A student's Senior year in high school can be one of the most pivotal and life changing steps into adulthood. Despite what a student's plans are post-BMHS, we, in the Academic and College Counseling Department, hope the student will feel comfortable in approaching us and feel confident that we can work together to help each person reach their realistic goals. Here are a few things, we’d like you to remember for your final year here at Bishop Montgomery...
SENIOR STUDENT GUIDANCE QUESTIONNAIRE
(There is NO SENIOR SUMMER READING)
Attention Senior Students: Please follow and abide by bulleted guidelines below. Senior Student Guidance Questionnaire should be done directly in family connection/Naviance.
The Academic Counseling Department would like to thank you in advance for completing this very important questionnaire. Your Senior Student Guidance Questionnaire will assist your counselor and your teachers when they write letters of recommendation for you. The information you provide in this questionnaire will be used in your letters of recommendation for college and scholarship applications only. The Academic Counseling Department therefore asks that you be as honest and thorough as possible when responding to the questions, and that you provide specific examples.
The College process begins and ends with Naviance. You Seniors should now be very familiar with the program and should be actively navigating your way through it. All submissions of letters of recommendations, secondary schools reports and transcripts for college will be done through Naviance's EDocs.
Counselors will be coming into Senior English classes in early September to meet with Seniors and provide them with their Senior Timelines important dates that can be found in the agenda also. These dates are specific to all things happening in the senior year. Take time to look at each date and make sure you’re staying on track and in the know! A copy of the Senior Timeline is attached below. We will be calling students out of class individually to discuss future plans but it is the student's responsibility to sign up to see their counselor with any questions.
College Application Information
As Juniors, you had the chance to get acquainted with the college application process. Take a minute and refresh your memory about what you did for the project. You should have an active working list in your “Colleges I’m Thinking About”. If these colleges have changed since the project, now is the time to update the list and start moving them over to the “Colleges I’m Applying to” list. Once this list is set, your counselor will be able to go over your schools and give you a realistic view of how you compare to other students from BMHS using the scattergram feature (you must have a test score in order for us to graph you!)
Parent/Student/Counselor Contract-must be signed by the student and parent before turning it into the counselor. This contract is agreement between the parent, student, and counselor in which each party understands his/her responsibilities in the college process. Please be sure to read each section and the entire document before signing it and giving it back to your student.
UC/CSU Guidelines-will help you navigate both the UC and CSU portals. Please be sure to save copies of your applications, passwords, and any other vital information while filling out the application.
Common Application Guidelines-will help you navigate the common application and all of its components such as signing the FERPA, answering questions, writing essays, and getting letters of recommendations from teachers and counselors. Again, Please be sure to save copies of your applications, passwords, and any other vital information while filling out the application.
For more detailed information, watch the following videos.
Scholarship opportunities are regularly posted in Naviance Student. Anything that cannot be posted on Naviance Student will be announced in the Weekly Bulletin and a hard copy will be held in the Academic Counseling Office with Ms. Diaz-Perez in the scholarship binder or on the scholarship board. Be sure to explore the vast free resources available online for scholarship searches as well. Click on the Scholarship Resources tab for a list of some great links.
SAT/ACT registration deadlines are posted in your agenda, on your Senior Timeline, on the SAT/ACT Dates and Tools tab in the Counseling Corner, and on the collegeboard.org and www.actstudent.org websites.
The writing portion of both the SAT and ACT ARE NOT OPTIONAL especially if you are applying to top tier schools as well as the UC's. Students MUST TAKE THE WRITING PORTION!
Please mark down the deadlines (if you receive financial assistance from BMHS, you may qualify for a fee waiver. Please see Mr. Mitchell; there are limited number and they go very quickly...).
Students are also responsible for sending their colleges their test scores. The scores are only official if they are sent from the testing site. BMHS does not send them!
Sign up for a free practice test offered by Kaplan TBD on the main page under Mock SAT or ACT. Registration takes place online. Students must be registered by TBD.
Student College Visitations
You are each granted two days of excused absences to visit colleges during your senior year. Please download the senior and junior college visitations form from the link below. You must have it completed and signed ONE WEEK BEFORE the days you are visiting the college(s).
We hope you all have a wonderful senior year and wish you the best of luck in your planning and college admissions process. We are here to help you! Come by and see us!