College and Post
Beverly High School Guidance Department
Welcome and Introductions
College Search/College Visit Process
Admissions Tests, SATs and ACTs
Junior/Senior Year Timelines
Financial Aid: How do I pay for this?
Julie Angelo ext. 11106
Michelle Burke ext. 11107
Danielle DiCarlo ext. 11110
Tina Grasso ext. 11105
Melinda Loosian ext. 11108
Veronica Belleau ext. 11103
– Registrar, Scholarships
Lori Spurvey ext. 11102
– Secretary, Transcripts
Life After Beverly High School
94% of 2011 graduates pursued post-secondary
How do I choose a school?
Narrowing down choices:
– Location, size, environment, internship options, study
abroad options, majors, selectivity, cost, etc.
Making A List of Schools…
Reach = dream school/but may be a stretch
Target/Realistic = good chance of getting accepted
Safety = will definitely be accepted (MAKE SURE SAFETY
SCHOOLS ARE SCHOOLS WHICH YOUR CHILD
REALLY WOULD CONSIDER ATTENDING)
Visit Colleges, Meet with Reps, Take Virtual Tours
Students allowed 1 day junior year for
college visits and 2 in senior year.
Check for Open House/Tour Dates through
Admissions Office on college websites.
Pick up college visit forms in Guidance.
Boston National College Fair Field Trip on
Thursday, May 3.
College Mini-Fairs @ BHS in October.
“How involved should I be?”
“What if we made the wrong
“Can we afford this?”
“Is my child ready for college?”
“ What do I want to do for the
rest of my life? “
“I don’t want to go to a state
school or community college!”
“I won’t get in anywhere!”
Using Family Connection
Online Resource for
College/Career Planning &
How do students and parents
Guidance Staff creates
accounts with students
when they are Freshmen
Parents accounts can be
created through Student
On subsequent visits, sign
in using the Returning User
box, through Family
Guidance reviews Naviance
procedures in Junior
Seminar and Individual
What can it do?
Compares colleges in a chart
version and in a scattergram
plot, using BHS Graduate Data
Links students directly to
Maintains an organized portfolio
of colleges students are
applying to/interested in
Career Exploration with
Interest Profiler/Learning Style
Course Selection Process
How is it accessed?
Family Connection web-based, and a direct link is
provided on the BHS website. Click on NAVIANCE
to get there! The direct website is:
Student accounts are created ahead of time with
Guest accounts are available, if your child forgets
Students can see Guidance Staff to reset usernames
and passwords, if necessary
Upcoming SAT/ACT Test Dates
March 10 April 14
February 10th registration March 9th registration deadline
May 5 June 9
April 6th registration deadline May 4th registration deadline
May 8th registration deadline
for Spring of
Work hard in school and try to finish strong
Meet with guidance counselor to check graduation requirements,
course selections, and college/career planning
Register for SATs/ACTs and consider taking SATs Subject Tests
Develop preliminary list of colleges
Ask teachers for letters of recommendation
Attend National College Fair with Guidance Staff in May
Attend Spring Open House Events (look at college sites for these)
Plan college visits in conjunction with any summer travels
Choose carefully your senior courses at BHS. (Consider graduation
requirements & college acceptance requirements)
Brainstorm college essay
Develop Resume/Data Sheet
Boston National College Fair
Boston Convention and Expo Center
Thursday, May 3
9-noon (leaving BHS @ 8:30)
FIRST 200 JUNIORS TO SIGN UP CAN ATTEND!
Need Signed Permission Slips AND BUS FEE
Students will return for 3rd lunch and class at 1pm.
*Permission slips will be given out end of March/early April in Advisory.
Visitschools all summer and in early fall
Take “round 2” of SAT or ACT in Oct or Nov
Early Decision/Early Action (usually by Oct 15,
Nov 1, or Nov 15)
Applying by Thanksgiving (for Regular Decision)
Submit Financial Aid Forms
FAFSA filed after Jan 1
February 15 is priority filing date
CSS Profile deadlines are earlier, usually in fall
Look for local scholarship application in the
DEADLINES, DEADLINES, DEADLINES….
Federal aid (FAFSA / CSS Profile)
– FAFSA: www.fafsa.ed.gov can be mailed after Jan 1st
– CSS Profile: form or college’s own form
– Loans, Grants, Scholarships, Work Study
BHS has a running list of private scholarships. Check
daily announcements/website regularly. These are
available in Guidance Office as well.
Research many national scholarships through
www.fastweb.com or www.collegeboard.com
– Merit or need based aid (awarded by school or Mass Pell
Thank you for coming!!
Beverly High School