Wednesday, April 3, 2013

College Fair at Arlington High School


AHS SPRING COLLEGE FAIR 
MONDAY, APRIL 29, 2013 


This event will be held in the TOZ (Red) Gym from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Each year, approximately 120 colleges from across the country 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 face-to face, to ask questions about a particular college major, and to inquire about general admissions requirements. While the College Fair is open to all high school students and their parents.  Students in their JUNIOR year are strongly encouraged to attend.


2 comments:

  1. Why doesn't the Burlington High School guidance department host a College Fair in Burlington? Why doesn't the Burlington High School guidance department take kids on college tours as junior class field trips? Why doesn't the Burlington High School guidance department do more for college planning than "Naviance"?

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  2. Why doesn't the Burlington High School guidance department host a College Fair in Burlington?

    We co-host a fair in Reading at the Shriner's auditorium, and we've done it for at least 20 years, It is well attending by Burlington students. By pooling together with all the Middlesex league schools and offering this at the Shrinter's auditorium, we have found this to be a very successful process for Burlington students

    Why doesn't the Burlington High School guidance department take kids on college tours as junior class field trips? This may be a possibility in the future and appreciate the suggestion.


    Why doesn't the Burlington High School guidance department do more for college planning than "Naviance"?

    We have found Naviance to be a valuable tool in the guidance department. The Guidance Department uses Naviance as our "curriculum". That is one of the prime reasons we promote and support it. Plus since we started using it in 2006, it has allowed the Guidance Department to reach out to connect with more students and parents. The program is developmental, meaning we try and incorporate different facets of Naviance at each grade level. Freshman and sophomore year we try to use it for personalty and career assessments. This helps students to start the process of thinking about potential careers/majors. As a department we find the self reflection process for students to be very valuable when choosing a major, career or college. Naviance also hosts our program of studies ( besides the pdf version on our blog) in which students can search courses offered at BHS and develop a 4 year academic plan.

    Other college tasks we do in the BHS Guidance Department is to meet with juniors 1:1 and/or small group at least 3 times by the conclusion of junior year. I can assure you these meetings are not ALL about Naviance. Although it is a big part of the college search. We also discuss college visits, standardized testing and a slew of other college related things. We also invited and hosted a College Planning night ( http://burlingtonhsguidance.blogspot.com/2013/02/college-and-academic-planning-night.html) for parents and students (February 7th). ALL Sophomores and Junior students were invited, and Naviance was only a very small part of this college planing meeting. As a department we host a college planing night in Feb. and Sept. We also host numerous parents breakfasts as well.

    We appreciate any thoughts or advice students may have for us and I'd be glad to discuss this with any student, group of students, or parents.

    One final reminder to ALL students is that you can email, or schedule an appointment with your Guidance Counselor at any point in time. Counselors make a huge effort to reach out to students throughout the year, but it is hard for us to schedule to meet with ALL our students in a school year on an individual basis. So I would encourage students to be proactive and schedule a meeting with Guidance. Thanks again for the helpful suggestions.

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