BSHS Counseling

  • Please visit our webpages often for information about college and career preparation, BSHS registration, scholarships, colleges, and more. 


    It is that time of year ... AP EXAM REGISTRATION!

    The AP registration process for this year has changed considerably, as your AP teachers have been conveying in classes already. 

    First, registration is in OCTOBER. Additionally, there are TWO websites to register for the exams, Total Registration and College Board.  In order for students to have an exam ordered and also process payment for the exams ordered, you must register on BOTH sites.  You are only paying once, of course, but registering in two locations.  

    Detailed instructions are available at the BSHS Counseling AP Exams page, attached in an email to AP students through Total Registration (if you took an exam last year), and with your AP teacher.  

    NOTE: Registration for exams is in OCTOBER.  There are fines from College Board for students who register late or cancel after exams are orderd.  

    This is a new process for everyone in our county.  We appreciate your patience as we make our way through this the first year together.  


    Information for Seniors

    It's time for college bound seniors to start applying to college, if they haven't already begun. Each Academy school counselor will be giving some overall information to get all the seniors started on their college applications and following that with individual meetings with the seniors over the next several weeks.  

    Some helpful information:

    • Senior Fall Presentation  
    • College Information for Seniors booklet -- summary of key tasks for college planning, includes timeline for Rising Seniors and Seniors 
    • Gary Martin College Fair, September 30, 5:30-7:30pm, Heritage Hall, Lexington.  Free Event!
    • College Week September 30 - October 2
    • FAFSA Night October 7, details will be sent in email through Parent Portal


    AP Exam Scores

    College Board will begin releasing AP Exam scores beginning July 5.  These scores are rolled out in stages.  Kentucky is typically the 2nd or 3rd day of the release window.  You will need your AP number to access your account and scores.  That number was in your student pack (the little book) students were instructed to take home with them after their final exam.  

    No Pass/ No Drive
    For your drivers permit verification, visit the registrar's office, room 301, before/ after school at least two days BEFORE your permit test.  In order to be eligible, students must have less than 9 unexcused absences and be passing at least 3/4 of classes in the PRIOR semester.  Visit the website for a copy of the drivers manual. Over the summer, you can request that verification through the front office. 


    Order Credentials from Parchment 

    Transcripts for current students and graduates 2008 through present should be requested through Parchment at the link above or go to Transcripts for graduates requesting prior to 2008 are $5 and should be requested at the BSHS Registrar's office, 859-381-3306. We cannot FAX any transcripts.

    To request a transcript:

    • Go to Log into your Parchment account. 
      • If you haven’t logged in before, you need to create a "new learner account". You will need access to the email you use to create the account to complete the activation of the new account. 
    • When you have logged in, click the Order button.  Select your destination by searching for the name of the organization where you are requesting the transcript be sent. 
      • If you don’t see the Order button, then you need to add BSHS to your account. To do this, click +Add another school or organization you attended. When completing this step, be sure the "graduation/leave" year is the year you graduate from/leave HIGH SCHOOL.  
    • You'll land on the Order Details page. To wait until your next grades are in before sending your transcript, select Hold for Grades from the drop-down menu. The only reason for this is when you request before the end of the school year and need a final transcript. Otherwise, you can "send now". 
    • To send your transcript to another destination, click + Add Another Destination.
    • Your total charges appear on the right side, and include any shipping fees. This will remain free for students until the end of July of the year you graduate. 
    • Click Save & Continue.
    • Continue following directions until you can click Checkout.
    • For more detailed instructions, go to Transcripts requested after August 1 of the year you graduate will be charged a fee.  

    Colleges and universities requesting students send transcripts always prefer the official and digital copy, like these provided by Parchment. Most will not recieve transcripts as official if they are delivered or emailed from the student.   Recent graduates who do not provide final transcript after graduation will often not be allowed to register for classes until the final official transcript is submitted. 

    Some mistakes have been made when creating accounts that will prevent Parchment from matching the transcript requests.  
    The following are the most common mistakes and will delay release of transcript:

    • Using a nickname instead of the name on the transcript (same as on your birth certificate).
    • Misspelled student names
    • Using graduation leave date from college instead of high school 
    • Incorrect date of birth
    • Parents completing the requests and using parent's information like birth year instead of the student's info.

    If you have requested a transcript via Parchment, the transcript will be delivered electronically.  Senior need to request a final transcript through Parchment during May/June.



    College Rep Visits

    Each fall is the big travel season for college representatives.  They travel all over their region talking to students about their college or university.  This is a great time for juniors to start narrowing their options, choosing the top 5 or so schools they like best, and for seniors to make their final selections and make intentional connection with the college reps. 

    Seniors and Juniors should visit the link and order a ticket.  You will need to create a free account and the tickets are free.  While you can avoid creating an account, having the account streamlines your ordering for future college visits that aren't on the calendar yet. 

    A few things to remember: 

    • This is for students only.  
    • Juniors can get bumped if a senior needs a ticket. 
    • Sign up only for the meetings you plan to attend. If you schedule one and then find out you have a test, cancel your ticket. 
    • Sign up only for the ones you are serious about getting information. 
    • We do check attendance and there will be no announcements. Students who don't arrive on time risk being counted absent.  

    The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is used to apply for federal, state and college-based financial aid.  FAFSA now opens October 1st.  Awards are income-based, so appying early does not guarantee you will get an award.  However, applying late could mean the money has been distributed before you apply. Apply early.

    Make sure you have active email accounts for both the student and at least one parent of dependent students.  Visit to set up your Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) for the student AND at least one parent of a dependent student.  Using your most recent tax information, set up your FAFSA account at  

    Set by step tips are listed on this FAFSA Checklist from the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA). 

    For more information on the FAFSA and helpful links about financial aid in general, visit our Financial Aid page



    ACT 2019 - 2020 testing dates

    Test Date Registration Deadline (Late Fee Required)
    September 14, 2019 August 16, 2019 August 17-30, 2019
    October 26, 2019 September 20, 2019 September 21-October 4, 2019
    December 14, 2019 November 8, 2019 November 9-22, 2019
    February 8, 2020 January 10, 2020 January 11-17, 2020
    April 4, 2020 February 28, 2020 February 29-March 13, 2020
    June 13, 2020 May 8, 2020 May 9-22, 2020
    July 18, 2020* June 19, 2020 June 20-26, 2020


    Registering for the ACT

    It's more than just signing up for a test. The information you provide is used to make recommendations for majors and careers. Here's what you'll need:

    • About 45 minutes to complete the registration process
    • A credit/debit card or fee waiver 
    • A laptop or desktop computer is preferred
    • Up to four colleges and universities to send your score reports for free during registration (additional score reports can be purchsed later)
    • Your photo to upload during registration or later

     Visit Students on free/reduced lunch program can request a fee waiver on the form.  Your school counselor will contact you with information. 

    For more information on what you need to register and suggestions for test day, please visit our ACT Info Page