Main Menu

Explore More

Counseling Announcements

Counseling News

Colorado Free Application Day$: October 19-21, 2021

What is Colorado Free Application Day?

For the fourth year in a row, the Colorado Department of Higher Education is teaming up with colleges and universities across Colorado to waive college application fees for Colorado students October 19-21, 2021. That means if you submit your application any time those days, you can apply for free!

How does it work?

To take advantage of this opportunity, we recommend having your application materials prepared before Colorado Free Application Days. As long as you submit your online application and your personal statement (if required) October 19-21, other documents can be submitted anytime afterward.

Instructions for All Public Four-Year Colleges and Universities

Link to instructions for specific schools in Colorado: Click Here

 

For more information, go to https://cdhe.colorado.gov/cofreeappdays

Seniors! Early/priority deadlines are coming up. Make sure you correctly requested your transcripts!

November 1 and November 15 college application deadlines are coming up quickly, and we are seeing A LOT of schools listed for students in Naviance with no transcript request! Check Naviance to confirm that you’ve correctly requested your transcripts. Go to “Colleges I’m Applying To” and in the Transcripts column make sure it says “Requested.” Your counselor cannot send your transcript unless you change the status to “Requested.”

Colleges I’m Applying To

Please check your Naviance account now and email your counselor or visit the Counseling Office if you need help. Remember: In order for us to send your final transcript in June, every school you apply to must be added to Naviance for an initial transcript request. 

What Should I Do If My Transcript Status Says “No Request”?

If you see “No Request” under the Transcript column: 

  1. Click on the box to the left of the school. (Do this for all schools you see “No Request.”)

  2. Click on “+ Request Transcript,” which is located above your college list.

  3. This will take you back to the screen where you can check “Initial.”

  4. Click “Request and Finish.”

What If One of My Schools Isn’t Listed in “Colleges I’m Applying To”?

If you need to add a school and request a transcript:

  1. Go to “Colleges I Am Thinking About.” In the search box, type in the name of your school, then click on the heart next to the college to add it to your list. You can also add colleges by clicking on “+ Add Colleges to List.”

  2. Next, click on the box next to the college and select “Move to Application.”

  3. You will be asked to indicate your application deadline and how you are applying to the college (directly to the institution or via the Common Application). You need to let us know or the default will be sending it via the Common Application. The college will only receive your application if it aligns with the way the transcript is sent. 

  4. Click “Add and Request Transcripts.”

  5. Indicate “Initial” and “Request and Finish.”

How Do I Pay for My Transcript Requests?

A fee of $2 per transcript request must be paid by credit card online using RevTrak:

  1. Copy the following URL to go directly to transcript payments in RevTrak: https://bvsd.revtrak.net/high-schools/boh/boh-additional-boulder-high-opportunities/#/v/boh-transcripts

  2. Follow the online instructions to complete your transaction. Email Theresa van Zante at theresa.vanzante@bvsd.org if you have any questions. (You do not need to email your receipt.) Note: Transcript fees are waived for students who qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch. Contact theresa.vanzante@bvsd.org to request a waiver. Unpaid transcript fees will be added to your school fines.

Helpful Links to Instructions and Videos

Out-of-State Virtual College Fair Sept. 29 & 30! Register Now!

Colorado Virtual College Fair Registration Is Open!

September  29 & 30 * 5:00-7:45 pm

Registration is now open for the Colorado Virtual College Fair! Sign-up to virtually connect with colleges and universities from around the country for free.

During the Virtual College Fair, you will have the chance to hear from many different colleges. You can choose which colleges you want to hear from by registering for their sessions. You and your family can ask questions of the college representatives throughout the presentations too!

The program will also include college knowledge sessions on topics such as finding a college that fits, paying for college, and writing a college essay presented by college admission counselors.

Check out the schedule, list of colleges, and register now!

We are looking forward to sharing this virtual experience with each of you!

Financial Aid Night (Virtual Event) for Seniors Sept. 22 @ 6 pm

To Families of Seniors! A Financial Aid Presentation by Front Range Community College will be held virtually on Wednesday, September 22, at 6:00 pm. Information with the Zoom links to join will be emailed to families of seniors the day of the event. There will be one presentation in English and one presentation in Spanish. Only 300 attendees are allowed into each presentation, so please log in only once as a family. If you are not allowed into the event due to the 300-attendee limit, the presentation will be recorded and posted on the Counseling Events website. This presentation will discuss college financial planning for seniors, including how to navigate financial aid and information on FASFA, loans, grants, and scholarships.


¡Familias de estudiantes de 12º  grado! Front Range hará una presentación virtual de asistencia financiera el 22 de septiembre a las 6:00 pm. Se les enviará un enlace de Zoom a los estudiantes de último año y sus familias el día de la presentación. Habrá una presentación en inglés y otra en español.

Solo se permiten 300 asistentes en cada presentación, así que inicie sesión solo una vez como familia. Si no se le permite ingresar al evento debido al límite de 300 asistentes, la presentación se grabará y se publicará en la página web de los consejeros para familias.

In-State College Fair Oct. 14 at Broomfield High School

Broomfield High will be hosting the In-State Fair this year on October 14, 2021, 6:00-7:00 pm in the Eagle Gym. The colleges are requesting that students register in advance to reduce the sharing of pens and materials. Use the QR code on the In-State College Fair flyer to register. Or go to https://coloradocouncil.swoogo.com/registration for more information and to register.

Fall 2021 Virtual College Rep Visits Begin September 15!

Fall 2021, all college rep visits will be held virtually. To join these meetings, go to your Naviance account. On the top of the page, click "Colleges> Research Colleges>College Visits." Then select "Register Now" to sign up for that meeting. Join these virtual meetings on your own device or ask to use one of the Counseling Office chrome books. If you are going to miss a class period to attend a college visit, you must check in at the counseling office to be excused.

Note! Some college links require you to register directly with them first, and others are direct links to the meeting. Be sure to check the link before the meeting to see if you need to register in advance for a specific college's visit!

Each year, Boulder High hosts college admissions representatives to provide an opportunity for juniors and seniors to learn more about prospective colleges. View the College Rep Visits Calendar for the schedule. You can also search Naviance to see when a specific college you are interested in is visiting and to sign up for their visit.

AP Exam Payment & Registration Is September 13-October 1

Advanced Placement (AP) exam registrations and payments for yearlong and first-semester classes for 2021–2022 begin on Monday, September 13, 2021. If your student is taking an AP class this fall, they need to register and pay before October 1 if they want to take an AP exam in May 2022. For classes being taken only during the second semester, students will have the opportunity to register and pay starting January 2022. Link to AP 2021-22 Registration Instruction. Questions? Contact our BHS test coordinator, Marianne Chavez, at marianne.chavez@bvsd.org, or go to our AP Focus Program page.

Registration for the Oct. 16 PSAT/NMSQT for Juniors: Sept. 13-Oct. 1, 2021

The PSAT/NMSQT is scheduled for Saturday, October 16, 2021, 8 am–12 pm. College-bound juniors should plan to take the PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test). High-scoring juniors may qualify to become National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists. The PSAT is good practice for the SAT and is optional for all junior students.

Registration is from September 13 thru October 1, 2021. The price is $35. 

There are two important steps to complete in order to take the test. Students MUST COMPLETE BOTH STEPS or there will not be a test for them.

  1. Pay on RevTrak: Payments must be made online. Click here for a direct link to the payment page. (Or go to boh.bvsd.org > School Life > Fees & Payments > Additional Opportunities > PSAT/NMSQT.) PRINT YOUR RECEIPT! 

  2. Register: Bring the receipt to Theresa van Zante in the Counseling Office to officially register and receive a study guide. Registration ends October 1, 2021. Note: Students can also show an electronic copy of their receipt if they are not able to print it.

For students who have qualified for Free and Reduced Lunch, please see Theresa van Zante in Counseling to receive a waiver.  The waiver deadline is October 1, 2021.

If you have any questions, please contact our School Assessment Coordinator, Marianne Chavez (marianne.chavez@bvsd.org), or go to our BHS Testing Information Website.

More information can be found on the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) PSAT/SAT Website 

Boulder High Counseling Update

Dear Boulder High School Community,

Welcome to the 2021–2022 school year! We look forward to another exciting year and will be happy to hear the hallways buzzing next week.

As we prepare for students to return to the building, we are busy enrolling new students, balancing classes, and finalizing schedules for the upcoming school year. Schedules will be finalized and released for students on Infinite Campus on Monday, August 16, at 4:00 pm.  We also wanted to let you know of a slight shift in the counselor/administrator alphabet. Periodically, our school reviews counselor and administrator caseloads to make sure that students have equal access to the counselors and administrators who help support them. Our counseling department has worked hard to align our practices and establish consistency when working with individual students. Although each student’s situation is unique, we recognize the importance of ensuring equity and following processes and procedures within the school. If your counselor has changed due to the realignment, you can expect the same high-quality service from your new counselor. Here is the new alpha breakdown:

A–Cor  Joanna Berman/Kristen Lewis

Cos–Go  Jen Valenzuela-Sliger/Kristen Lewis

Gp–Lao  Marc Goulet/Melissa Warfield

Lap–Nj  Matt Mowen/Melissa Warfield

Nk–Sen  Andrew Bloom/Scott Cawlfield

Seo–Z  Julie Malkinson/Scott Cawlfield

We hope you have all enjoyed your summer, and we look forward to working with you and your family during this school year. 

—BHS Counseling

Apreciable comunidad de Boulder High School:

¡Bienvenidos al año escolar 2021-2022! Esperamos otro emocionante año escolar, y nos dará mucho gusto oír los pasillos llenos de voces en un par de semanas. Conforme nos preparamos para el regreso de los estudiantes al edificio, estamos atareados en la inscripción de estudiantes nuevos, equilibrando las clases, y finalizando los horarios para el nuevo año escolar. Los horarios serán finalizados y se darán a conocer a los estudiantes en Infinite Campus a las 4:00 p.m. del lunes 16 de agosto. También queríamos informarles un pequeño cambio en la lista de atención que brindarán los consejeros/administradores, de acuerdo con el orden alfabético del apellido del estudiante . Periódicamente, nuestra escuela examina el número de casos asignados a los consejeros y administradores, para asegurar que los estudiantes tengan un acceso equitativo a quienes contribuyen a apoyarlos. Nuestro departamento de consejeros se ha esforzado por alinear nuestras prácticas y asegurar una constancia en el trabajo con los estudiantes. Aunque la situación de cada estudiante es única, los consejeros reconocen la importancia de la equidad, así como de seguir procesos y procedimientos establecidos en la escuela. Dicho esto, si su consejero ha cambiado, debido al reajuste, podrán esperar el mismo servicio de alta calidad de su consejero nuevo. A continuación, figura el nuevo desglose alfabético:

A-Cor - Joanna Berman/Kristen Lewis

Cos-Go - Jen Valenzuela-Sliger/Kristen Lewis

Gp-Lao - Marc Goulet/Melissa Warfield

Lap-Nj - Matt Mowen/Melissa Warfield

Nk-Sen - Andrew Bloom/Scott Cawlfield

Seo-Z - Julie Malkinson/Scott Cawlfield

Esperamos que todos ustedes hayan disfrutado de su verano, y esperamos trabajar con ustedes y sus familias durante el año escolar.

-Los consejeros de BHS

 

New Students Grades 10-12: Important Information from Your Counselors

Attention Students New to Boulder High: Grades 10–12

The Boulder High Counseling staff would like to welcome students and families who will be starting with us in August for the 2021–22 school year. Starting a new school can be exciting as well as challenging, and we’ll do our best to keep you informed on important events, information, and key dates. Below is some general information from the Counseling Office about starting the 2021–22 school year. Please be sure to check the Boulder High website at boh.bvsd.org in early August for updates on specific Boulder High events and timelines.

Course Selection & Class Schedules for 2021–22

Class schedules will be available in Infinite Campus (IC) mid-August (usually a couple of days before school starts). Students who are new to the district will be able to access their IC account in August. If you need assistance with your student IC account, contact rebecca.vancura@bvsd.org on or after August 10. Parents can contact theresa.vanzante@bvsd.org for help with the IC parent portal. 

Boulder High Check-in: August 9 & 10, 8:30 am–4:30 pm

Our annual Boulder High Check-in is scheduled for August 9 and 10. At Check-in, students will have their picture taken for their ID and yearbook, and can preorder a yearbook. The make-up Check-in Day will be Tuesday, August 17 (time TBA), for those who cannot attend on August 9 or 10. More information ... 

Summer Assignments for Advanced & AP Classes

Summer assignments for advanced and Advanced Placement (AP) classes are posted on our website.

New Student Orientation Is Wednesday, August 18, 1:00–2:30 pm

Mark your calendar! Our New Student Orientation is Wednesday, August 18, 1:00–2:30 pm. During orientation, you’ll tour the campus, get help logging in to IC, and meet other students. This orientation is specifically for students in grades 10, 11, and 12 who are new to Boulder High. The first day of school is Thursday, August 19, 8:35 am–3:35 pm.

The Panther Post

The Panther Post is Boulder High’s go-to place for information, announcements, and happenings at Boulder High. We email this newsletter to our students and families every Monday afternoon. Link to the May 24, 2021, Panther Post.

Update from Athletics Department Director Ryan Bishop

Welcome to Boulder High! Now is your time to make memories and do something special. We are excited to have you become a part of our athletic community along with our current solid student-athletes at BHS. Being a Panther Athlete is special and cannot be taken lightly, as hard work and drive will be needed to get the most out of your experience. You only get one chance at the high school experience—make the most of it. You will never regret being a part of a team, so take a chance and have an experience.  

  1. BHS Mountain Bike Team: If you are interested in joining the BHS Mountain Bike Team (BoulderHighMTB.org), please email boulderhighmtb@gmail.com ASAP. Registration for this team ended May 21 but is extended for incoming freshmen and new students.

  2. Communicate with Your Head Coach: Although we are not able to meet with you in person, many of our programs have started their off-seasons. It is important that you reach out to your program's coach (listed below) as soon as possible to introduce yourself and ask for upcoming events. They will keep you informed of any future potential meetings and workouts. 

  3. BHS Summer Strength & Agility Program: Any potential student-athletes who wish to participate in the summer Strength and Agility Program that the athletic program puts on should immediately contact Coach Bishop ryan.bishop@bvsd.org. This program starts June 1 and will run until the end of July. For specific information, please visit https://boh.bvsd.org/athletics/sports-conditioning.

Spirit Squads

Fall Sports

Winter Sports

Spring Sports

Please continue to look for communication from coaches or reach out to ryan.bishop@bvsd.org for upcoming camps and events. In addition, please visit our BHS Athletics Website. It contains tons of information about our programs. To view our extensive list of clubs, go to the BHS Clubs & Activities Website. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. —Ryan Bishop, Athletic Director, ryan.bishop@bvsd.org 

Attention Rising 9th Graders: What Comes Next . . .

Attention Rising 9th Graders: What Comes Next . . .

Dear Students and Parents of the Class of 2025,

The Boulder High Counselors are excited to meet our incoming freshmen in August and welcome you to Boulder High School. Starting a new school can be exciting as well as challenging, and we’ll do our best to keep you informed on important events, information, and key dates. Below is some general information from the Counseling Office about starting the 2021–22 school year. Please be sure to check the Boulder High website at boh.bvsd.org in early August for updates on specific Boulder High events and timelines.

Course Selection & Class Schedules for 2021–22

Class schedules will be available in Infinite Campus (IC) mid-August (usually a couple of days before school starts). If you have a 504, your middle school will send the information to Boulder High over the summer. Students who are new to the district will be able to access their IC account starting August 1. If you need assistance with your student IC account, contact rebecca.vancura@bvsd.org on or after August 10. Parents can contact theresa.vanzante@bvsd.org for help with the IC parent portal. 

Freshman Check-in: August 9, 8:30 am–4:30 pm

Our annual Boulder High Check-in Day for freshmen is scheduled for August 9. At Check-in, students will have their picture taken for their ID and yearbook, and can preorder a yearbook. The make-up Check-in Day will be Tuesday, August 17 (time TBA), for those who cannot attend on August 9. More information ... 

Summer Reading Assignments

Summer reading assignments for Advanced 9th Grade English LA are posted on our website.

First Day of School for Freshmen Is Wednesday, August 18, 8:30 am

Mark your calendar! Freshman Orientation is Wednesday, August 18. Students will meet on the front lawn of Boulder High at 8:30 am for a special welcome from the staff, a tour of the campus, and various activities with their Panther Pride leaders. Orientation will end at 3:50 pm.

Panther Pride Welcome

Over the summer, freshmen will receive a welcome call from a current junior or senior Panther Pride leader. If you do not receive a call by early August, please contact Nathan Hobbs (nathan.hobbs@bvsd.org) or Ailey Ruger (ailey.ruger@bvsd.org).  

The Panther Post

The Panther Post is Boulder High’s go-to place for information, announcements, and happenings at Boulder High. We email this newsletter to our students and families every Monday afternoon. Link to the May 24, 2021, Panther Post.

ADU

Please make sure parents/guardians complete your primary household's Annual Data Update (ADU) over the summer. The district emailed families about this in late April. If you need help accessing your parent portal, please contact theresa.vanzante@bvsd.org.

Update from Athletics Department Director Ryan Bishop

Welcome Class of 2025! Now is your time to make memories and do something special. We are excited to have you become a part of our athletic community along with our current solid student-athletes at BHS. Being a Panther Athlete is special and cannot be taken lightly, as hard work and drive will be needed to get the most out of your experience. You only get one chance at the high school experience—make the most of it. You will never regret being a part of a team, so take a chance and have an experience.  

  1. BHS Mountain Bike Team: If you are interested in joining the BHS Mountain Bike Team (BoulderHighMTB.org), please email boulderhighmtb@gmail.com ASAP. Registration for this team ended May 21 but is extended for incoming freshmen and new students.

  2. BHS Summer Strength & Agility Program: Any potential student-athletes who wish to participate in the summer Strength and Agility Program that the athletic program puts on should immediately contact Coach Bishop ryan.bishop@bvsd.org. This program starts June 1 and will run until the end of July. For specific information, please visit https://boh.bvsd.org/athletics/sports-conditioning.

  3. Communicate with Your Head Coach: Although we are not able to meet with you in person, many of our programs have started their off-seasons. It is important that you reach out to your program's coach (listed below) as soon as possible to introduce yourself and ask for upcoming events. They will keep you informed of any future potential meetings and workouts. 

Spirit Squads

Fall Sports

Winter Sports

Spring Sports

Please continue to look for communication from coaches or reach out to ryan.bishop@bvsd.org for upcoming camps and events. In addition, please visit our BHS Athletics Website. It contains tons of information about our programs. To view our extensive list of clubs, go to the BHS Clubs & Activities Website. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. —Ryan Bishop, Athletic Director, ryan.bishop@bvsd.org 


 

Senior Update from Principal Hill

Dear Boulder High School Seniors and Families,

Thank you for another great school year. Despite the many challenges we faced—and those we are still working through—your leadership and partnership have gotten us to the finish line. I can’t tell you how thrilled we are to be able to honor you all next week as we lead up to our commencement ceremony on Saturday morning, May 22. To ensure that everyone continues to be safe and can celebrate at the commencement ceremony, I ask that you read through the information provided and reach out if you have additional questions. 

Prom: Saturday, May 15, 7:00–11:00 pm at the Denver Aquarium

Prom is always an exciting night for our students and families. I want to take some time to encourage our seniors to have an incredible night, but in an alcohol- and drug-free way, and to adhere to all Covid guidelines. We want to ensure the memories created are positive ones that we can all look back on and smile.

By working together, I know that we can keep our students safe while providing a fun, memorable evening. On behalf of Boulder High, I would like to thank you in advance for your continued partnership and support. As always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me or any other administrator. 

Graduation: Saturday, May 22, 2021, 8:30 am at Recht Field

We look forward to celebrating the Class of 2021. Over the past few months, the Boulder Valley School District has been in continuous communication with our public health agencies regarding the commencement ceremonies. Our public health partners reviewed our plan to ensure that it aligns with the state’s Outdoor Event Guidance. Next week, we will send additional information concerning parking for graduation as well as other important details. Please note that participants (students, staff, and family members) will not be permitted to attend if they are ill, are quarantined, or have a probable or confirmed case of COVID-19. 

Senior Checkout

Starting Monday, May 17, seniors can pick up their orange Checkout Sheet from the treasurer. To receive your cap and gown on Thursday, May 20, you must complete your Checkout Sheet and have it stamped by the treasurer no later than 2:00 pm on Wednesday, May 19.

Senior Bulletin 

Please see the attached Senior Bulletin. Also, note that the Senior Sunrise is now on Thursday, May 20, at 5:30 am.

Again, next week watch for additional graduation information concerning parking, seating, and other details. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me or any other administrator with questions you may have. On behalf of the Boulder High School staff, we look forward to celebrating the class of 2021.

Sincerely,

James A. Hill, Ed.D

Principal 

BVSD Online Summer Registration Is Open

BVSD Online Summer School

Are you thinking about taking a BVSD Online summer school class? Go to the BVSD Online website for more information and to view the high school course offerings. 

Catch-Up Plan—FREE Summer Credit Recovery

If a student failed a course during the Pandemic (spring 2020–spring 2021), they may take a Credit Recovery or a full-semester academic core course to replace a failing grade or an NG/NC score for FREE through BVSD Online. For information on eligibility and registration, go to the BVSD Catch-Up Plan Website.

CDHE Portal Allows Undocumented College-Bound Colorado Seniors to Apply for State Financial Aid

The Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE) has partnered with Regent Education to deliver the Colorado Application for State Financial Aid (CASFA). CASFA is a safe, easy way to apply for state financial aid if you are a Colorado ASSET (Advancing Students for a Stronger Tomorrow) student. Non-U.S. citizen resident and non-resident students can use the CASFA to apply for institutional aid.

College Before Graduation: Summer & Fall Enrollment Is Open for Classes at CU & FRCC

If you are interested in taking a class at Front Range or CU Boulder in the summer or fall, check out the College Before Graduation website: College Before Graduation—Boulder Valley School District (bvsd.org). The deadline to submit paperwork is March 15 for summer classes and May 1 for fall classes. Please reach out to your counselor if you are interested.

Spring 2021 College Rep Visits Are Virtual

All college rep visits will be held virtually on Mondays. To join these meetings, go to your Naviance account. Click on "Colleges>Colleges Home>College Visits." Oftentimes, you will need to register in advance with the college to attend these meetings. You can use the link provided in the College Rep Visits Calendar to register for a visit and view all upcoming visits. Use the Search Calendar function to check for a specific school.

This is a great opportunity for admitted senior students to meet with an admissions rep from a school they've applied to. It's also a chance for juniors to start meeting with reps as they begin their college search.

View Boulder TEC's Virtual Open House

Take the Boulder TEC Virtual Tour! Click here

Taking classes at Boulder TEC can help you go further to achieve your goals after graduation. You will learn the highly specialized skills to help you land that dream job or get accepted to that dream college. There are classes to help EVERY student on any path enhance their skills.

What programs are offered at Boulder TEC?
Programs at Boulder TEC are centralized programs that require large spaces and unique resources which would be unfeasible to have at every high school in the district. 

  • Automotive Collision Repair
  • Automotive Service Technology
  • Biomedical Science
  • Construction Trades
  • Cosmetology - Esthetics, Hair Styling & Design, and Nail Technology
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Emergency Medical Response
  • Forensics Investigation & Criminology
  • Sports Medicine
  • Welding

Please be sure to visit Boulder TEC's website at bouldertec.org for the most up-to-date information.

College Admission in the Era of COVID-19 Presentation

College Admission in the Era of COVID-19 Presentation

Former dean of admission, Peter Van Buskirk, assesses the impact of the current health and economic crises on the college search and selection processes. This district presentation was given on October 26, 2020. Watch it now: College Admission in the Era of COVID-19 Presentation.

Alumni Transcript Requests