Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Exciting Opportunities for Junior and Seniors

We are excited to inform students of a few opportunities available at Burlington High School for the 2016/2017 school year. Each summer the Guidance Department meets with many students in order to choose available alternate elective courses.  We believe students and parents should strongly consider some of the available options. Below are the highlights and details for each unique option. Please don’t hesitate to call the Guidance Office with specific questions.

As many know we share a campus with Bay Path College. Bay Path is offering a Fall business course called “Abnormal Psychology” available to juniors and seniors. Students can take one less course during the school day and receive college credit. We have been offering this course for the past several years and the benefit here is students leave BHS with 3 college credits. Click here for an application. The application also lists the specific class dates and times.

Additionally for juniors and seniors, many students take advantage of the VHS program or Edgenuity. Both Programs offer many unique and interesting courses NOT offered at BHS. We have had students take courses such as Criminology, Contemporary Irish literature, Screenwriting, Pre-Veterinary courses and Intro to Nursing. In order to take a Virtual course students should complete a Virtual application by clicking here.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

2016/2017 Burlington High School Student Schedules

Schedules will be mailed out on July 7th. Please remember that all students must carry six academic courses each semester plus physical education and/or health. The one exception to this is if a junior or senior is enrolled in two or more AP courses. As a reminder the schedules mailed on July 7th will only include the course names. A follow-up schedule will be mailed out in early August which includes teacher name and classroom number.

If there is an error or omission in the schedule you need to make arrangements to correct the problem. If your schedule reads “Please Schedule an Appointment with Guidance” then your schedule is invalid and it is imperative that you call to schedule an appointment. There are several options available:
*   Beginning Monday July 11th and continuing through July 21st, then again August 8th to August 25th, Mr. Joseph Attubato, Support Services Coordinator, and several Guidance Counselors will be available (by appointment only) Mondays through Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. to 12 noon. Please call Mrs. Patty Lewis at 781-270-1780 to schedule an appointment.
*   Guidance Counselors will be available during the week of August 22nd through August 25th from 8 A.M. to 12 Noon. During this week, students will be helped on a first come first served basis.

If you did not get placed into your first choice elective please feel free to call the Guidance Office and ask to have your name added to the wait-list. You are encouraged to correct any problems in your course schedule as early as possible.  Doing so will ensure a smooth opening of school for you. Also, please be advised that specific teacher requests cannot be honored.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Note from Merrimack College

Please see the information below from Merrimack College Office of Admission.

The Office of Admissions at Merrimack is hosting a Summer Seminar series to provide insight into the college application process:

From Finding Your Fit to Hitting Submit: A Guide to Applying to College
July 6 and July 2010:00AM - 1:00PM
An in-depth look at the college application process - for parents and students. Students will learn how to write a stand-out essay, what it is like to be in a college classroom, and how to work with a professor. Parents will learn facts and myths of the college application process and financial aid.

Behind the Scenes: How Admission Decisions are Made 
July 13 and July 2710:00AM - 1:00PM
Students get the unique opportunity to become an admission officer for the day and read mock applications to learn what makes a prospective student stand out from the crowd.  

In addition to the Summer Seminars, our Welcome Center is open Monday - Saturdaythroughout the summer for Merrimack 360° information sessions and campus tours. Students may register for both visit opportunities at

Wednesday, June 8, 2016


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 $265, which is a reduced price. To register please call 1-800-KAP-TEST or follow the links below.


KAPLAN test prep also offers free on-line SAT and ACT test prep for class of 2018. The Class of 2019 also has the option to participate in Free PSAT Practice tests. Click here for more details . Please feel free to contact the Guidance Office if you encounter any issues with the registration process.

For students wanting to explore test prep over the summer, Kaplan is offering FREE PSAT, SAT and ACT PRACTICE TESTS and WORKSHOPS. Visit to see what is available!

Monday, June 6, 2016

Bay Path Course Offering

As many know we share a campus with Bay Path University. Bay Path is offering a Fall of 2016 Semester course called “Abnormal Psychology” available to the class of 2017 and 2018. Students can take one less course during the school day and receive college credit. We have been offering a Bay Path course for the past several years and the benefit is students leave BHS with 3 college credits. Classes will be offered on specified Saturdays throughout fall. The schedule can be viewed on the application. Click here for an application. The application also lists the specific class dates and times. The application deadline is 8/26/2016

Friday, June 3, 2016

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:

Thursday June 9th at 6:30 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

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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 8th at 8:30 AM in the Burlington High School Guidance College and Career Center. We ask that parents RSVP by calling 781-270-1780.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Advice for the Class of 2020

Here is the annual list of advice to the incoming 9th graders from the current 9th graders about transitioning to high school. We look forward to meeting you and welcoming you all when you come to BHS in September.  Have a relaxing, safe, and productive summer!

Ask if you don't know anything.

Visit BHS beforehand and check all the stairwells to see where they go.

Don't expect you can figure everything out on the first day.

You need to study.

Don't worry too much. Just pay attention, be positive and you'll be alright.


The amount of work done at home will show on the test.

Work hard from the first day of school.

Keep a planner.

If you fall behind, ask for help from a peer or a tutor.

Learn the maps of the school as fast as you can.

Don't stress about transitioning too much.

It gets easier.

Get your schedule down early so you aren't confused.

Do your homework because they are little study guides.

Be friendly and hold doors for people.

Don't be nervous, just have fun.

Figure out where your classes are located during the
summer; it will make it easier in the fall.

Try different activities and do what you really like.

The work load will seem like a lot at the beginning but you will get used to it.

And most importantly:

Friday, April 8, 2016

Arlington High School College Fair

All Students, Parents, and Neighboring High Schools are invited to The Arlington High School Spring College Fair!
This event will be held in the TOZ (Red) Gym on May 19, 2016 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. This year, 125+ colleges from across the country will take part in the AHS 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 and/or alumni face-to-face, to ask questions about a particular college major, and to inquire about general admissions requirements.
The College Fair is free and open to all students and their parents. Junior year students are strongly encouraged to attend. All neighboring high schools are welcome to invite their students to attend the fair as well. Please note the attached ‘Guide to Making the Most of your College Fair Experience’, which is meant to be used as an aid when speaking with the various college representatives. A comprehensive list of colleges that will be represented at the fair is also attached, although colleges are continuing to register.
Arlington High School College Fair
Henry Toczlyowski Gymnasium
Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 6:30pm – 8:00pm


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 will not 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, 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:
    • Do you want to attend a two or four year institution? Co-ed or single-gender?
    • What size school do you want to attend?
    • Which programs of study are you considering?
    • How far from home are you willing to travel?
    • Do you wish to participate in any specific extracurricular activities or athletics?
    • Do you want to attend a school located 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 Naviance via the Internet in the guidance office, media center, computer lab or your home.
  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!

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


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

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

May 19, 2016
TOZ (Red) GYM – 6:30-8:00 P.M.

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Alfred University
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