Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Understanding PSAT Results Breakfast

The Guidance Department at Burlington High School and KAPLAN Test Prep will host an “Understanding PSAT Results Breakfast” on Wednesday January 24th, 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 11th 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 24th. If you plan to attend please call 781-270-1780 to confirm your attendance. We look forward to seeing you there.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Advanced Placement Examinations at Burlington High School

In May of this coming Spring, the College Board will be administering the Advanced Placement Examinations to all eligible students.  Students enrolled in an AP course are required to take the AP exam or exams. 

By taking an AP course and scoring successfully on the related AP Exam, you can save on college expenses: most colleges and universities nationwide offer college credit, advanced placement, or both, for qualifying AP Exam scores. These credits can allow students to save college tuition, study abroad, or secure a second major.

Students must register to take AP exams no later than Friday, February 26, 2018.  In order to register all students MUST go to After registration is complete students MUST print the confirmation page and return it to the BHS Guidance Office, along with a check, for all AP exams ($94.00 each).

Monday, January 8, 2018

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 2018 ). 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 11, 2018
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 2018-
Date: Sunday January 28, 2018 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


Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Kaplan Free SAT/ACT Combo Registration

KAPLAN test prep will offer a FREE ACT/SAT Test at BHS on January 13th at 9AM. We recommend 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. 

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Kaplan Test Prep

Once again KAPLAN will be offering SAT and ACT test prep courses this winter/spring to BHS juniors. Information will be mailed in the next few weeks 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 $279, which is a reduced price. To register please call 1-800-KAP-TEST. The schedule of classes can be found here. 

***For on-line and phone registration please use code:  BURLHS2018
This code allows you to receive the discounted rate. 

KAPLAN test prep will also offer a FREE ACT/SAT Test at BHS on January 13th at 9AM. We recommend 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 5th during period 8 to review how to interpret PSAT results AND the Guidance Department and Kaplan will host a PSAT results breakfast on January 24th for any interested parent. 

Friday, December 1, 2017

2017 PSAT Score Release

PSAT on-line score reports will be available on-line via collegeboard on Wednesday December 13th for Massachusetts students. 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 for juniors. During period 8 on January 5th 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 24th in the BHS Guidance Conference room. Please see below for helpful links:




Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Stress and Anxiety Breakfast

The Guidance Department at Burlington High School will be hosting a Parent Breakfast on Wednesday 11/29, 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 by calling 781-270-1780.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Pre-ACT at Burlington High School

The Pre-ACT, a practice test for the ACT, will be offered to any interested juniors on Saturday November 18, 2017 at Burlington High School. Most colleges require either the ACT or the SAT and do not show preference to one or the other. This Pre-ACT exam offers your son/daughter an opportunity to take a practice test prior to taking the American College Test (ACT) in their junior or senior year. Please visit for more detailed information.

Registration information for the Pre-ACT was mailed home to all parents/guardians of juniors the week of October 23rd. In order to register for the Pre-ACT, your son/daughter must create an account and complete the online registration form at by Monday, November 6th. The cost of the exam is $34.00. Once the payment has been submitted, students should print their registration confirmation.

If your son/daughter misses the November 6th online registration deadline, he/she may check with the Guidance Secretary to see if there is space to accommodate a late registration.  There will be an additional charge of $5.00 ($39.00 total) after November 6th.   

On Saturday morning, November 18th your son/daughter should arrive to school by 7:45 a.m. and testing will begin promptly at 8:00 a.m. Room assignments will be publicized prior to testing.  Your son/daughter should bring two sharpened #2 pencils and an approved calculator.  

Friday, October 20, 2017

An Evening with Admissions Expert Mark Montgomery

How Not To Apply to College:
Avoiding Big Mistakes on the Road to Acceptance

An Evening with Admissions Expert Mark Montgomery, PhDOctober 24, 2017, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm
Mark Montgomery, a national college admissions expert, offers his advice on how to avoid the pitfalls and pain of applying to college.
Burlington HS
Filled with good humor, a healthy dose of reality, and concrete examples of real students who avoided these mistakes, the presentation addresses these crucial questions and more:
          • How do you calculate “return on investment” in higher                                          education?
          • What is the right way to shop for colleges?
          • What are the 12 factors in the admission process?
          • What are the “hidden” parts of the Common Application?
          • Why is it so important to start early in this process?
          • How can you develop a personal strategy for success?
          • How do you preserve sanity in your household?

Dr. Montgomery earned his BA at Dartmouth College and his Masters and Doctorate at Tufts University. He has been an instructor at Harvard and a consultant at Yale. He specializes in demystifying the ways in which colleges recruit and admit students. His views and advice have appeared in US News & World Report, Money, USA Today, Forbes, The Apple Daily (Hong Kong), The Huffington Post, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and The Denver Post. He also writes a popular blog on university admission at

Montgomery Educational Consulting is a full service educational firm that assists students and their families as they select and apply to the best and most appropriate universities. With offices in New Jersey, Hong Kong, Oregon, and Colorado, Mark works one-on-one with students to guide them in their choices in secondary school, to articulate which educational environments lead to academic success, and identify how personal and family needs, preferences, and ambitions can be combined to help them pick the right universities—and get in.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

College Topics Breakfast for Senior Parents

The Guidance Department will host a breakfast called “College Topics for Senior Parents” on 10/25/17. 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 9/28/17. Please join us for this informative event on October 25th at 8:30 AM in the BHS Guidance College and Career CenterParent's MUST RSVP by calling 781-270-1780.