BFA Guidance Serves Students: From the Beginning to the End

Student Centered Learning- Engage students in creating personalized learning networks (help students to establish connection and communication among home, support block teacher, guidance and student in developing goals and learning plan)

Flexible Learning Environments- Ensure students take active role in shaping their learning (students determine their goals and path)

Leadership in Student Centered Learning Environment- Provide students with methods for learning beyond school walls (discussed in 5 year planning options that are out there and incorporated into plans)

BFA High School Counselors Dave Buckingham and Katherine McElroy have the pleasure of welcoming in new ninth graders on their first days and saying goodbye to seniors as they graduate. Both are important passages that bookend the high school experience.

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Incoming 9th graders Elizabeth McGuiness and Marissa Williams with Katherine McElroy

Last week, BFA welcomed 80 rising 9th graders from Fairfax, Georgia, Westford, and Fairfield at the first meeting of the BFA Class of 2019. During this day, students met their support block-teacher and peer group that will help them to explore and answer these important questions over the next four years: Who Am I?, Where Am I Going? & How Do I Get There?

The High School journey for BFA students actually starts in March as the Guidance Department sponsors High School Planning Night. Students and their parents learn of the many opportunities available at the high school. Students are then asked to think about their high school experience, not just the 9th grade, but as a four year endeavor and students are asked to develop a working academic plan of how they will get to their goal of graduation and their post-secondary dreams. This working document is used as a map by students, parents and faculty as a student navigates their high school academic choices.

Guidance Office tradition showing graduating seniors photos and their destinations for after graduation. Many thanks to Karen McNall and Lily Wilson for their work in organizing this map.

Guidance Office tradition showing graduating seniors photos and their destinations for after graduation. Many thanks to Karen McNall and Lily Wilson for their work in organizing this map.

At the same time 74 seniors begin their final week at BFA Fairfax, saying goodbye and preparing for graduation on Saturday, June 13th. School counselors have spent many hours with these students helping with them reach their post-secondary goals. From college and career searching to applications and financial aid, our students have finally decided their next steps in life. These students will be leaving to pursue further education, the workforce and military opportunities.

It is a rewarding and gratifying process to watch our students develop from curious freshmen to confident graduates!

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