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School Counseling Department Staff
The easiest way to reach the Guidance Counselors regarding student schedules for the 2019-2020 school year is through email. For grades 7, 11, and 12, email Ray Doolittle at . For grades 8, 9, and 10, email Angi Bowser at . Send us your questions or requested schedule changes and we will get back in touch with you ASAP. Summer hours vary but we can usually make these changes relatively quickly. For minor elective changes, you can also contact Kathy Sobol, the Guidance Secretary, at .
Final report cards for the 2018-2019 school year are available online on the grade portals. Students and parents may also stop into the high school office for a printed copy of the report card.
There is a scam going on affecting seniors going on to college. Students will receive an email stating that they have been selected for a "work-study position" with their chosen university, usually mentioning a specific professor and/or department.

In some cases, they ask the student to reply with personal information. In at least one case, the "sender" tried to arrange an in-person meeting. All of these are scams, intended for who-knows-what.

Have your senior proceed VERY carefully with anything like this. Tell them to check with you (their parents) or me (in Guidance) before proceeding.
SAT Exams
SAT Exams
The SAT Exam will be offered three times throughout the 2018-19 school year. Check the Guidance Office for the specific dates the test will be given at Brookville Area High School. Some surrounding schools (e.g., Clarion and Punxsy) may offer tests on dates when Brookville does not. Visit their website to create an account and register for an exam. Please record our school code as 390465 so we get your scores and can submit them to colleges with your transcripts. Brookville's test site code is 39-160. WHEN YOU CREATE AN ACCOUNT, MAKE SURE THAT YOU NEVER LOSE YOUR LOGIN AND PASSWORD!!! It is virtually impossible to get it back from them, and you will not be allowed to create another account.
Free FAFSA Completion Night
Free FAFSA Completion Night

Call 849-8372 (ext. 2806) to register. (Leave a message if you get the recording.) Or email me at .

We anticipate offering a "Free FAFSA Completion Night" hosted by a PHEAA representative on November 6, 2018 at 6:00 in the High School Library. A financial aid expert from the state will be on-hand to help you file your student's financial aid paperwork for college. This is only for the families of SENIORS.

You ABSOLUTELY need to have your FSA ID prior to this meeting. Go to this site to obtain the ID: .

Families will also need to following information:
* Social Security Number;
* Driver's License Number;
* W-2 Forms;
* Records of untaxed income received;
* 2017 Federal Income Tax Return
* Current Bank Statement
The ACT Exam will be offered four times throughout the 2018-19 school year. Check with the Guidance Office to see about the specific dates at Brookville Area High School. Visit the website to create an account and register for the exams. Please record our school code as 390465 so we get your scores and can submit them to colleges with your transcripts. The test center code for Brookville is 197010. (Both the SAT and the ACT are accepted at virtually all colleges that require entrance exams. The biggest difference is that the ACT has a "science" section and the SAT does not.
There are several ways to earn very inexpensive college credits while you are still a student at Brookville Area High School. The most common way is through BAHS classes that will also give you Pitt-Bradford credits. Some student also chose to take "Dual Enrollment" courses through Clarion University. See Mr. Doolittle for details.
Following are the dates for this year's ACT and SAT testing AT BROOKVILLE. Other dates are available at other schools.

ACT testing dates are as follows:
October 27, 2018
December 8, 2018
February 9, 2019
April, 13, 2019

SAT testing dates are as follows:
November 3, 2018
December 1, 2018
March 9, 2019
May 4, 2019

All registration is done online. Visit for ACT registration or for SAT registration.
Let us know if you are struggling to hold on, or if you're going through a difficult time.
This is the time of year when SENIORS should be looking for scholarships. There are many scholarship applications that are available on the bulletin board directly across the hall from the Guidance Office.

Anticipated 2018-19 scholarships include the following -- possibly more to come!!!

* Shine the Light Scholarship (United Electric)
* Hermine Solt (Business Majors)
* Imagine America (for trade schools)
* PA House of Representatives Scholarship (
* Culinary/Dietetics/Food Services Scholarship
* "Suicide Prevention" Scholarship (Psychology/Human Services majors)
* EAGLES Club Scholarship
* First Commonwealth Bank (
* ADK Teaching/Education Scholarship
* Susan Ord Heverley Nursing Scholarship
* BAEA Scholarship
* Thomas W. Hetrick Memorial Scholarship
* Lion's Club Scholarship
The FAFSA for 2019-2020 college-bound students will be available starting October 1, 2018. Visit the website to start the process.

We suggest that you use the IRS "Data Retrieval Tool." It is the income information (W-2 Forms) from 2017 that you will need to have available.

THE FIRST STEP is always to set up a FSA ID account. Visit this link to start that process: . If you are attending a free FAFSA Completion Night, you will need to set up the FSA ID at least several days in advance to make sure that it is activated.

VERY IMPORTANT: Identity theft "phishing" scams are aggressively targeting FAFSA information, so be VERY careful about sharing personal information via email or over the phone. ONLY share your personal data while logged into the official FAFSA website, or if you call them on the telephone.

ALSO -- although FAFSA can now be filed through a mobile-friendly device (e.g., smartphones) I do not recommend that you use this option at this time. Financial aid experts say that they are still "working the kinks out."

Family Resources

over 2 years ago

Be sure to visit the U.S. Department of Education's new parent web page that provides resources aimed at parent and family engagement.  This new addition to the USDE's website is a valuable resource for those interested in learning more and getting involved in their child's education.

Below are books recommended by the Brookville Borough Police Department about school safety and security:

Giduck, J. (2005). Terror at Beslan, a Russian tragedy with lessons for America's schools. Archangel Group Inc.

Grossman, D., & DeGaetano, G. (1999). Stop teaching our kids to kill, a call to action against tv, movie & video game violence. New York: Crown.

Dorn, M., & Dorn, C. (2005). Innocent targets when terrorism comes to school. Canada: Safe Havens International, Inc.

The website Raise Me gives students the chance to self-report various achievements that will earn them money toward many local colleges -- Clarion, Pitt, PSU, Gannon, Westminster, W&J, and many more. Check out the RaiseMe website to set up your own profile!
If you (or someone you care about) is thinking about hurting yourself -- or hurting someone else -- DON'T.

Call 1- 800-341-5040 for help!
Free FAFSA Completion Nights (PSU-DuBois)
Free FAFSA Completion Nights (PSU-DuBois)
Financial Aid experts will be on hand to help families complete their FAFSA applications. The free "completion nights" will be held at PSU-DuBois. The first one is on November 2nd at 5:30 in the Swift Building, Room 204. The second one is on November 8th at 5:30 in the Smeal Building, Room 149. PLEASE NOTE: You will need to have your FSA ID Number from FAFSA before coming to the Financial Aid Night.


about 1 year ago

Preparing for college can be a scary endeavor for some students and families.  On this page, I am going to try to give you some guidelines that will help you stay on track in getting ready for the future.  IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE that if you "missed" any of these steps, it is never too late to backtrack and catch up.  This is only a suggestion guide that may help the process be a little easier.  

PLEASE NOTE:  While this page is primarily geared toward the college application process, I am not the kind of Guidance Counselor who feels that "college is right for everyone."  In fact, statistics that we are seeing indicate that 50% of students who start college end up dropping out, and 50% of those who actually finish college do not find jobs in their intended field.  While additional education after high school is very important to finding good employment, trade schools and technical schools are excellent ways to achieve this training.

9th GRADE & 10th GRADE:

These years are primarily about career exploration and taking the "core classes" and electives that will set students up for the future.  This means taking challenging classes that will prepare you for the rigors of college.  These classes are also the "building blocks" that will help students be able to move on to AP classes, Dual Enrollment classes, or college-in-the high school classes that are offered through BAHS in future years.

Extracurricular activities and community service activities teach students "time management" skills, help bolster their resumes and college applications, and also set students up to be much stronger candidates in terms of scholarship applications.

11th GRADE:

Students should plan to take the SAT or ACT Exam at least once during their junior year.  Classes should still be geared toward the most challenging schedule that the student can take.  A "job shadow" can be arranged to help students refine their career search.  Students should also continue exploring various colleges, universities, majors, and professional fields.  Later in the junior year, and during the summer between junior and senior years, students and families should start visiting various college campuses to get a "feel" for the campuses where the student can envision him/herself attending.

11th grade is a prime year for students to consider "dual enrollment" classes or "college-in-the-high-school" classes.  These are opportunities to accumulate college credits at a significantly less expensive rate than after high school.

12th GRADE:

This is the big year, and often students and families get overwhelmed by everything that they face.  Hang in there... it's temporary... and many, many people go through this process.   Make sure that the SAT or ACT has been taken.  Refine the college search and narrow down the options of schools and majors.  Ideally, the application process will begin early in the senior year, but kids apply all year long. Remember to notify the Guidance Office to request transcripts when you apply.  In OCTOBER, the FAFSA becomes available.  FAFSA is the biggest and best financial aid resource available to families, and opens the door to potential grants and loans through the Federal and State government.  Some national and regional scholarships become available early in the senior year, but most local scholarships don't get advertised until Spring of the senior year.


These are some random thoughts for the entire process... 1.)  Students hoping to play sports in college need to be aware of very specific course requirements mandated by the NCAA.  2.)  There are frequent visits from college admission representatives to the BAHS Guidance Department. Students should take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about specific colleges and programs.  3.)  FEE WAIVERS are available for the SAT Exam and ACT Exam for students who participate in the free/reduced lunch program.  4.)  Some colleges will waive the application fee (usually $25-$50) if the student is involved with the free/reduced lunch program and a Guidance Counselor writes a letter to the Admissions Office.  5.)  There are usually Free FAFSA Completion Nights at some of the local colleges (PSU-DuBois and Clarion).  College financial aid experts will help families get their online application completed correctly.  6.)  While the Guidance Counselor will help families throughout this process, it is very important for families to utilize the various college admissions offices and financial aid offices for more expert advice/opinions.  7.)  Prior to filing the FAFSA -- or going to one of the "Free FAFSA Completion Nights" -- you will need to get a FSA ID Number from the FAFSA website.  This will have to be done at least several days prior to a financial aid night.  You cannot show up without the ID number and expect to have your FAFSA completed.

By Ray Doolittle

Call 1-888-UNDER21 (that is, 1-888-863-3721) to report underage drinking, or to report ADULTS who are supplying alcohol to minors. Callers can remain anonymous.
Get set up on Fastweb for scholarship notifications. You can decide which ones to apply for and which ones to disregard.

Starting NOW, come up with some good "community service" involvement that will really be moving to people who read these scholarship essays. This should be more than "Honor Society" litter clean-up, or something that sounds the same as every other essay.

A lot of the local community organizations that decide on these scholarships are just a group of men or women sitting around a table reading essays and asking themselves, "Who do we feel good about giving our money to?" They want an individual who represents them in a positive way AND someone who they feel good about the community service work they have done.

The local essays don't need to be particularly fancy or have really big (awkward) words -- just be emotionally moving and to the point. It IS very important to have excellent grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, etc.