Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Course Selection Meetings

Students in grades 9, 10 and 11 met with their respective Guidance Counselor on 2/14/17. The 2017/2018 Program of Studies was discussed. Please feel free to take a look at the Program of Studies Presentation that was presented to students.

Please be aware of the full timeline for the course selection process.
·         Feb 10th - Course Planning meetings
·         Feb 13th – March 3rd  (after vacation)
          Teachers discuss class options & enter
     recommendations into Aspen
·         March 8th - Long period/ assembly
 How to input your course requests in Aspen
·         March 9th – March 14th
          Counselors in lower library during study halls
 Students can input course requests
·         March 28th - Receive verification of requests in HR

·         March 31st - Deadline for final changes

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

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 March 1, 2017. Please RSVP by calling 781-270-1780. We look forward to seeing you!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Junior College Planning Night

Due to the cancellation of school Junior College Planing Night will be held on Wednesday February 15th at 6:30.

Junior parents and students are reminded that "Junior College Planning Night” will be held Thursday, February 9, 2017 (snow date will be Wednesday February 15th 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 9th at 6:30. 

Friday, January 20, 2017

PSAT Results Breakfast

The Guidance Department at Burlington High School and KAPLAN Test Prep will host an “Understanding PSAT Results Breakfast” on Wednesday January 25th, beginning at 8:30 A.M. The event will be held in the Guidance College and Career Center. The purpose of this breakfast is to give parents of students who took the PSAT on October 19th 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 25th. If you plan to attend please call 781-270-1780 to confirm your attendance. We look forward to seeing you there.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Summer Opportunities for Students

With snow in the forecast, what better time to start making plans for summer? Students, have you ever wanted to explore a subject not offered in our high school? Would you like to spend some time this summer on a college campus? Or maybe volunteer in Boston at the Aquarium or the State House?  If so, consider looking into summer enrichment programs for high school students. There are two ways to do this.

The first is to attend the annual Summer Opportunities Fair at Phillips Andover Academy on Sunday, January 22nd from 12-3 on the Phillips campus in Andover, MA.   This event "gives middle school and high school students and their families the chance to meet with representatives from more than 100 local, national and international summer programs" and is open to students from all communities. (This fair also offers information on Gap Year programs.)

If you can't attend this event, you can check out our listing of summer opportunities on Naviance. Log in to your Naviance account, click on the Colleges tab and then go to "enrichment programs."  From there you can search key terms, check locations, and link directly to the web sites and applications of numerous summer programs all over the East Coast. Note that though these programs do charge tuition, there are generally scholarship opportunities available. Please make an appointment with your counselor if you have any questions.

Monday, January 9, 2017


KAPLAN test prep will  offer a FREE ACT/SAT Test at BHS on January 14th at 9AM. We recommended juniors take this diagnostic free test as it can help to determine if you should take the SAT or ACT. Click here for registration information. 

Friday, January 6, 2017

Mid-term Exams: Helpful Hints


Don’t cram; start studying early
Review and share notes with peers.
Don’t be afraid to go to teachers for help.
Participate in study groups
Teach topics to other people.
Flashcards (Flashcardlet App.)
Review old tests/quizzes & your STUDY GUIDE
Put away technology and social media.
Try to spread studying out.
Spend 4 hours reviewing per subject (total)
Prep for essays beforehand.
Make notecards to use, if allowed.

Limit use of electronic devices before bedtime.
Review notes for next day's exams only.
(If you've been reviewing steadily, you shouldn't need to cram.)
Remember: you've got this!

Eat breakfast
Answer easy questions first.
Don’t re-read everything.
Don’t be scared to skip questions & come back to them.
Utilize process of elimination for multiple choice.
Don’t freak out if your answer is the same letter a few times in a row.
Don’t second guess yourself.
Doing essays first can help save time.
Ask if you can take extra time.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Kaplan Test Prep

Once again KAPLAN will be offering SAT and ACT test prep courses this winter/spring to BHS juniors. Information has been mailed this week to all juniors, 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 $275, which is a reduced price. To register please call 1-800-KAP-TEST .  The schedule of classes can be found here. 

KAPLAN test prep will also offer a FREE ACT/SAT Test at BHS on January 14th at 9AM. We recommended juniors take this diagnostic free test as it can help to determine if you should take the SAT or ACT. Click here for registration information. 

As a reminder all sophomores and juniors will have an assembly on January 23rd during period 8 to review how to interpret PSAT results AND the Guidance Department and Kaplan will host a PSAT results breakfast on January 25th fr any interested parent. 

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Upcoming Financial Aid Events


Burlington High School will be hosting two upcoming financial aid events. We highly recommend Burlington High School senior parents attend (Class of 2017 ). Please be sure to check out the side bar on the Guidance Blog for links to more specific information in regard to financial aid and scholarship information. Below are descriptions of each event:

Event: Financial Aid 101- This event will be presented by College Funding Services.
Date: Thursday January 5, 2017
Location: Burlington High School
Description: This seminar covers the financial aid process in detail. A Financial  Advisor from College Funding Services will present beginning at 6:30 P.M. in the BHS auditorium.

Event: FAFSA DAY 2017-
Date: Sunday January 29, 2017 1:00 P.M.
Location: Burlington High School
Description: This is a non-profit volunteer driven effort across the state. Parents and students will receive:

• Free assistance completing the FAFSA

• Access to experienced financial aid administrators, and FAFSA experts, available to answer FAFSA questions.

• Guidance on the financial aid process and next steps after filing the FAFSA.

Parents MUST register at Although computer labs are available, it is highly recommend that parents bring a laptop that day. Also if any parents are interested in volunteering as a Support Volunteer (registration tables, setup, cleanup, etc)  please feel free to register at


Friday, December 9, 2016

PSAT Score Release

Although PSAT scores are now available on Naviance, the Full PSAT Score report will be available on-line via collegeboard on Monday December 12th. It will be the responsibility of each student to access their free on-line college board account to view scores and the score report. The Guidance Department will mail home the test book before the December vacation week so students may review questions.

Included in the PSAT mailing will be information on Kaplan test prep. During period 8 on January 23rd the BHS Guidance Department will give an overview of how to interpret the PSAT scores, For parents, Kaplan test prep will host a Guidance breakfast on Thursday January 25th in the BHS Guidance Conference room. Please see below for helpful links: