School counselors are advocates for students. Counselors are first and foremost here to support student academic and learning development, helping students achieve school success. Second, life and career development, which helps students focus on future life and career goals. Counselors work to provide an awareness of multicultural and global citizenship to allow students to see opportunity in the ever evolving global communities. Finally, the school counselor provides social and emotional support allowing students to develop resiliency and strength as they work towards their future. Your school counselor is in the school to support you!
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Credits failed in core classes can be made up through an online credit recovery program. The site used is called PLATO Courseware. The PLATO website requires a pre-test, some unit tests, and then a post-test. Students must to earn 70% or higher on the post-test and pay $20 for the .25 credit in order for it to be posted to his/her transcript.
Ways Students Can Make Up Credits:
- Ben Lomond PM School – Mon-Thu, 2:35 pm - 5:00 pm. Students come in and work after school on credits in a computer lab. If a student has access to a computer with internet at home, they can do some of the work at home. However, they MUST TEST AT BEN LOMOND.
- Ben Lomond Summer School – mid June through mid July. This is also online only and can be accessed from home the same as PM School. Students must also test only at Ben Lomond while working on credits during this time.
- Credit Recovery Class – during school. This is ONLY FOR SENIORS who are in “red” status, meaning they have 1.25 credits or more to make up. We have different teachers assigned to a period. Qualified students must have a parent meeting with their School Counselor and sign a contract before being admitted.
Our school no longer uses paper packets. If a student wants to make up credits on a paper packet, those can be purchased and earned through Northridge Learning Center in Layton for $50 per .25 credit. Please contact Northridge Learning Center directly for help with those.
Check this tab out frequently – it will be updated with new scholarship opportunities monthly!
FAFSA - Free Application for Federal Student Aid
- BLHS FAFSA Nights 2017
- Federal Student Aid Application Many scholarships will require the FAFSA to be filled out! Don’t skip this important foundational step!
- Need Help? Here is a do it yourself FAFSA Kit
- Here is a video walk through too.
Advanced Placement is a program run by College Board (the makers of the SAT) that allows you to take courses right in your high school that can earn you college credit and/or qualify you for more advanced classes when you begin college.#Top
What is the ACT?
The ACT is an important college entrance exam required prior to entering college. Your score on the ACT will determine: 1) College Admissions 2) College Academic Scholarships and 3) Math and English Class Placement in college.
Admissions standards are based on your ACT score and GPA. Many colleges have predetermined standards for entrance. You are encouraged to research the ACT standard for your college. Here are a few ideas (from the 2014 admissions ACT averages reported): Ivy League Schools such as Harvard, yale, Princeton, Brown: 30-36; BYU: 28; University of Utah: 21-27; Utah State University: 18-23; Weber State University: Open Enrollment; Southern Utah University: 18-23.
Each Utah college offers “resident freshmen only” Academic at Entrance Scholarships that are based on your ACT in combinationwith your grade point average. The higher your ACT and GPA, the larger your academic scholarship. Each college is different so look at your college scholarship index to help you determine a goal.
Math & English Placement
Colleges use your ACT individual math and English scores to determine where you need to take a developmental course, for example: at Utah State University, new students with an ACT Math score of 18 or less are required to take a Math Placement Exam prior to registering for a math class.
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Note: The October test of your senior year is the last test most Utah Colleges take into consideration for academic scholarships.
To Register for the ACT
(if the fee is a challenge, please see your counselor)
When registering, you will create an account that will link you to your test that was taken at BLHS your Junior year. You will be asked for your name, birthdate and TEST ID number which are found on the top of your ACT scores that were mailed to your home. If you do not have this number, please see the Career Center
Spend a little time sharpening your skills with these ACT prep ideas:
BLHS ACT Prep Classes – see the counseling center to find out when the next ACT Prep Class will be held.
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What is the SAT and why is it important?
Created by the College Board, the SAT is an entrance exam used by most colleges and universities to make admissions decisions. The idea (in theory, at least) is to provide colleges with one common criterion that can be used to compare all applicants. However, it is just one factor in the admissions decision. Schools also consider your high school GPA, academic transcript, letters of recommendation, extracurricular activities, interviews, and personal essays. The weight placed on SAT scores varies from school to school.
The SAT exam is offered nationally every year in October, November, December, January, March, May and June. View all upcoming SAT test dates.
For more specific information on the importance of SAT scores at the schools you're interested in, contact the admissions offices directly. Learn about the 2016 SAT changes, and check out the SAT Student Portal from The Princeton Review.
What does the SAT test?
As of March 2016, there are two SAT sections: Math, Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, plus an optional Essay. The Essay results are reported separately. Start to finish, the test will take you three hours and 50 minutes.
Should I take the SAT or the ACT?
Is one harder? Is one better? More prestigious? More useful? If only it were that simple. In many cases, schools will accept either exam, so it's up to you to figure out which test to take. We can help you explore both tests. Click to read more about the SAT vs. the ACT or take our quiz.
How is the SAT scored?
Each section of the SAT is scored on a 200 to 800 point scale, making the "perfect" score 1600. Learn more about your SAT Score Report.
How do I know if my SAT score is good enough to get me into my dream school?
The first administration of the redesigned SAT was in March 2016. The College Board has released concordance information to help admission officers understand the new scores in relation to the old SAT scores and ACT scores. Our awesome research team will continue to closely monitor how schools are using SAT scores to make sure counselors, parents, and students get this important information. Click here for a FREE consultation on your scores.
How do I register?
SAT registration deadlines fall approximately five weeks before each test date. Register online on the College Board website. You can also register by mail by filling out the registration form in the College Board's The Student Registration Guide for the SAT and SAT Subject Tests. You can get a free copy of this publication from your school counselor. Or you can call ETS at 609-771-7600, and they'll send you one free of charge.
How can I prepare?
We can help. We have SAT prep solutions for every student and every budget.
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