Counseling Office

School Counselor Newsletter

Counselor Confidentiality Statement

Information students share with the Counselor is confidential. The student's right to privacy is guarded as much as permitted by law, ethics, and school rules.  All meetings held with the Counselor will remain confidential unless the student or parent gives permission to share information with related parties.  As Professional School Counselors, we respect the rights of confidentiality of personal information disclosed during the course of conversation between ourselves and students, except in the following cases: 

  • If the student presents  danger to him or herself.

  • If the student presents danger to others.

  • If the student has been abused by others, and/or if required to do so by court order.

  • If the student gives permission for the information to be shared.

As mandated reporters, we are bound by Federal and State law to break confidentiality in the situations mentioned above and will do so to protect our students and to remain legally and ethically true to our profession.  The Professional School Counselor may consult with other school professionals but will only share information necessary to achieve the goals of the consultation.

Important Announcements


Events for Fall 2022:

Mr. Jacob Harlan, a representative for the Illinois Central College District, will be at BHS to offer assistance to parents and students regarding FAFSA applications, financial aid, college applications, scholarships, and anything college/vocational school related.  
September 15th, 6-7:30pm: FAFSA Aid Presentation Night
October 3rd, 6-7:30pm: FAFSA Aid Workshop
Bi-weekly Office Hours: TBD (Mr. Harlan will be available to students at BHS to answer any questions)


PSAT/NMSQT Exam - October 12, 2022

This exam is taken to obtain specific scholarships including the National Merit Scholarship. It is a voluntary exam only optional to sophomore and junior students, however, only juniors are eligible to obtain the scholarships.
The exam will cost a fee of $18. 
Please use the SignUpGenius link to sign your student up for the exam (link also posted on BHS Facebook): 

Events for Spring 2023:
*Events and dates will be added when scheduled.


Parent and Student Resources

Illinois State Board of Education


Preparing for College


College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. 

Edmentum Blog - Preparing Your Child for College: 5 Critical Soft Skills for College Readiness
National PTA - PTA's mission is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.
College Essay Guy - Preparing for College


SAT Vocabulary Word List – the 100 most important words you must know

SAT Free Practice Tests


FAFSA Information

Illinois FAFSA Mandate - High School Graduation Requirement

Where to apply for Financial Aid -



Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid:

FAFSA Non-Participation Form -- English:

FAFSA Non-Participation Form -- Spanish:

Parent/Guardian Counseling Assessment:


Obtaining a work permit for minors - Illinois Department of Labor 



College Planning Guide for Students with Mental Health Disorders

Mental Health: Winter Break 2022/2023