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.

FREE SAT TEST PREP COURSE REGISTRATION

FREE ACT TEST PREP COURSE REGISTRATION

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. 

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Standardized Testing Breakfast

The BHS Guidance Department cordially invites parents of underclassmen (grades 9, 10 and 11) to join us for the next Guidance Breakfast. The topic will be about "Standardized Testing".  Our hope to provide parents with a better understanding of standardized tests such as the SAT, ACT and PSAT.  The breakfast will be held in the BHS Guidance College and Career Center at 8:30am on Thursday April 9th, 2015. Please RSVP by calling 781-270-1780. We look forward to seeing you.

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Friday, March 20, 2015

The AHS SPRING COLLEGE FAIR

The AHS SPRING COLLEGE FAIR!!- Monday, April 6th, 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Toz (Red) Gym - Each year, approximately 130 colleges from across the country take part in the AHS Spring 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 face-to-face, to ask questions about a particular college major, and to inquire about general admissions requirements.  While the College Fair is open to all students and their parents, junior year students are strongly encouraged to attend! Please see the ‘Guide to Making the Most of Your College Fair Experience’, located at the end of this post.
Below, you will find the list of colleges that have signed up thus far, and more registrations are coming in every day.  We will update the list periodically.

COLLEGES
ANNA MARIA COLLEGE
ANTIOCH COLLEGE
ASSUMPTION COLLEGE
BARD COLLEGE
BARD COLLEGE AT SIMON'S ROCK
BARNARD COLLEGE
BAY PATH COLLEGE
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN INSTITUTE OF TECH
BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY
BRIDGEWATER STATE UNIVERSITY
BRYANT UNIVERSITY
BURLINGTON COLLEGE
CARLETON COLLEGE
CLARKSON UNIVERSITY
COLBY-SAWYER COLLEGE
COLUMBIA COLLEGE - CHICAGO
DANIEL WEBSTER COLLEGE
DEAN COLLEGE
DICKINSON COLLEGE
EASTERN CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY
EASTERN NAZARENE COLLEGE
ELMS COLLEGE
EMMANUEL COLLEGE
EMERSON COLLEGE
ENDICOTT COLLEGE
FISHER COLLEGE
FLAGLER COLLEGE
FRAMINGHAM STATE UNIVERSITY
FRANKLIN & MARSHALL COLLEGE
GETTYSBURG COLLEGE
GRINNEL COLLEGE
HAMILTON COLLEGE
HAMPSHIRE COLLEGE
HAVERFORD COLLEGE
HIGH POINT UNIVERSITY
HOBART& WILLIAM SMITH COLLEGES
HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY
HUSSON COLLEGE
IONA COLLEGE
ITHACA COLLEGE
JOHNSON & WALES UNIVERSITY
JOHNSON STATE COLLEGE
KEENE STATE COLLEGE
LANDMARK COLLEGE
LAWRENCE UNIVERSITY
LEMOYNE COLLEGE
LESLEY UNIVERSITY
LYNDON STATE COLLEGE
MANHATTAN COLLEGE
MARIST COLLEGE
MASSACHUSETTS COLLEGE OF ART & DESIGN
MASSACHUSETTS COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS
MASSACHUSETTS MARITIME 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
NORWICH UNIVERSITY
NOVA SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY
OHIO WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY
PACE UNIVERSITY
PAUL SMITH'S COLLEGE
PINE MANOR COLLEGE
PLYMOUTH STATE UNIVERSITY
QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY
RENSSELAER POLYTECHNICAL INSTITUTE
RICE UNIVERSITY
RIVIER UNIVERSITY
ROCHESTER INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
ROGER WILLIAMS UNIVERSITY
SACRED HEART UNIVERSITY
RUTGERS
SAINT ANSELM COLLEGE
SAINT BONAVENTURE UNIVERSITY
SAINT JOHN'S UNIVERSITY
SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY - MADRID SPAIN
SAINT MICHAEL'S COLLEGE
SALEM STATE UNIVERSITY
SALVE REGINA UNIVERSITY
SAVANNAH COLLEGE OF ART
SCHOOL OF FASHION DESIGN
SIMMONS COLLEGE
SKIDMORE COLLEGE
SOUTHERN NEW HAMPSHIRE UNIVERSITY
SPRINGFIELD COLLEGE
STONEHILL COLLEGE
SUFFOLK UNIVERSITY
TRINITY COLLEGE - DUBLIN
UNION COLLEGE
UNIVERSITY AT ALBANY (SUNY)
UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA
UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE
UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS
UNIVERSITY OF IOWA
UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS AMHERST
UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS BOSTON
UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS DARTMOUTH
UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS LOWELL
UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND
UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA CHAPEL HILL
UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND
UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER
UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO
UNIVERSITY OF SAINT JOSEPH
UNIVERSITY OF SCRANTON
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MAINE
UNIVERSITY OF TAMPA
UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT
UNIVERSAL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE
URSINUS COLLEGE
US NAVY ROTC PROGRAMS
VALPARAISO UNIVERSITY
VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITY
WALSH UNIVERSITY
WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY IN ST. LOUIS
WENTWORTH INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY
WESTERN NEW ENGLAND UNIVERSITY
WESTFIELD STATE UNIVERSITY
WHEATON COLLEGE
WILLIAMS COLLEGE
WORCESTER POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE
WORCESTER STATE UNIVERSITY




SEE GUIDE FOR ‘MAKING THE MOST OF THE COLLEGE FAIR’ BELOW!




Arlington High School College Fair
Henry Toczlyowski Gymnasium
Monday, April 6, 2015   6:30pm – 8:00pm

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT?

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 won’t 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…

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 ( it's best to create a list BEFORE arriving):
    • Do you want to attend a two or four year institution? Co-ed or single-sex?
    • What size school do you want to attend?
    • What programs of study are you considering?
    • How far from home do you want to go?
    • Do you wish to participate in any specific extracurricular activities or athletics?
    • Do you want to attend a school 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 the Internet and on naviance.  
  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.
AT THE FAIR…

  1. Pick up a bag and fair directory.
  2. Visit with colleges and universities you feel meet your criteria.
  3. Talk with a representative at the Resource Table if you have any questions or need help with your college search.
QUESTIONS TO ASK COLLEGE REPRESENTATIVES
·      How can I arrange a campus visit? Are there any special visitation days on your  campus?
·       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 percentage of the students are commuter students?
·        When must I choose a major?
·        What types of extracurricular activities are there on campus?
·        How accessible are the professors outside of class?
·        How are roommates selected?
·       How safe is your school? Where can I obtain statistics about crimes on your campus?
·      What additional academic services do you offer to students (tutoring, career counseling, study skills workshops)?
·        What types of internship/co-op experiences are available?

QUESTIONS TO ASK COLLEGE REPRESENTATIVES REGARDING DISABILITIES AND ACCOMMODATIONS

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

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