Monday, April 22, 2019

Guidance Breakfast Canceled

The Guidance Breakfast Scheduled for April 24th has been canceled. Our next breakfast will be held on Wednesday, June 13th. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Friday, March 29, 2019

FREE full-length practice ACT for Sophomores & 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 can choose to start test preparation during their junior year.  Burlington High School will be hosting a FREE full-length practice ACT for all interested sophomores and juniors on Saturday, April 13th 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.



Thursday, March 28, 2019

Scholarship Program Reminder

This is a reminder to senior students and parents that the deadline for the vast majority of scholarships is Monday, April 1.  The scholarships that are to be turned into the guidance department are due by the end of the school day on April 1st.

Image result for scholarshipBCSF Dollars for Scholars web applications must be submitted by midnight on April 1.  Please note that transcripts and letters of recommendation are NOT NEEDED for the Dollars for Scholars website.  




Thursday, March 14, 2019

K-8 Early College Financial Planning

On Thursday March 28th at 6:00 P.M. the Burlington High School Guidance Department will sponsor an Early College Planning Seminar for parents in grades K through 8. A representative from the Massachusetts Educational Financial Authority , also called MEFA, will discuss saving for college, specific ways to do so and how that relates to financial aid. We look forward to see you at the Burlington High School Auditorium.



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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Arlington High School Spring College Fair


The Arlington High School Spring College Fair
Henry Toczlyowski Gymnasium (Red Gym)
Monday, April 1,2019  
6:30pm – 8:00pm

 WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT?

The College Fair 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…

Before the fair, it’s a good idea to do a little preparation.

  1. Answer the following questions to help 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 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 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 and/or an interview!

AT THE FAIR…

  1. Bring a bag with you to store college information and pick up a fair directory at the door to the Red Gym.
  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.

QUESTIONS TO ASK COLLEGE REPRESENTATIVES…

  • 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 are faculty advisors assigned to students, especially those who are undecided about their major?
  • What percent of students are commuters?
  • When must I select a major?
  • What extracurricular activities are offered on your campus?
  • How accessible are the professors outside of class time?
  • How are roommates selected?
  • What measures does the college take to keep students safe on campus?
  • What additional academic services do you offer to students (tutoring, career counseling, study skills workshops)?
  • What types of internship/co-op experiences are available?

QUESTIONS TO ASK COLLEGE REPRESENTATIVES REGARDING DISABILITIES AND ACCOMMODATIONS

  • 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.

Enjoy The Fair!!


COLLEGES ATTENDING THE COLLEGE FAIR
Colleges that have committed to attending the AHS Spring College Fair are listed below. Please keep in mind that colleges are still registering daily and an updated list will be sent shortly before the fair
AMERICAN UNIVERSITY OF PARIS
ANNA MARIA COLLEGE
ASSUMPTION COLLEGE
BARRY UNIVERSITY
BAYSTATE COLLEGE
BRIDGEWATER STATE UNIVERSITY
BRYANT UNIVERSITY
CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF AMERICA
CLARK UNIVERSITY
COASTAL CAROLINA UNIVERSITY
COLBY SAWYER COLLEGE
COLGATE UNIVERSITY
COLLEGE OF NEW JERSEY
CURRY COLLEGE
DICKINSON COLLEGE
DREXEL UNIVERSITY
ELMS COLLEGE
EMERSON COLLEGE
EMMANUEL COLLEGE
ENDICOTT COLLEGE
FISHER COLLEGE
FITCHBURG STATE UNIVERSITY
FRAMINGHAM STATE UNIVERSITY
FRANKLIN PIERCE UNIVERSITY
HARVARD UNIVERSITY
HIGH POINT UNIVERSITY
HOBART AND WILLIAM SMITH COLLEGES
HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY
HUSSON UNIVERSITY
JOHNSON & WALES UNIVERSITY
LASELL COLLEGE
LAWRENCE UNIVERSITY
LESLEY UNIVERSITY
LINCOLN TECHNICAL INSTITUTE
MAINE MARITIME ACADEMY
MANHATTENVILLE COLLEGE
MASSACHUSETTS BAY COMMUNITY COLLEGE
MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (MIT)
MASSACHUSETTS MARITIME ACADEMY
MERRIMACK COLLEGE
MIDDLESEX COMMUNITY COLLEGE
MOUNT HOLYOKE COLLEGE
NEW ENGLAND COLLEGE
NEW ENGLAND INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
NEW ENGLAND SCHOOL OF PHOTOGRAPHY
NICHOLS COLLEGE
NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY
NORTHERN VERMONT UNIVERSITY
NOVA SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY
PINE MANOR COLLEGE
PURDUE UNIVERSITY
QUINCY COLLEGE
REGIS COLLEGE
RIVIER UNIVERSITY
ROGER WILLIAMS UNIVERSITY
SACRED HEART UNIVERSITY
SAINT ANSELM COLLEGE
SAINT JOHN’S UNIV. W/COLLEGE OF ST. BENEDICT
SAINT JOSEPH’S COLLEGE
SAINT MICHAEL’S COLLEGE
SALEM STATE UNIVERSITY
SALVE REGINA UNIVERSITY
SIMMONS COLLEGE
SMITH COLLEGE
SOUTHERN NEW HAMPSHIRE UNIVERSITY
SAINT LAWRENCE UNIVERSITY
STONEHILL COLLEGE
STONY BROOK SUNY
SUFFOLK UNIVERSITY
SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY
TEMPLE UNIVERSTIY
TRINITY COLLEGE DUBLIN
UNION COLLEGE
UNIVERSITY OF ALBANY (SUNY)
UNIVERSITY OF BRIDGEPORT
UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT
UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE
UNIVERSITY OF HARTFORD
UNIVERSITY OF MAINE FARMINGTON
UNIVERSITY OF MAINE MACHIAS
UNIVERSITY OF MAINE PRESQUE ISLE
UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON
UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS LOWELL
UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND
UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAVEN
UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH
UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND
UNIVERSITY OF SAINT JOSEPH
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MAINE
UNIVERSITY OF TAMPA
UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO
UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT
URSINUS COLLEGE
UTICA COLLEGE
VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY
WAGNER COLLEGE
WENTWORTH INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
WESTERN NEW ENGLAND UNIVERSITY
WESTFIELD STATE UNIVERSITY
WHEATON COLLEGE (MA)
WORCESTER STATE UNIVERSITY

UNITED STATES SERVICE ACADEMIES
UNITED STATES ARMY AND ARMY RESERVE
UNITED STATES ARMY NATIONAL GUARD (MA)
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS
UNITED STATES COAST GUARD
NORTHEASTERN UNIV. ROTC

Friday, March 1, 2019

Burlington Scholarship Program Breakfast

The BHS Guidance Department cordially invites senior parents to join us for the next Guidance Breakfast called the"Burlington Scholarship Program Breakfast". The breakfast will be held in the BHS Guidance Conference Room at 9:00AM on Friday March 8th, 2019.   This breakfast is designed for the parents of seniors and will briefly cover the scholarship application process, but will serve as more of a question and answer session. Please RSVP by calling 781-270-1827. We look forward to seeing you!

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Freshmen and Sophomore Academic Planning Night

The Burlington High School Guidance Department will host our annual Freshmen and Sophomore Academic Planning Night on Tuesday March 5th at 6:00 in the Burlington High School auditorium. The topics covered will be important aspects of academic and post secondary planning, specifically geared for grades 9 and 10. We encourage parents and students to attend this event. If you cannot make the event it will be televised on BCAT.

Monday, February 25, 2019

2019 Burlington Scholarship Program

This year, please be advised that all available local scholarship paper copy applications can be downloaded directly from Naviance.  The scholarship listing will be updated throughout the month of March as the scholarships are renewed by the local donors. A limited number of paper applications will also be available at the Guidance Office. Most applications have been posted.

Each senior should check the scholarship link on Naviance AND Scholarship America on a weekly basis to ascertain if there are any new scholarships available. For each scholarship listed on Naviance, be sure to click on the link and read the details for more information on requirements, transcript requests, and directions on how to submit the scholarship application. You will note that some scholarship applications are turned in to the Guidance Office whereas others are mailed or submitted directly by the student. It is the responsibility of each senior to meet all specific scholarship deadlines. If you are having problems logging in please feel free to contact the Guidance office.

Please listen to the morning announcements as Ms. Minty will hold several after school scholarship help sessions. As always feel free to schedule an appointment with your respective Guidance Counselor.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Course Selection Process

The BHS Guidance Department cordially invites parents to join us for the next Guidance Breakfast. The topic will be about the"Course Selection Process. The breakfast will be held in the BHS Guidance Conference room at 9:00AM on Tuesday February 26, 2019. Please RSVP by calling 781-270-1780. We look forward to seeing you!

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

2019 Course Selection Assemblies Recap

The Burlington High School Guidance Department met with grades 9, 10 and 11 to discuss the course selection process and the 2019/2020 Program of Studies. Please click here to view the information  presented to students. Also, on the right hand side of this blog, please find the box titled " Program of Studies" for information in regard to the program of studies and course planning. Most notably the Guidance Department has adopted a 4 year planner, which we recommend students consider completing as part of the course selection process. 

This year the Guidance Department added a new feature to our junior course selection meetings. A group of seniors that just completed the college application process presented some key information to juniors in regard to the college application process. The seniors did a great job offering advice, tips and things to avoid. Our hope is this presentation serves as a great segue as the BHS Guidance  Department dives into the colleges process with juniors. 





Monday, February 4, 2019

Junior College Planning Night

Junior parents and students are reminded that Junior College Planning Night will be held Wednesday February 6th,2019. The evening will commence at 6:00 PM in the Burlington High School Auditorium. Members of the Guidance Department will cover a variety of topics in regard to academic and college planning. This presentation is geared specifically for junior students and parents. If you cannot make the event it will be televised on BCAT. The times will be posted at a later date.

For parents of Freshmen and Sophomores, the BHS Guidance Department  will host Freshman/Sophomore Academic Planning Night on March 5th at 6:00. 



Thursday, January 31, 2019

PSAT Results Breakfast

The PSAT results breakfast on 1/20/2019 covered all aspects of interpreting and understanding PSAT results. The PSAT was given on October 11, 2017 at BHS. Scores are now available on-line.

On January 29th at a school assembly students were given an overview of how to understand and interpret results.

Please click on the link below to view the PSAT results information provided by Kaplan at the breakfast:

PSAT Results Breakfast


Please click on the link below for information in regard to signing up for a test prep class offered by Kaplan:

Kaplan Test Prep at BHS

Thursday, January 24, 2019

PSAT Results Breakfast

The BHS Guidance Department and KAPLAN Test Prep will host an “Understanding PSAT Results Breakfast” on Wednesday January 30th, beginning at 9:00 A.M. The event will be held in the Guidance Conference Room. The purpose of this breakfast is to give parents of students who took the PSAT on October 10th 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 30th. If you plan to attend please call 781-270-1780 to confirm your attendance. We look forward to seeing you there.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Summer Opportunities Fair


Burlington High students are welcome to attend this event!

2019 SUMMER OPPORTUNITIES FAIR
Programs for Middle & High School Students

Sunday, January 27, 12pm-3pm

PHILLIPS ACADEMY ANDOVER 
SMITH CENTER
180 Main Street. Andover MA

FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC


Representatives from 100 local, national, and international programs will be in attendance at Phillips Academy to provide information about their programs to students and parents.  Don't miss this chance to focus on academic programs, language study, community service, camps, sports, arts, research, internships, outdoor adventure, international travel, and gap year opportunities.  Many programs also offer scholarships for qualified students.