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Sophomores and Juniors: Interested in attending Career and Technical Education – Boulder (CTE Boulder):

CTE Boulder programs are available to all BVSD high school students as elective credits in career and technical educational areas. In small classes, students follow a sequence of courses that provide hands-on technical skills and academic knowledge needed to prepare for an immediate career and/or further education. CTE is a state- certified Designated Area Vocational School and offers many state-approved vocational secondary programs. Certifications in CTE programs may be earned after course completions ranging from one semester to two years. CTE students with transcripted certifications are eligible to apply for articulation credit at Front Range Community College.


Counselors will be in LA classrooms at the end of February to talk with students about course selection for the 2019-2020 school year. Students will receive course request forms at this time.  If a student is absent when we are in LA classes, they should go to the counseling office to pick up their forms. On February 16th, students will speak with each of their core academic teachers during class to discuss placement for next year.  Students should go on to IC and input their course selection choices. Counselors return to classroom to check course input in early March.


SENIORS: Many colleges have upcoming application deadlines in January – Plan Ahead!


College reps from colleges all over the country (and beyond) come to the Monarch High School Post Grad Center to meet prospective students. Be sure to check out the upcoming college visits on Naviance. Students must sign up through Naviance in order to have their absence excused.

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

FAFSA went live on October 1st and seniors/parents NEED to submit it as soon as possible for consideration for many financial aid opportunities as well as many scholarships.

REMEMBER: You must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) if you want to apply for federal and state financial aid for college. Many colleges and universities, especially public institutions, also require the FAFSA. Complete your FAFSA through www.fafsa.ed.gov/  (this is the official FREE application through the government).

SAT Colorado State Test

Remember, ALL JUNIORS in the state of Colorado will take the SAT on April 10th.  This test is free and students DO NOT register online. These test results will be posted on a student’s transcript.  Information about prep classes can be found on the counseling department’s website, in the counseling office, and online through Community Connections (A Student Resource Guide) HERE.  Information about pre-registration will be provided at a later date.


Reminder, ALL SOPHOMORES in the state of Colorado will take the PSAT 10 in April. This test is free and students DO NOT register online.  Information about pre-registration will be provided at a later time.


Reminder, ALL FRESHMAN in the state of Colorado will take the PSAT 9 in April. This test is free and students DO NOT register online.  Information about pre-registration will be provided at a later time.


Sophomore Class Students and Parents: It’s time to start thinking about planning for college.  Keep an eye out for information about Sophomore College Planning Night. Topics covered during this night event will include:
– College Planning Timeline
– Making the Most of College Fairs
– Review of Naviance and how to use it for College Search and Planning
– And more!


There will be two gap year fairs in January that students should attend if they are interested in the possibility of taking a Gap Year.  USA Gap Fairs for the Denver and Boulder Gap Year Fairs to be held on February 28 and March 2, 2019, respectively. The February 28th fair will be held at New Vista Charter School from 6:00pm-8:30pm.  More information can be found HERE.


BVSD Online Spring 2018 Course Registration is now open:
Full Course Registration open through January 10th
Courses run January 14th through April 29th
Credit Recovery Session 1 Registration open through January 25th
Courses run January 28th through March 11th
No late registration accepted.  Students can register for Session 2 if needing CR after this date.
Credit Recovery Session 2 Registration open through March 13th
Courses run March 18th through April 29th.
No late registration accepted.
Only students that have previously taken the course and earned a F or a D are eligible to take credit recovery courses. Credit recovery courses are open for 4 weeks (no extensions).


Last names beginning A–E: Tom Hacker, thomas.hacker@bvsd.org, 720-561-4207
Last names beginning F–K: Ben Holloway,  ben.holloway@bvsd.org, 720-561-4204
Last names beginning L–Rn: Jo Harpring, jo.harpring@bvsd.org, 720-561-4210
Last names beginning Ro–Z: Jill Benisch, jill.benisch@bvsd.org, 720-561-4203

Please be sure to check out the MHS counseling website HERE.

Ben Holloway, NCC
Counselor (F-K)
Monarch High School