college and university at the fair, so we have listed some suggestions on how to use your time most effectively.


Before the fair, it’s a good idea to do a little preparation.

  1. Answer the following questions to help you determine what kind of school would best suit you:
    • Do you want to attend a two or four year institution? Co-ed or single-gender?
    • What size school do you want to attend?
    • Which programs of study are you considering?
    • How far from home are you willing to travel?
    • Do you wish to participate in any specific extracurricular activities or athletics?
    • Do you want to attend a school located in an urban, suburban, or rural environment?
    • Do you require any special services (i.e., tutoring, note taker, readers, interpreters)?
  2. Discuss your college plans with your guidance counselor, family, teachers, and friends.
  3. Research your colleges of interest on Naviance via the Internet in the guidance office, media center, computer lab or your home.
  4. Check dates and registration deadlines for college entrance examinations.
  5. Create labels or profile cards with your name, address, email, and phone number, name of high school, year of graduation and your area of interest .  This will help avoid time spent on filling out Information Cards on College Fair night.
  6. Bring a pen or pencil and a notebook to jot down notes about the conversations with individual college representatives, and pick up the cards of college representatives for future reference.  It is helpful to have a specific name when requesting information or and interview!

  1. Pick up a bag and fair directory.
  2. Visit with colleges and universities that meet your criteria.
  3. Talk with a representative at the Information Table if you have any questions or need help with your college search.
·      How can I arrange a campus visit? Are there any special college visitation days?
·      What are the application deadlines for admission and financial aid?
·      How do you assign faculty advisors to students, especially those who are undecided about their major?
·       What percent of students are commuters?
·       When must I choose a major?
·       What types of extracurricular activities exist on campus?
·       How accessible are the professors outside of class?
·       How are roommates selected?
·       How safe is your school?
·      What additional academic services do you offer to students (tutoring, career counseling, study skills workshops)?
·        What types of internship/co-op experiences are available?


·        Are there specialized programs available?  
·        Are there special admissions procedures?
·        Which standardized tests are required?
·        What types of documentation are needed to request accommodations?
·        Should testing and/or an IEP be sent with my application?
·      What types of accommodations (note-takers, tape recorders in class, etc.) are allowed?
·       Are there extra fees for learning disability related services?  If so, what is the approximate cost?

Still have questions? Please feel free to speak with your guidance counselor about any college-related questions.

May 19, 2016
TOZ (Red) GYM – 6:30-8:00 P.M.

Albertus Magnus College
Alfred University
Anna Maria College
Arizona State
Assumption College
Bard College
Bay Path University
Benjamin Franklin College
Boston University
Brandeis University
Bridgewater State University
Bryant University
Bucknell University
Burlington College
Champlain College
Clark University
Colgate University
College of New Jersey
College of the Atlantic
Columbia College of Chicago
Curry College
Daniel Webster College
Denison University
Eastern Connecticut State Univ
Eastern Nazarene College
Eckerd College
Elms College (College of Our Lady of The Elms)
Elon University
Emerson College
Emmanuel College
Endicott College
Fisher College
Fitchburg State University
Florida Gulf Coast University
Florida State University
Framingham State University
Franklin Pierce University
Gettysburg College
Green Mountain College
Hamilton College
Hampshire College
Harvard College
High Point
Hobart and Will Smith Colleges
Hofstra University
Husson College
Iona College
Ithaca College
John Casablancas Model & Career Centers
Johnson & Wales
Jonhson State College
Keene State College
Lasell College
Lawrence University
Lesley University
Lyndon State College
Manhattan College
Mass Bay Community College
Mass College of Liberal Arts
Massachusetts Institute of Tech
Massachusetts Maritme Academy
Merrimack College
Middlesex Community College
Mitchell College
Mount Holyoke College
Mount Ida College
New England College
New England School of Photography
Newbury College
Nichols College
Pine Manor College
Plymouth State University
Purdue University
Rivier University
Rochester Institute of Technology
Roger Williams University
Sacred Heart University
Salem State University
Salve Regina University
Simmons College
School of Fashion Design
Skidmore College
So New Hampshire Univ
Springfield College
St. Anselm College
St. Bonaventure University
St. John's University
St. Joseph's College
St. Michaels College
Stonehill College
Suffolk University
SUNY Binghamton
SUNY Geneseo
Swarthmore College
Syracuse University
Universal Technical Institute
University at Albany (SUNY)
University of Alabama
University of Connecticut
University of Delaware
University of Kansas
University of Maine Farmington
University of Mass Amherst
University of Mass Boston
University of Mass Dartmouth
University of Mass Lowell
University of New England
University of New Hampshire
University of Rhode Island
University of South Carolina
University of Southern Maine
University of Tampa
University of Tennessee
University of Vermont
Ursinus College
Virginia Commonwealth
Wake Forest University
Washington University in St. Louis
Wellesley College
Wentworth Institute of Tech
Wesleyan University
Western New England University
Westfield State University
Wheaton College
Worcester State University

Monday, April 4, 2016

Guidance Breakfast- NCAA

On Thursday April 7th the Burlington High School Guidance Department will host an “NCAA” breakfast. This breakfast will give an overview of the NCAA, and specifically the NCAA clearinghouse. The NCAA clearinghouse certifies whether prospective college athletes are eligible to play sports at NCAA Division I or II institution. Attending this breakfast is also open to any other interested parent. Please join us for this informative event on April 7th. If you plan to attend please RSVP by calling 781-270-1780. We look forward to seeing you there.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Early College Planning Night Recap- 2016

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". 

For Parents that missed the event it will be televised and streamed on BCAT.  Please see BCAT for times.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Early College Planning Seminar

On Thursday March 24th, 2016 at 6:30 P.M. the Burlington High School Guidance Department will sponsor an Early College Planning Seminar for parents in grades K through 8. A representative from the Massachusetts Educational Financial Authority , also called MEFA, will discuss saving for college, specific ways to do so and how that relates to financial aid. We look forward to see you at the Burlington High School Auditorium.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Burlington Scholarship Program Breakfast

The BHS Guidance Department cordially invites parents to join us for the next Guidance Breakfast called the"Burlington Scholarship Program Breakfast". The breakfast will be held in the BHS Guidance College and Career Center at 8:30AM on Wednesday March 9th, 2016.   This breakfast is designed for the parents of seniors and will briefly cover the scholarship application process, but will serve as more of a question and answer session. Please RSVP by calling 781-270-1780. We look forward to seeing you

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Freshmen and Sophomore Academic Planning Night

The Burlington High School Guidance Department will host our newly developed Freshmen and Sophomore Academic Planning Night on Wednesday March 2nd at 6:30 in the Burlington High School auditorium. The topics covered will be important aspects of academic and post secondary planning, specifically geared for grades 9 and 10. We encourage parents and students to attend this event. If you cannot make the event it will be televised on BCAT.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Course Selection Process Breakfast

The BHS Guidance Department cordially invites parents to join us for the next  Guidance Breakfast.  The topic will be about the "Course Selection Process". The breakfast will be held in the BHS Guidance College and Career Center at 8:30AM on Wednesday February 24, 2016. Please RSVP by calling 781-270-1780. We look forward to seeing you!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Program of Studies Presentation

Students in grades 9, 10 and 11 met with their respective Guidance Counselor on 2/10/16. The 2016/2017 Program of Studies was discussed. Please feel free to take a look at the 2016/2017 Program of Studies Presentation given today.

Also please be aware of the full timeline for the course selection process.

Feb 10th - Course planning meetings held for grade 9, 10 and 11.
Feb 22nd- Feb 29th (after vacation): Teachers discuss class options and enter recommendations in Aspen.
March 2nd During the long period assembly Mr. Murphy will explain the process of making course requests using Aspen.
March 3rd March 9th-Counselors will be available in lower library to meet with students. Student are only allowed to attend during study hall.
March 28th - Students receive verification of requests in HR.
March 31st - Deadline for any final changes.

Students should use the next 3 weeks to have discussions with their Guidance Counselor, parents and teachers to make the best decision possible for next school year.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Junior College Planning Night

Junior parents and students are reminded that "Junior College Planning Night” will be held Thursday, February 4, 2016 ( snow date is 2/25 at 6:30). The evening will commence at 6:30 PM in the Burlington High School Auditorium. Members of the Guidance Department will cover a variety of topics in regard to academic and college planning. This presentation is geared specifically for junior students and parents. If you cannot make the event it will be televised on BCAT. The times will be posted at a later date.

For parents of Freshmen and Sophomores, the BHS Guidance Department  will host Freshman/Sophomore Academic Planning Night on March 2nd at 6:30. 

Friday, January 22, 2016

PSAT Results Breakfast

The Guidance Department at Burlington High School and KAPLAN Test Prep will host an “Understanding PSAT Results Breakfast” on Wednesday January 27th, beginning at 8:30 A.M. The event will be held in the Guidance College and Career Center (room 106). The purpose of this breakfast is to give parents of students who took the PSAT on October 14th the opportunity to ask questions and get clarification on how to interpret, understand and use the PSAT results.   Attending this breakfast is also open to any other interested parent. Please join us for this informative event on January 27th. If you plan to attend please call 781-270-1780 to confirm your attendance. We look forward to seeing you there.