FAFSA- FREE FINANCIAL FEDERAL STUDENT AID (SENIORS)
FAFSA—The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is available online. It is required of all students who will apply for any need-based financial aid for colleges. As of Oct. 1, FAFSA is now open and accepting filings using may be filed using 2015 tax information. See the BHS Counseling website “Paying for College” for more information and links to helpful websites. It is important for families to begin organizing and collecting the required data now. The FAFSA 4Caster can be found under the link above or by a web search.
FINANCIAL AID - “CSS Profile” form (SENIORS)
The “CSS Profile” is required of applicants applying for need-based financial aid by a relatively small number of colleges (almost all are private). Information on this program for students planning to enter college in the 2017-2018 school year is available here.
SERVICE ACADEMIES & ROTC SCHOLARSHIPS (SENIORS)
Now is the time to be applying for the above. If you are not already in the application process, the counseling office has information to get you started.
A Service Academy Information Night will likely be presented in December at the U.S. Coast Guard Station in Seattle. Once we receive details, we will post them on the BHS website under Site Shortcuts and in Naviance College Visits. Note: an RSVP and a photo ID will be required for admission to the Base.
There will also likely be an ROTC/Service Academy Information Night for all grades, especially sophomores and juniors at Central Kitsap High School in January, 2017. Registration starts at 6 p.m. for this event. Details will be in the Naviance College Visits and on the BHS website under “College Rep Visits” in “Site Shortcuts” as soon as we get them.
COMMON APPLICATION (SENIORS)
Nearly 700 private colleges accept the Common Application and the applications are available here.
FOUR YEAR BACCALAUREATE PUBLIC COLLEGES (SENIORS)
Applications for Eastern, Evergreen, Central, University of Washington, Washington State and Western Washington are available on-line through the colleges’ websites. Please note: All state schools prefer online applications. While these schools will not respond to applications before December 1, seniors may submit them prior to that. Early applications are especially recommended if a student is interested in a campus-based scholarship and priority housing. No recommendation letters are needed for most state colleges.
BHS counselors are available for appointments with students and/or parents to assist in the post-high school planning process.
COMMUNITY COLLEGES (SENIORS)
The entrance requirement for the 34 public two-year colleges and technical colleges in Washington is a high school diploma. All prospective community college students should submit applications no later than early spring since most campuses assign registration appointments based on receipt of a completed application. The ASSET or Compass test (taken at the Community College) is used to determine appropriate placement in courses.
CLASS OF 2017
IMPORTANT: The counseling office will not send applications or release transcripts through Parchment if a student owes money to BHS. If students are not certain of their status, please check the fine list or ask the accounting clerk, Ms. Spray. Also, in order to participate in graduation ceremonies, seniors have to PAY all fines as well as PASS all required courses.
MIDYEAR REPORTS (SENIORS)
Seniors applying to colleges that require a Mid-Year Report must wait until February 8th, 2017 to have this portion of the application sent. First-semester grades need to be submitted and posted to Parchment.com before a student’s “most recent” transcript can be sent.
Please note: Common Application Mid-Year Reports will be submitted by your counselor including the Mid-Year Transcript after February 8th, 2017.
For all non-Common Application Colleges that require a Mid-Year Report: Students request the transcript to be sent through Parchment.com after February 8th, 2017.
PARENT BRAG SHEETS (SENIOR PARENTS)
We are extremely appreciative of all the parent brag sheets that we have received for those students who needed recommendation letters. These brag sheets are an invaluable piece of information and have helped us in writing your student’s letters of recommendation. Thank you for your touching stories and information about your students.
FREE TUTORING (ALL GRADE LEVELS)!!!
BHS National Honor Society members offer free tutoring in all subject areas. Students and parents are encouraged to contact the BYS (Bainbridge Youth Services) website and sign up to request a tutor. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org to get linked with a tutor. Tutoring is available on Mondays from 1:30 – 3:00 and Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 3:00 – 4:30. We encourage students to take advantage of this wonderful, FREE tutoring opportunity!
PSAT RESULTS (FRESHMEN, SOPHOMORES AND JUNIORS) Thank you to the Bainbridge Foundation for funding.
Approximately 400 students took the PSAT this year. We anticipate the results of these tests arriving at BHS in time for them to be mailed home prior to winter break. The mailing will include your student's score report, the test booklet and an interpretation sheet to help understand the scores. Counselors will be available in the Counseling Conference Rooms to go over test score results on Thursday, January 5th, before and after school. A bulletin announcement will be made to remind students.
Students are urged to review their score reports in conjunction with their test booklet to assess their strengths and weaknesses to better prepare them for the SAT. College Board has created a tutorial to further explain student’s PSAT score reports here.
All students who took the PSAT will receive free, personalized SAT study through Khan Academy based on test results, a personality profiler that suggests majors and careers to explore, access to college search, and major/career search on BigFuture.
In addition, students have free access to Method Test Prep, a personalized computer-based test preparation program as part of the Naviance. We encourage all students to use this incredible program.
A MESSAGE FROM UW HONORS PROGRAM ADVISOR:
I am the lead advisor in the UW Honors Program, and wanted to provide some thoughts and information regarding the UW Honors Program. Students who are usually competitive applicants for UW Honors are, in short, students who have consistently gone far above and beyond what was required of them while in high school. If offered at their school, they take Honors, AP, IB or other accelerated courses. If possible, they take on independent study or research with teachers, they take on roles of leadership in the activities they do both in school and in their communities, and though they may do a lot of activities, they really, really invest themselves in at least a few. Sound like a lot of students you know? Exactly why admissions to Honors is pretty competitive. We receive about 1500 complete applications a year and in the past have admitted about 550 students which yield an incoming class of about 250. There are a lot of amazing students out there.
What end up being very important for us are the student's essays - both their personal statements and their honors essays. We of course want them to be well written but also personal, creative, and really show a great enthusiasm for learning. We want to see that they are going to make the absolute most of their experience in UW Honors. That being said, here are some numbers. Last year the average GPA of our incoming freshman class was a 3.93 and the average SAT (old SAT scores) was a 1390. We have always done a comprehensive review of our applicants, so GPA and SAT are definitely only part of the admissions process. I encourage you to take a look at our website for more information about the program, what types of courses we offer, and about applying to Honors. Of course, please get in touch if you have any questions. Thanks!
Aley Mills Willis
Assistant Director of Academic Advising
And Student Community
University of Washington Honors Program