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:




Monday, November 21, 2016


GiveBackTime is a web-based volunteer hub where nonprofits and volunteers can collaborate, communicate, and celebrate volunteerism.  Students can find volunteer opportunities in their local communities related to their own specific interests.  Use our search interface to filter wonderful service opportunities today.

Jared Blake from GivebackTime will be at BHS during 1st and 2nd lunch on December 5th to work with students on setting up accounts and how to use the program

Friday, November 18, 2016

Club Z Tutoring

FREE Full length SAT or ACT practice test available online from Club Z Tutoring. The best way to familiarize yourself with the SAT or the ACT is to take a full length practice test. With this tool you can take the test at your convenience on your laptop or on your tablet and get immediate feedback on your estimated scores for each section. In addition, there is a video library that explains the answer to each question and an explanation of the concept being tested. It’s like having your personal SAT tutor in your back pocket. Don’t know whether the SAT or the ACT is the better test for you? Take both and compare! Go to for more information and to get your free practice test. Great SAT scores are just a click away.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Breakfast on Stress and Anxiety

The Guidance Department at Burlington High School will be hosting a Parent Breakfast on Wednesday 11/16, from 8:30-9:30 AM in the BHS Guidance College and Career Center. The purpose of this breakfast is to give parents of Burlington High School students the opportunity to have an open dialogue around stress and anxiety with Burlington High School staff members. Stress and Anxiety impacts all students in a variety of ways. The breakfast is aimed at providing insight into stress and anxiety in adolescents and effective coping strategies.  We look forward to seeing you! Please RSVP at by calling 781-270-1780.