Sunday, September 17, 2017

Burlington High School Offering the PSAT/NMQT on 10/11/17

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 11, 2017. For the several years 85% 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. The Guidance department highly recommends juniors take the exam again this year.

All sophomores will take the PSAT free of charge on 10/11.

Juniors MUST register for the PSAT in order to take the exam at Burlington High School. The fee for juniors is $26.00.  Upon completing payment students will need to print the registration form verifying they have officially registered. Students MUST bring their registration form to Guidance in order to receive a 2017 Student Bulletin.  It is important that juniors register early in the registration period to adequately prepare for the test. By reading the student bulletin thoroughly, paying particular attention to test directions, test taking tips and doing the sample practice test students will have a much better understanding of what to expect.
PSAT Registration for juniors  can be found by clicking here 

The on-line regular registration period ends Wednesday, October 4th.  If a Junior misses the registration period, he/she 
may check with the Guidance Secretary the following day to see if there are available test booklets and space to 
accommodate a late registration. There will be an additional charge of $5.00 ($31.00 total) after October 4th.   

Monday, September 11, 2017

Guidance Events for 2017-2018

The Guidance Department is happy to announce a full schedule of BHS Guidance Events for the 2017/2018 school year (links can be found on the right hand side of this blog). In addition to ALL the BHS Guidance Events, we have the schedule for the Guidance Parent Breakfast Series. Based on parental feedback the Guidance Department has identified a variety of topics to cover throughout the school year for any interested parent.

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Boston National College Fair

The Boston National College Fair will be held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center on Sunday, September 17 from 1-4 p.m. This year's fair will be exceptionally large, because it occurs the day after the annual conference of the National Association of College Admissions Counselors (which this year is being held in Boston).

Because so many representatives from colleges and universities are in town for the convention, close to 400 of them will be in attendance at this fair. This presents a unique opportunity for students and families to explore colleges and meet with admissions staff from institutions all over the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Students at all grade levels are welcome to attend.

Click HERE for more information.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Guidance Parent Council

The Guidance Department is continuing with Guidance Parent Council. The purpose of this council is so the guidance department can meet with parents and/or students to discuss how Guidance Services function, get parental feedback on guidance services and possibly implement or review current guidance services. The dates and times still need to be finalized, but meetings will start in late-September and held after 2:00 on Thursdays. Any interested parents or students please contact Joe Attubato, Guidance Director at

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Free SAT or PSAT

Burlington High School students can take either a free practice SAT or PSAT test at BHS on Saturday 9/16 beginning at 9AM. In order to take either of these free tests students MUST register (registration information below).

We would recommend that seniors that missed the SAT last spring, or seniors that want to brush up on skills, take the free practice SAT test. 

Juniors and sophomores will take the collegeboard sponsored PSAT on 10/11 The test on 10/11 is a full scale PSAT,  and If students score high enough they can potentially qualify for national merit. So for students in grades 10 and 11, the practice PSAT gives them a chance to prepare for the upcoming PSAT at BHS on 10/11. The PSAT on 10/11 is NOT free for juniors, but is free for sophomores. 

For either practice test on 9/16 it gives students a chance to practice under test conditions which hopefully reduces test day stress.

Free Full Practice SAT Exam for class of 2019 and 2020

For the PSAT, students can register at:

For the SAT, students can register at:

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

KAPLAN Test Prep

Once again KAPLAN will be offering an SAT Prep course at BHS this fall. The fall prep course offered are designed for seniors only. Click here for the schedule. Seniors should call 1-800-KAP-TEST to enroll.

ALL students are able to access free on-line practice opportunities by clicking here.

Burlington High School students can take either a free practice SAT or PSAT test at BHS on Saturday 9/16 beginning at 9AM. In order to take either of these free tests students MUST register (registration information below).

As a reminder BHS will offer the PSAT/NMSQT exam on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 for all sophomores and registered juniors.

Seniors that want one more chance to take a free practice test OR a senior that has NEVER taken an SAT exam should strongly consider registering for this free opportunity. The SAT exam will be offered at BHS on 10/7, 11/4 and 12/2.

For the PSAT, students can register at

For the SAT, students can register at

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Schedules are in the mail

Schedules were mailed out on July 5th. 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 5th 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 “Incomplete Schedule" you must call to schedule an appointment. There are several options available:
*   Beginning Monday July 10th and continuing through July 20th, then again August 7th to August 24th, 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 21st through August 24th 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.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Advice to the Class of 2021

Each spring, we ask grade nine students to reflect on the past school year and share advice about the transition to high school with the current eighth grade. Here is advice from the class of 2020 to the class of 2021.

Starting in a new place:
  1. It's a little scary at first, but once you know your way around and all the teachers, it's easy.
  2. Don't stress over the changing of buildings. It's easy to navigate (BHS) and teachers are supercool.
  3. High school is more fun than what it seems. All of the classes are interesting.
  4. Be prepared for new experiences and looking forward to what you want to do later in life.
  5. Just be yourself.
  6. Be open to making new friends.
  7. Don’t stress out too much. It’s a big change, but you get used to it fast.
Getting around:
  1. Don't worry about being lost in the beginning of the year. The teachers will help you.
  2. Ask for directions!
  3. Know cut-throughs between the library and art rooms when going to classes. And don’t be afraid to talk to or ask older students for help! (we're not as scary as we seem)
  4. Walk around the school before the year starts. If you get lost, just ask someone. They’re very helpful.
  1. I say be prepared for the tests. Studying effectively is important, more in high school.
  2. Don’t slack, even on easy assignments.
  3. Keep focus in class and take notes.
  4. Stay organized.
  5. Do not wait until the last hour to study or do your work.
  6. Don’t miss any homework and respect your teachers.
  7. Don’t stress too much about a few tests; there’s always time to do better.
  8. Don’t play games on your iPad and don’t give teachers a hard time.
  9. Don’t stress out a lot because it will just go downhill from there.
  10. School comes before sports.
  11. Pick a subject that you enjoy for high levels. For subjects you enjoy less, pick lower levels.
  12. Really take homework seriously. It’s helpful for quizzes and tests.
  13. Ask for help as soon as you need it. Don’t wait until the end of the year.
  14. Even if you don’t finish an assignment, turn it in for partial credit.
  15. Take advantage of extra credit.
Getting involved:
  1. Do whatever clubs you want- even if you only show up once and find out you don’t like it still try it.
  2. Don’t only focus on school; save time for hobbies, friends, extracurriculars, and family.
  3. Try new things; it pays off.
  4. Don’t feel bad if you’re not as good at sports compared to the older students.
  5. Doing a sport and trying new things is helpful. You don’t always need prior experience- give it a shot.
  6. Relax and have fun!
  7. If you plan to do extracurriculars, make sure you have rides.
  8. Don’t try to force yourself into a group. You’ll just naturally form a group of friends without noticing it.

Monday, June 5, 2017

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 8th 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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Friday, June 2, 2017

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 7th at 8:30 AM in the Burlington High School Guidance College and Career Center. We ask that parents RSVP by calling 781-270-1780.
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Monday, April 24, 2017

Arlington High School Spring College Fair

All Students, Parents and Neighboring High Schools are invited to the Free Arlington High School Spring College Fair!  This event will be held in the TOZ (Red) Gym on May 4, 2017 from 6:30-8:00 p.m.  
This event will be held in the TOZ (Red) Gym on May 4, 2017 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. This year, over 100 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.

The Arlington High School College Fair
Henry Toczlyowski Gymnasium
Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 6:30pm – 8:00pm
The College Fair program is a FREE opportunity for you and your family to meet with the representatives and alumni 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 when applying or after a decision has been made?
·   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.
(Please keep in mind that colleges are still registering and an updated list will be sent at a later date.)
May 4, 2017
TOZ GYM – 6:30-8:00 P.M.

Anna Maria College
Assumption College
Bay Path University
Bennington College
Brandeis University
Bridgewater State
Bryant University
Bucknell University
Case Western Reserve
Colby Sawyer College
Colgate University
College of New Jersey
Curry College
Dickinson College
Drexel University
Elms College (College of Our Lady of The Elms)
Emerson College
Endicott College
Fisher College
Florida Atlantic University
Framingham State University
Franklin & Marshall College
Franklin Pierce University
Gettysburg College
Green Mountain College
Hamilton College
Hampshire College
Haverford College
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Hofstra University
Husson College
Johnson & Wales
Johnson State College
Keene State College
Kenyon College
Lasell College
Lawrence University
Lesley University
Long Island University
Lyndon State College
Manhattanville College
Mass Bay Community College
Massachusetts Air National Guard
Massachusetts Army National Guard
Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Massachusetts Maritime Academy
Merrimack College
Middlesex Community College
Mount Holyoke College
Mount Ida College
Newbury College
New England Institute of Technology
New England School of Photography
New York Film Academy
Nichols College
Pace University
Paul Smith College
Pennsylvania State University
Purdue University
Pine Manor College
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rhode Island College
Rivier University
Roger Williams University
Sacred Heart University
Saint Anselm College
St. John's University
Saint Michael's College
Salem State University
Salve Regina University
School of Fashion Design
Simmons College
Smith College
Springfield College
St. Joseph's College
Stony Brook University
Suffolk University
SUNY Geneseo
Syracuse University
Trinity College Dublin
United States Military Academy
University at Albany (SUNY)
University of Alabama
University of Connecticut
University of Hartford
University of Maine Farmington
University of Mass Amherst
University of Mass Boston
University of Mass Dartmouth
University of Mass Lowell
University of New England
University of New Haven
University of Rhode Island
University of Southern Maine
University of Tampa
University of Vermont
Vanderbilt University
Vermont State College
Wentworth Institute of Technology
Wesleyan University
Western New England University
Westfield State University
Wheaton College
Wheelock College
Worcester State University