Guidance & Supports

Guidance Philosophy:

Braintree High School offers a developmental guidance curriculum encompassing responsive services that enhance the academic, career, personal, and social growth of all students. Counseling services foster independent decision-making skills and a positive self-image for all students to fulfill their future potentials.

Guidance Department:

Counseling services are available to all students and parents to help in educational, vocational and personal decisions. Each high school student is assigned to the same counselor for four years. Personal conferences, along with small group meetings, are scheduled yearly with each student to discuss student interests, abilities, course selections, educational and vocational opportunities, and personal or social concerns.

A student should feel free to talk with his or her counselor at any time.Parents are also urged to consult with their child's counselor. Individual conferences may be scheduled with a student and his or her parents to develop specific plans for the future.

College and employment representatives are scheduled to visit Braintree High School throughout the year to speak with students. The counseling department tries to assist every student in every way possible throughout their high school years.

SAT / ACT / TOEFL Preparation

Collegeboard website to sign up for SAT exams: www.collegeboard.com

Sign up for ACT test, use practice tests online: www.act.org

If English is your second language, you may need to take the TOEFL. See requirements of colleges you are applying to. To sign up for the TOEFL: www.ets.org

Revolution Prep offers a course afternoons at Braintree High, usually in March. Price is between $399-$599. For more information: www.revolutionprep.com

Braintree High Adult Ed also offers a 5 week course to prepare more for the SAT. Seewww.braintreeadulted.com

Princeton Review Test Prep courses; online courses starting at $399: www.princetonreview.com

Kaplan Test Prep courses: www.kaptest.com/sat (starting at $399 for 5 session online)

Financial Aid / Scholarships

Please click here for the Financial Aid Presentation from October 25th, 2017

Naviance link: https://connection.naviance.com/family-connection/colleges/scholarship

Access to a free scholarship search, which takes a few minutes of entering your information:www.collegeanswer.com/scholarships

Access to Massachusetts Education Financing Authority (free assistance with college financing), FAFSA form, etc.:www.mefa.org

For help regarding financial aid and loans: www.salliemae.com

To get directly to the FAFSA form: www.fafsa.ed.gov

To access the CSS Profile required by some colleges for financial aid: https://student.collegeboard.org/css-financial-aid...

Free Scholarship Database, to register: www.fastweb.com

Free Scholarship Database through Chase Bank: www.brokescholar.com

Career Planning

Do a Career Inventory Test to find out your interests: www.myfuture.com/t2_ctoolbox.html

For Engineering careers: http://www.careercornerstone.org/

Job Search Materials (click "For Residents" then "Job Training") http://www.mass.gov/

To look at job descriptions, salary figures, & future outlook of careers, use the Occupational Outlook Handbook: www.bls.gov/oco/

Massachusetts career database with colleges, job info. & assessment tools:http://www.masscis.intocareers.org/

Job Search Information: http://www.nextsteps.org/

College Search

 

The BHS Guidance Department recently hosted its annual College Admissions Seminar for junior parents.Click here for the PowerPoint presentation. Click here for the information sheet.

 

Please click here for the College Admissions Workshop for Seniors and Parents Presentation - September, 2017

 

Naviance link for BHS Students: http://connection.naviance.com/braintree

US News college search: www.usnews.com/usnews/edu/college/tools/search.php

To search colleges for Division 1, 2, or 3 Sports, and register as a student (to be recruited) go to the NCAA website: www.ncaa.org/wps/ncaa?ContentID=9

To apply to colleges via The Common Application: www.commonapp.org (see list of schools which are on The Common Application too)

For application and essay writing assistance through Collegeboard:www.collegeboard.com/student/apply/the-application/index.html

Eight Grade Parent Orientation

Please view the PowerPoint of the 8th Grade parent Orientation Program on March 1st. It contains valuable information including: a BHS profile, academic transition to BHS, the Program of Studies and the process for selecting courses.

Parent Orientation Presentation 3/1/18

Tonight's Topics

  • School Profile
  • Graduation Requirements
  • High School Testing Schedule
  • Selecting Classes & Levels
  • Academics & The Program of Studies
  • Typical Day for a 9th Grader
  • The Schedule
  • Expectations
  • Questions
  • BYOD Initiative

BHS Administrators

Interim Headmaster

  • Andrew Delery

Housemasters

  • Michael Larkin (Interim)
  • Nancy Moynihan
  • Matt Riordan

Directors/Coordinators

  • Guidance:
    Anthony Garofalo(x 7820)
  • Special Education:
    Jeffrey Rubin (x7620)
  • Alternative Education:
    Michael Bochman (x7621)
  • Technology & Accountability:
    Rebecca Kidwell (x7815)
  • School Nurse Coordinator:
    Laurie Melchionda(x7840)

Curriculum Directors

  • Mathematics:
    Courtney Miller (x7845)
  • English:
    Rock Roberts ( x7856)
  • Science:
    Betsey Clifford (x7805)
  • Social Studies:
    Dr. Gorman Lee (x7835)
  • World Languages:
    Gail Ward(x7850)
  • Fine Arts:
    Heidi Hurley (x7830)
  • Music:
    Rachel Hallenbeck (x7825)
  • Health and Wellness:
    Melonie Bennett (x7800)

BHS Profile

  • Enrollment: 1670
  • Current Freshmen Class: 428
  • Average Class Size: 22-23
  • # of AP Courses Offered: 21
  • # of Clubs/Activities: 40
  • # of Athletic Teams: 76

Profile of Class of 2017

On June 3, 2017 BHS Graduated 384 Students

Attending

Number

Percent

  • Four Year Colleges

306

79.7%

  • Associate Degree Schools

44

11.5%

  • Non–Degree (beauty, trade, etc.)

13

3.4%

Total Higher Education

363

94.6%

     
  • Employment

20

5.2%

  • Military Service

1

0.2%

 

Graduation Requirements

  • English: 20 credits or passing the equivalent of 4 year-long courses
  • Mathematics: 20 credits or passing the equivalent of 4 year-long courses including the completion of Algebra II
  • Science: 15 credits or passing the equivalent of 3 year-long lab-based courses
  • Social Studies: 15 credits or passing the equivalent of 3 year-long courses
    Must include successful completion of US Government, World History and US History courses
  • World Languages: 10 credits or passing the equivalent of 2 year-long courses in the same language
  • Creative/Appl. Arts: 5 credits or passing the equivalent of 1 year-long course
  • Physical Education: 8 credits or passing the equivalent of 4 year-long Physical Education courses (PE courses meet 2 days per cycle)
  • Electives: 22 additional credits through the selection of electives

 

  • All students must carry a minimum of 5 major courses each semester plus Physical Education.
  • Minimum amount of credits that must be earned for a Braintree High School diploma: 115
  • Promotion Requirements: Students must earn a minimum of the credits listed below:
    • Sophomore 25
    • Junior 55
    • Senior 85
  • State Competency Determination: MCAS Next Generation

High School Testing Schedule

Grade 9: 2018-19

  • Science MCAS
    • Biology or Physics in June

Grade 11: 2020-21

  • PSAT- October
  • SAT/ACT-Spring
  • AP Exams-May (If Applicable)

Grade 10: 2019-20

  • PSAT- October
  • MCAS Next Generation,
    ELA & Math in Spring

Grade 12: 2021-22

  • SAT/ACT-Fall
  • AP Exams-May (If Applicable)

Selecting Classes

  • Students receive a Program of Studies
  • Teachers make recommendations for level placement
  • Course selection sheets mailed home
  • Parents discuss choices with students
  • Students select elective(s) if applicable
  • Students return course selection sheets to counselors

Level of Instruction/Sequencing

  • Level 1 - student w/ superior mastery= Advanced Honors/Advanced Placement
  • Level 2 - student w/ high mastery = Honors
  • Level 3 - student w/ solid mastery = College Preparatory
  • Level 4 - student in need of further skill development

AP Program

  • 21 different courses at BHS
  • ‘College-level’ courses taught in high schools
    • Opportunity to expose student to more rigorous work
    • Rigor and demands exceed level 1
  • 35% of Class 2017 took at least 1 exam
  • Opportunity to receive college credit
    • Determined by score on national AP exam (score range 1-5)
    • …..but DO NOT do it for that reason
  • Mostly junior and senior years
  • Students can advance from Honors level to take AP’s

English

8th Grade

Freshmen

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Adv. English 8

Writing Workshop

Advanced Hon. English 9

Advanced Hon. English 10

AP Language (Starting in 18-19)

AP Literature (Starting in 19-20

Adv./Prof. Eng. 8

Writing Workshop

Honors English 9

Honors English 10

Honors Writing & Literature

Hon. Creative Writing & Literature

Hon. Literature & Identity

Prof. English 8

Writing Workshop

College Prep English 9

CP English 10

CP Writing & Literature

CP Creative Writing & Literature

CP Literature & Identity

Prof. English 8 w/ Connections

Writing Workshop

English 9

English 10

Writing & Literature

 

Reading 8

Intro to TV & Video

Intro to TV & Video Broadcast Journalism 1, 2

Intro to TV & Video Broadcast Journalism 1, 2 & 3

Intro to Television & Video Broadcast Journalism 1, 2 ,3,4,5

Social Studies

8th Grade

Freshmen

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

U.S. History Discovery to 1877

World History & U.S. Government (FY)

Modern World History (FY)

AP European History (By Recommendation only)

AP U.S. History (FY)

Elective:

  • History Capstone

Advanced Placement (FY):

  • AP U.S. History
  • AP European History
  • AP Human Geography
  • AP U.S. Government & Politics
  • AP Psychology
  • History Capstone

U.S. History Discovery to 1877

World History & U.S. Government (FY)

Modern World History (FY)

Elective:

  • U.S. Government
  • Global Issues
  • Public Speaking I

U.S. History Since 1877 (FY)

Electives:

  • U.S Government
  • Economics
  • Cont. Global Issues
  • History of U.S.
  • Sports
  • Public Speaking I

Electives:

  • Economics
  • Intro. to Contemporary Law
  • Contemp. Global Issues
  • Psychology Sociology
  • U.S. Government
  • History of Sports in the U.S.
  • Public Speaking I & II
  • History of Braintree
  • Soul of a Nation

 

U.S. History Discovery to 1877

World History & U.S. Government (FY)

Modern World History (FY)

U.S. History Since 1877(FY)

(FY) – Full-year course

Science

Freshmen

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Biology Advanced Honors (310)

Chemistry Advanced Honors (311) or

AP Chemistry (316)

AP Physics 1 (312)

AP Biology (314)

AP Chemistry (316)

AP Environmental Science (317)

AP Physics 2 (315)

Biology Honors (320)

Chemistry Honors (322)

Physics Honors (323)

Anatomy & Physiology Honors (324)

Astronomy & Astrophysics Honors (325)

Forensic Science Honors (327)

Engineering Honors (326)

Introductory Physics CP (330)

Biology CP (331)

Chemistry CP (332)

Anatomy & Physiology CP (335)

Astronomy & Astrophysics CP (333)

Forensic Science CP (337)

Engineering CP (339)

Physics (340)

Biology (341)

Chemistry (342)

 

 

Mathematics

8th Grade

Freshmen

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Advanced Cluster: Grade 8 Common Core Math

Geometry Adv. Honors (410)

Geometry Honors (420)

Algebra 1&2 Adv. Honors (411)

Algebra 1&2 Honors (421)

Alg 2/PreCalc Adv. Honors (412)

Alg 2/PreCalc Honors (422)

AP Calculus BC (413)

AP Calculus AB (414)

AP Statistics (415)

Calculus Honors (423

Statistics Honors (424)

Proficient Cluster: Grade 8 Common Core Math

Geometry College Prep (430)

Geometry (431)

Algebra 1 College Prep (432)

Algebra 1 (433)

Algebra 2 College Prep (434)

Algebra 2 (435)

PreCalc College Prep (436)

Statistics College Prep (438)

Electives

Exp. CompSci.(427)

Exp. CompSci.(427)

AP/H CompSci Principles (417/426)

AP CompSci A (416)

Student Tech (428)

Exp. CompSci.(427)

AP/H CompSci Principles (417/426)

AP CompSci A (416)

AP Statistics (415)

Student Tech (428)

Exp. CompSci.(427)

AP/H CompSci Principles (417/426)

AP CompSci A (416)

Math Tutor (464)

Student Tech (428)

World Languages

Freshmen

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

French I
Level 2
Level 3

French II
Level 1
Level 2
Level 3

French III
Level 1
Level 2
Level 3

French IV
Level 1
Level 2

French II
Level 1
Level 2
Level 3

French III
Level 1
Level 2
Level 3

French IV
Level 1/pre-AP
Level 2

French V
AP French
Level 2

Spanish I
Level 2
Level 3
Level 4

Spanish II
Level 1
Level 2
Level 3
Level 4

Spanish III
Level 1
Level 2
Level 3

Spanish IV
Level 1
Level 2

Spanish II
Level 1
Level 2

Spanish III
Level 1
Level 2
Level 3

Spanish IV
Level 1/pre-AP
Level 2

Spanish V
AP Spanish
Level 2

Fine Arts

8th Grade

Freshmen

Sophomore, Junior, Senior

8th Grade Art

Freshman Foundations

Design 1

Media 1

Fine Arts 1

3D 1

Studio

Design 1, 2 & 3

Media 1, 2 & 3

Fine Arts 1, 2, & 3

3D 1, 2, & 3

Studio

Portfolio

AP Studio Art

Music

8th Grade

Freshmen

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

8th Grade Chorus

Chorus

Chorus

Concert Choir

Chorus

Concert Choir

Chorus

Concert Choir

8th Grade Band

Concert Band

Wind Ensemble

Concert Band

Wind Ensemble

Concert Band

Wind Ensemble

Concert Band

Wind Ensemble

8th Grade Orchestra

Orchestra

Chamber Orchestra

Orchestra

Chamber Orchestra

Orchestra

Chamber Orchestra

Orchestra

Chamber Orchestra

 

 

 

 

AP Music Theory

 

 

Music Technology 1

Music Technology 2

Electronic Piano 1

Electronic Piano 2

Music Technology 1

Music Technology 2

Electronic Piano 1

Electronic Piano 2

Music Technology 1

Music Technology 2

Electronic Piano 1

Electronic Piano 2

Health & Wellness

Freshmen

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

 

 

Early Childhood Education: Preschool Lab I

Early Childhood Education: Preschool Lab I & Preschool Lab II

Health Education 2 days/cycle

Human Development and Parenting

Contemporary Health Issues

Human Development and Parenting

Contemporary Health Issues

Nutrition and Fitness

Human Development and Parenting

Contemporary Health Issues

Nutrition and Fitness

Physical Education

Freshmen

Sophomore

Junior, Senior

Term 1

Fitness Testing
Orienteering
Lacrosse

Term 1

Tennis
Flag Football
Field Sports

Term 1

Team Sports (Flag Football/Street Hockey)
Self Defense
Fitness Planning
Tennis

Term 2

Fitness Center
Volleyball
Snow Shoeing/Weather Pending

Term 2

Yoga
Floor Hockey
Team Handball

Term 2

AHA CPR/AED Certification
Table Tennis
Team Sports (Team HB/Volleyball)
Yoga

Term 3

Badminton
Co-Operative Games
Floor Hockey

Term 3

Badminton II
Fitness Center
Snow Shoeing/Weather Pending

Term 3

AHA CPR/AED Certification
Badminton
Team Sport (Basketball/Floor Hockey)
Fitness/Show Shoeing/Weather Pending
Cooperative Games

Term 4

Tennis
Ultimate Frisbee

Term 4

Speedmiton
Archery
Golf

Term 4

Fitness Walking
Archery
Golf
Team Sport (Ultimate Frisbee/Lacrosse)
Leisure Games

Business Education

Freshmen

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Intro to Occupations

Accounting I (Level 2)

Personal and Business Law (Level 2 & 3)

Introduction to College Business (Level 2 & 3)

Introduction to Occupations (Level 3)

Sports & Entertainment Marketing (Level 2)

Accounting I (Level 2)

Advanced Accounting (Level 2)

Personal and Business Law (Level 2 & 3)

Introduction to College Business (Level 2 & 3)

Introduction to Occupations (Level 3)

Personal Finance & Business (Level 2)

Sports & Entertainment Marketing (Level 2)

Sports & Entertainment Marketing II (Level 2)

Accounting I (Level 2)

Advanced Accounting (Level 2)

Personal and Business Law (Level 2 & 3)

Introduction to College Business (Level 2 & 3)

Introduction to Occupations (Level 3)

Personal Finance & Business (Level 2)

Sports & Entertainment Marketing (Level 2)

Sports & Entertainment Marketing II (Level 2)

Typical 9th Grade Schedule

  • English
  • Math
  • Science
  • World Language
  • Social Studies
  • Physical Ed./Health/Science Lab
  • Elective or Study Hall

Freshmen Electives Include:

  • Art
  • Music
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • TV/Video

2016-2017 Schedule

Time

Day A

Day G

Day F

Day E

Day D

Day C

Day B

 

Homeroom Day

7:35-7:45

Homeroom

10 Minutes

7:35-8:34

Period 1

59 min

A

G

F

E

D

C

B

 

7:49-8:43

Period 1

54 min

8:38-9:35

Period 2

57 min

B

A

G

F

E

D

C

 

8:47-9:41

Period 2

54 min

9:39-10:36

Period 3

57 min

C

B

A

G

F

E

D

 

9:44-10:40

Period 3

54 min

10:40-12:05

Period 4

56/57 min class

28/29 min lunch

 

1st lunch

10:40-11:08

 

2nd lunch

11:08-11:36

 

3rd lunch

11:36-12:05

D

C

B

A

G

F

E

 

10:44-12:05

Period 4

56/57 min class

28/29 min lunch

 

1st lunch

10:44-11:12

 

2nd lunch

11:12-11:40

 

3rd lunch

11:40-12:09

12:09-1:05

Period 5

56 min

E

D

C

B

A

G

F

 

12:13-1:07

Period 5

54 min

1:09-2:05

Period 6

56 min

F

E

D

C

B

A

G

 

1:11-2:05

Period 6

54 min

 

Expectations

  • Homework should be completed as assigned (Homework can be counted between 5-15 % of your term grade)
  • Agenda book for assignments
  • Students need to take responsibility for any missing work
  • Students need to become more independent and manage their time well
  • Every test, homework assignment, and project counts!
  • Teachers expect students to know when they need extra help and to ask for it

Questions

Class of 2022 BYOD Initiative

Who?

  • All students in Class of 2021 & 2022
  • Families purchase devices to be used for all four years
  • Teachers of 9th and 10th graders have been trained to utilize technology (range of expertise)
  • Braintree Public Schools recently invested $2 million in wireless infrastructure for all schools through a Digital Connections grant and matching town support

What?

  • All 9th and 10th grade students are expected to have a device, meeting technology specifications provided, on a daily basis in school
  • The school is suggesting Chromebooks, as they have been reliable, effective, and relatively inexpensive
  • Families that cannot afford or choose not to purchase a device will be able to borrow one from the school for the year
  • Students will be using the devices throughout the year in most classes, but not necessarily every day during every class
  • For families without wireless, students can access our wireless network before and after school hours

Why?

  • Digital Natives embrace technology and its potential
  • Wireless grant has provided the infrastructure to make this possible
  • Personalized learning
  • Real world application of skills and knowledge they will need in college and the workforce
  • Enhanced collaboration among students and with teachers
  • Price point of devices such as Chromebooks more affordable

How?

  • Teachers have been using Chromebooks in classes and have received extensive PD around utilizing technology
  • Google Classroom is the Learning Management System that BHS will utilize, and most teachers already have a Google Classroom page
  • Emphasis will be placed on collaboration, authentic data and application, personalized learning, and understanding sources in an internet environment
  • Technology will enhance, not replace, instruction and will be utilized at the teachers’ discretion

Questions?

  • There will be sessions in mid-late August for students to come in and setup their device on the school network for the first time

Military Options

Information for Juniors

Please click here for upcoming guidance programs for juniors.

Community Resources

Work Permit

These community resources are neither endorsed by Braintree High School nor serve as a comprehensive list; but rather suggestions for further research:

Braintree High School Guidance Staff

Counselors:

  • Director, Anthony Garofalo x 7820
  • Cynthia Gonsalves x 7036
  • Carrie Kulick-Clark x 7037
  • Marsha Roos x 7038
  • Meghan Thomas, x 7039
  • Jennifer Troy x 7034

School Psychologist: Dr. Mary Ford-Clark x 7635

Secretary: Margaret McDonald x 7019

Registrar: Susan Archdeacon x 7014


Braintree High School Guidance & Counseling Department
128 Town Street
Braintree, MA 02184
Phone: (781) 848-4000 x 7019
FAX: (781) 848-7799