Thursday, November 1, 2018

Financial Literacy 101 at Burlington High School (Parents encouraged too!)

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 you start out on their own path to financial independence, we’d like to help start the conversation in getting you on your way!

We welcome all High School Juniors & Seniors to join us on Thursday, December 13th, PM, for Financial Literacy 101 at Burlington High School (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 have plenty of pizza for those who attend! Please find the details below, we hope to see you there.

Details: Thursday, December 13th
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Burlington High School
123 Cambridge Street
Burlington, MA 01803


Featured Speaker:
Joseph Marich, CRPC®
Vice President
Senior Advisor Consultant
Oppenheimerfunds, Inc.

Hosted by:
The Bassi Group
Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner, & Smith

For any questions, please contact;
Marc Marotta, CFP®

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

FREE full-length practice ACT for Juniors

The SAT and ACT are the two tests used for college admissions. Students who are planning to apply for admission to four-year colleges and universities are encouraged to start test preparation in their junior year. Burlington High School will be hosting a FREE full-length practice ACT for all interested juniors on Saturday, November 10th at 8:00AM.  This test is recommended for anyone who is interested in taking the ACTs as a junior or who is interested in figuring out whether they prefer the ACTs or the SATs. To sit for this free full-length practice test, students may sign up by clicking on the link below

Tests will be proctored, graded, and returned to you with a strengths and weaknesses assessment and a plan for improvement. The practice ACT will be provided and administered by Testive, a locally-based test prep agency. Students are asked to arrive at BHS by 7:45 a.m. and testing will begin promptly at 8:00 a.m. Students should bring two sharpened #2 pencils and an approved calculator.

Friday, October 19, 2018

College Topics for Senior Parents

The Guidance Department will host a breakfast called “College Topics for Senior Parents” on 10/24/18 at 9AM. 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. This event is geared for parents that missed the Senior College Planning Night on 9/27/18. Please join us for this informative event he BHS Guidance College and Career CenterParent's MUST RSVP by calling 781-270-1780.

Monday, October 15, 2018

College Fair at the Shriners Auditorium in Wilmington

On Thursday October 18th from 6:30 -8:00p.m., a college fair will be held at the Shriners Auditorium in Wilmington, MA. The Burlington High School Guidance Department co-sponsors the event with many other Middlesex League High Schools. Usually over one-hundred colleges will attend. A college fair can be a very overwhelming experience for parents and students. The National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC) has developed a very helpful tips. We also recommend bringing a pre-determined list of colleges. Make it a priority to visit the schools on your list, then time permitting check out some others. Please remember you are not obligated to stay the whole time, many students spend about an hour at the event.

Below is an updated list of colleges that will be in attendance. This list is updated as of 10/17.

Anna Maria College
Assumption College
Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology
Bentley University
Berklee College of Music
Binghamton University
Brandeis University
Bridgewater State University
Bridgton Academy
Bryant University
Castleton University
Champlain College
Clarkson University
Colby-Sawyer College
Columbia College- SC
Curry College
Dean College
Dickinson College
Drexel University
Elmira College
Elms College
Emerson College
Emmanuel College
Endicott College
Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
Fisher College
Framingham State University
Franklin Pierce University
Hartwick College
High Point University
Hofstra University
Husson University
Jacksonville University
Johnson & Wales University
Keene State College
Lasell College
Le Moyne College
Lesley University
Marist College
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Massachusetts College Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Massachusetts Maritime Academy
Merrimack College
Middlesex Community College
Muhlenberg College
New England College
New England Hair Academy
New England School of Photography
Newbury College
Nichols College
North Shore Community College
Northeastern University
Northern Essex Community College
Northern Vermont University
Norwich University
Paul Smith's College
Penn State University
Plymouth State University
Providence College
Purdue University
Quinnipiac Univeristy
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rivier University
Rochester Institute of Technology
Sacred Heart University
Saint Anselm College
Saint Joseph's College
Saint Michael's College
Salem State University
Salve Regina University
School of Fashion Design
Siena College
Simmons University
Skidmore College
Smith College
Southern New Hampshire University
Springfield College
St. John's University
St. Lawrence University
Stonehill College
Stony Brook University (SUNY)
Suffolk University
Syracuse University
Temple University
Thomas College
Union College
University at Albany (SUNY)
University of Connecticut
University of Delaware
University of Hartford
University of Maine
University of Maine at Machias
University of Massachusetts Lowell
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
University of Massachusetts, Boston
University of New England
University of New Haven
University of Rhode Island
University of Saint Joseph (CT)
University of Scranton
University of Southern Maine
University of Tampa
University of Vermont
Washington College
Wellesley College
Wentworth Institute of Technology
Western New England University
Westfield State University
Worcester State University

Friday, October 12, 2018

Financial Aid Workshop

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. The BHS Guidance Department will sponsor a Financial Aid Workshop hosted College Funding Services on:

Tuesday October 16th at 6:00 in the BHS Auditorium
This seminar will provide information on:
         (1)   Overview of the entire financial aid process
(2)   What you can do to minimize your family contribution, and maximize your eligibility for need-based financial aid
(3)   Why you should apply even if you WILL NOT qualify for need-based aid
(4)   Fin Aid deadlines i.e. FAFSA/CSS profile
(5)   How to value different assets – Home, 529’s, retirement, etc.
(6)   Which colleges give the most money
(7)   How to leverage colleges against one another
(8)   How to appeal your financial aid package
(9)   Pros and Cons of different borrowing options

Sponsored by


Friday, September 28, 2018

Senior College Planning Night Recap

Senior College Planning Night was well attended with roughly 90 parents. The BHS Guidance staff covered many aspects of the college planning and application process were covered. For parents that missed the event, BCAT will stream the event within the next week. Informational packets were distributed to all that attended. If you would like to pick up a packet please feel free to stop by the Guidance Office.

Also for parents that missed this event we will hold our annual "College Topics for Parents of Seniors" breakfast on October 24th at 9:00 AM in the BHS Guidance Conference Room. This informative event will cover the various topics relating to the college selection and application process for parents of Burlington High School seniors.

In terms of financial aid, two very important forms were mentioned last night. The FAFSA and the CSS profile. Both forms are now available. We encourage parents to investigate both applications ASAP. Please remember that the BHS Guidance Department will host a Financial Aid Night on October 16 at 6:00.

BHS will be a location this year for FASFA Night on December 5.  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 will be available to answer FAFSA questions.

Parents MUST sign up for FAFSA night in advance 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

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Freshman Parent Breakfast

The Burlington High School Guidance Department will be hosting a breakfast for all parents of freshman students on Wednesday October 3rd in the BHS Guidance Conference Room from 9:00 to 10:00 am. The Guidance Department at BHS has recognized that it often takes a full year for students and parents to understand and access the numerous programs, resources, and committed staff we have at Burlington High School. Our goal is to expedite this process for you by discussing topics important for the transition to high school. Please join the Guidance Department for this informative and open dialogue. Parents must RSVP by calling 781-270-1780.

Financial Aid Events at BHS

BHS Financial Aid Seminar
This seminar is designed for parents of seniors, or any interested parent
Tuesday October 16, 2018
6:00 P.M.
Location: Burlington High School Auditorium

“FAFSA Night 2018”
Hosted by BHS Guidance and MEFA
This event is designed for senior parents and senior students
Wednesday December 5, 2018
6:00 P.M.
Location: Burlington High School Cafeteria

 Financial Literacy 101 
Hosted by The Bassi Group
Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner, & Smith
This event is designed for parents of juniors and seniors, or any interested parents
Thursday December 13, 2018
6:00 P.M.
Location: Burlington High School Auditorium

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.