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BHS COUNSELING DEPARTMENT
  Phone: 206.842.2913            
  Fax: 206.780.1498

Welcome to the 2014-2015 school year!

 
SENIORS:  Welcome back! Counselors visited all senior English classes to review the process for applying to college on Monday, September 29th. Remember to visit the College Planning tab on this site to remind yourself of the details explained last spring.  Review the College Application Process form and follow the instructions carefully as public and private school application processes vary. 
 
 
 
November/December Checklist for seniors and their parents regarding college applications:
 
* Check on the completeness of your early applications.  The easiest way to do this is to log on to the application tracker on each school's website.  You can also call the admissions office.  Please do not panic if something is missing.  We can solve any problem.  Just come into the office or email your counselor.
 
*Work on your regular applications.  It's better to suffer in November than in December
 
*Stay on top of deadlines.  Some schools have atypical regular deadlines...University of California = November 30th.  University of Washington = December 1.  Some schools have earlier deadlines for scholarship consideration.
 
*  Make sure you have completed the CSS Profile if you are applying for financial aid (CSS is usually required for Common App schools on top of the FAFSA).  In January you will submit the FAFSA.  Many schools require both forms. The goal is to submit your FAFSA on January 1st.
 
* Keep working hard in school.  We will send semester grades to all of your schools that ask for them, including schools that you were admitted to in the early rounds.
 
* Tell us your decisions as you hear them.  Even if you get accepted to a low interest school, we need to know.  It helps us counsel future students.
 
* Say "thank you."  Your teachers have worked very hard on your letters of recommendation, and they deserve some thanks.  You can wait until the end of the year, but I think it's nice to send thanks now.  You can decide what works for you.  Hand-written notes are especially nice!
 
 
 

PSAT/NMSQT INFORMATION
 Practice SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test
 
Thanks to the Bainbridge Schools Foundation, the PSAT will be paid for and available for ALL juniors and will be administered during the school day at BHS on Wednesday October 15th, 2014.   All juniors will be automatically registered for the test and details regarding location, what to bring, etc....will be delivered through a Listserv message in addition to classroom visits by counselors in early October.
 
Sophomores who are interested in taking this test will have the opportunity to do so through Eagle Harbor High School on Saturday, October 18th. Registration will be done through Eagle Harbor and will be advertised to BHS students in late September. 
 
 

 
 Current 10th and 11th Grade Students
 
The College Planning tab on our web page is great place for current juniors to begin looking to review the process for applying to four year schools.  The Planning Guide and all of the other documents you may need to submit to our office during application time (ie. College Tracking Form for each college to which you are applying, Student Data Sheet and Parent Brag Sheet). are listed within this tab.
 
REMINDER: Only private colleges require a counselor's letter of recommendation (this includes all Common Application schools).  Most public universities do not require a teacher or counselor letter of recommendation.
 
See the College Application Process worksheet for more details
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

  • Seattle Performing And Visual Arts Fair
    Seattle Center - Fisher Pavilion
    Tuesday, October 28: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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  • Friday, October 31, 2014  
    9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
    Saturday, November 1, 2014
    12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Washington State Convention Center
    Register here (scroll to page 2)
    Note:  BHS counselors encourage
    students to attend on Saturday. 
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  • PSAT/NMSQT (Practice SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test): will be on Wednesday October 15th @ 8:45 am for all juniors-no sign up is necessary. If you are a freshman or sophomore, the PSAT is available to you on Saturday, October 18th through Eagle Harbor HS. 
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