The Advisor Newsletter

Test Optional for 2023-2024

Counting individual and private colleges, the National Center for Fair and Open Testing (FairTest) said that over 1800 colleges and universities will not require the SAT or ACT for admissions this year.

College Decision Information

When seniors receive an admissions decision from a college or university, it is important that counselors are notified for a few reasons.

Featured College

A Featured College is a college that we choose to explore to highlight some features that make the college interesting or noteworthy. BHHS school counselors have visited this school within the last year. They may share trends and other rich information about this college or university. Our hope is to highlight some of the features that make this college or university the Featured College.

Teacher Recommendations

Soon it will be time for juniors to ask teachers to write letters of recommendation for the college application process. The counselors will discuss with juniors the process for asking for these recommendations. Students will want to consider the following before they ask a teacher.

Paws and Relax

The BHHS Guidance Department is excited to announce the return of Paws and Relax. Before the pandemic, Therapy Dogs of Rockland visited the BHHS community during lunch to offer comfort and well-being to students. We will once again be offering this opportunity to any high school student who wishes to participate.

Navigating The College Search For Students Who Learn Differently

Join us for a Guidance Discussion Group on March 7, 2023 at 9:00 AM. Ferne Bork, Assistant Director of Admissions and Training Coordinator for Landmark College, will share information via Zoom about "Navigating the College Search for Students Who Learn Differently." 

SAT/ACT Testing Accommodations FAQ’s

If you would like to begin the process to apply for testing accommodations through the College Board (SAT, PSAT and AP) and/or the ACT, please review the information below and contact Maria Mascaro, Coordinator of Special Testing at  or 914-273-9200, ext. 4963.  All BHHS students take a number of standardized tests each year and many are geared toward college admissions. For example, juniors take the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) in October. Juniors and seniors also may take the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and/or the American College Test (ACT) on other calendar dates.

The College List

Beginning the college search process is one of the most exciting times for a high school student. Students will develop a list of colleges with their counselor in junior year. Much thought and consideration is involved in the formulation of the college list. The counselor helps the student make decisions based on their interests, majors, competitiveness of the college, size, location and many other factors.