High School Guidance

Academic Counseling

Counselors assist students in making decisions that affect their education and implement programs that will enable them to reach their full potential. They also offer academic counseling that deals with the students’ practical needs: study skills, student/teacher relationships, course selection. The goal is carried out by providing students at all levels with appropriate academic advising and information necessary for effective decision-making.

Students also participate in the four year Group Guidance program that provides them with academic, social, and personal guidance in both a group and individualized setting.

Group Guidance

List of 4 items.

  • Freshman Year Group Guidance

    Freshmen meet in small groups one period per cycle with their guidance counselor. These sessions assist students with the transition into high school and help them develop the skills to perform to the best of their abilities. These sessions encourage them to express themselves and be supportive of one another.
    Topics include:
    • Study Skills
    • Bullying
    • Time Management
    • Stress and Depression
    • Role of a Counselor
    • Report Card Review
    • Learning Styles
    • Diversity Discussions
    • Survival Tips for Freshman
    • Substance Abuse
    • Standardized Testing Information
    • Online Resources
    • BC High Tutorial Services
    • Course Selection
    • Summer Opportunities
  • Sophomore Year Group Guidance

    Sophomores meet in small groups one period per cycle with a guidance counselor in second semester. These sessions assist students with matching their own interests with potential careers. Self-assessment, education planning, and sources of further career information will be examined in these sessions.

    Topics include:

    • Passions and Interest
    • College Majors
    • AP and Honors Applications
    • Useful Links
    • Course Selection
    • Standardized Testing Information
    • Naviance Introduction
    • Summer Opportunities
    • Healthy Relationships
    • Career Information
  • Junior Year Group Guidance

    During the second semester, juniors meet with their guidance counselor in small groups onece per cycle. The meetings focus on issues related to the college application process and assist students as they begin their college search.

    Topics include:

    • College Planning Timeline
    • “Ideal College” Exercise
    • College Search Criteria
    • Introduce College Essays
    • Naviance Training
    • Online Resources
    • Summer Opportunities
    • AP and Honors Applications
    • Standardized Testing Information
    • Course Selection
    • Teacher Recommendations Discussion
  • Senior Year Group Guidance

    During the first semester, seniors meet with their guidance counselor in small groups. Counselors will help students manage the college search and application process. Application procedures and other important aspects of the college process with be reviewed thoroughly. In addition to the small group discussions, counselors will meet individually with seniors to discuss their specific college plans.

    Topics include:

    • Common Application
    • Standardized Testing Information
    • Scholarships / Financial Aid
    • Sending Transcripts
    • College Essay
    • Online Resources
    • Short Answer Essay
    • Stress Relief / Meditation Exercise
    • Letters of Recommendation
    • Factors in College Admissions
    • College Specific Supplements
    • Hidden Costs of College
    • College Visits
    • Transition to College
    • Interviews

Academic Resource Center

The Academic Resource Center offers support services for all students, and works to compliment the academic support given to students by their individual teachers to enable students to achieve their academic goals.