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Driver Education registration deadline is Monday, Dec. 14

Driver Education for spring 2021 will look a little different than it had in the past. Information and registration can be found here. The deadline to register is Monday, Dec. 14.

Finish the FAFSA with help from the experts

The BCHS Counseling Office has partnered with two state agencies to provide our families with free online professional assistance completing the 2021-2022 college financial aid forms. Financial aid administrators from local colleges will help you and your college-bound senior complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) application. You may attend any of the 2021-2022 FAFSA completion events. All events are online and require an appointment. Learn more here.

Virtual Calming Space makes its (quiet) debut

If you are feeling stressed or out of sorts, anxious or worried, we want you to reach out to your counselor. But if you just need a break to collect your thoughts or rest your mind, you may want to visit our new Virtual Calming Space.

News update from the Counseling Center 

There is a new bell schedule beginning in 2020-21. 

2020-21 Counseling Center Newsletters

Also, please be aware of these important dates and events that are coming up:


    Visit Naviance to view the Counseling Center newsletters and other important documents (in the document library folder.)

    Counseling Center Presentations:

    None at this time.

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    College Admission Representative Appointments:

    If you are a college admission representative and you’d like to set up an appointment with our high school, please use Counselor Community to schedule an appointment.

    Visit and use your account to get on our calendar.
    Important: When filling out “Client Name” please add your College/University name in the “First Name” field, followed by your first name. Thank you!

    Spring 2020 Driver Education –
    Pre-Register January 2-14

    Pre-registration for Fall 2019 Driver Education will take place Thursday, January 2 through Tuesday, January 14 in the Athletic Office.

    • Registration will take place Thursday, January 16 at 3:00 p.m. in the BCHS Cafeteria (All pre-registered students must attend).
    • Classes are scheduled to begin February 4, 2020 through June 15, 2020.

    Click here for full Driver’s Education information, Spring 2020 [PDF]

    Please note: if you are unable to access the PDF, contact the BCHS Counseling Center at 518-439-4921, ext. 22950.

    Scholarships and Financial Aid Information

    These links to resources are provided to help families through the process of figuring out how to pay for college. In many situations, this requires a combination of financial aid and scholarships.

    Student Loan Calculator: The New York Times has created a student loan calculator to offer a guide to the borrowing picture at various institutions — and what it takes after graduation to repay the loans. Use the calculator.

    Financial Aid

    Scholarship Websites

    NYS Scholarship for Academic Excellence Selection Criteria

    Students are chosen based on a weighting system of six Regents Exam Scores: English Language Arts (weight of three), Algebra II (weight of three), Global Studies & Geography (weight of one), United States History & Government (weight of one), and (2) Sciences (weight of one each).

    New York State Excelsior Scholarship

    New York’s tuition-free degree program makes college possible for hundreds of thousands of students across the state by helping to alleviate the crushing burden of student debt. The program begins immediately for students whose families make less than $100,000 annually in 2017. The proposed scholarship will extend to those families making $110,000 in 2018 and $125,000 annually by 2019. Applications for the scholarship for 2017  is open until Friday, July 21. For more information on requirements click here.

    New York State Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) Incentive Program:

    New York State has launched a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Incentive Program, which will encourage the best and brightest high school students to pursue high-demand, high-tech careers and build their future in New York. The program provides a full SUNY or CUNY tuition scholarship to the top 10% of students in every New York high school if they major in a STEM field and work in a STEM job in New York State for five years after graduation. Read more about this program.

    Career Exploration Links and Resources

    The following links to resources for career exploration will take you away from the BCHS Counseling Center site.

    Military Information