BCCHS Counseling Center
Contact Your Counselor
School Counselors are available daily from 7:45am-3:30pm for Academic Needs, College Advising, and Emotional or Social Support
See Something, Say Something
Click the link above to confidentially report any concern or worry you may have about another student or member of our BCCHS community.
If you, or someone you know, are experiencing thoughts of suicide, please call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 for immediate, confidential help, or go to the nearest emergency room.
CRISIS TEXT LINE offers FREE 24/7 access to crisis counselors. To access this service, text MT to the number 741-741 and a crisis counselor will respond immediately to provide assistance.
Emergency Contact Numbers
BCCHS Principal Shel Hanser
BCCHS Assistant Principal Jim Hawbaker
ACT Test Update
OPI (Office of Public Instruction) shared with Billings Central Catholic High School that they voted to suspend the spring testing requirements, ACT with writing assessment. OPI and the Office of Commissioner of Higher Education are pleased to announce a free, voluntary ACT test opportunity on October 6, 2020. Mrs. Hogan and Mrs. Hirt will continue to communicate with OPI and update parents and students about the ACT assessment in October.
We are very excited that students will still be able to take the test once for free and in the comfort of BCCHS surroundings, but please understand October is a late testing date. For the college application process to begin in a timely manner, students will benefit from having an ACT exam complete and ready to report before school begins in the fall. We know that most students increase their score a second time; therefore, the October date will be useful for increase in scores opening more opportunity for merit aid and scholarships.
College Advising and AP Test Updates
Please update your college acceptances as they come through on SCOIR.
If you haven’t heard from a college yet, explore their website to see if they are delaying acceptance letters. Each college is different, and their websites have the best information.
If you don’t understand your award letter from a college, please call the financial aid department at that school.
Scholarships are still open. Click the link below for College Scholarships and take some time to apply. If you need a transcript or a signature please email Angela Hirt.
Letter from the AP Program
March 20, 2020
The health and safety of educators and students are the AP® Program’s highest priorities. As schools and communities navigate the challenges posed by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we’ll support AP students with free, optional remote learning and at-home AP testing. These options will give students the opportunity to earn the college credit and placement they’ve been working toward all year.
The AP Program will invest heavily in solutions that are designed to be as simple and lightweight as possible for both students and teachers—without creating additional burdens for school leaders during this time.
AP Exam Administration
Students remain eager to take AP Exams and have a chance to earn credit and placement. We surveyed 18,000 AP students and 91% indicated they want to complete this important step, urging us not to cancel this opportunity.
The AP Program will invest heavily over the next month in the following ways:
For the 2019-20 exam administration only, students can take a 45-minute online exam at home. Educator-led development committees are currently selecting the exam questions that will be administered.
Some students may want to take the exam sooner rather than later, while the content is still fresh. Other students may want more time to practice. For each AP subject, there will be two different testing dates.
AP curricula are locally developed and we defer to local decisions on how best to help students complete coursework. To be fair to all students, some of whom have lost more instructional time than others, the exam will only include topics and skills most AP teachers and students have already covered in class by early March.
Colleges support this solution and are committed to ensuring that AP students receive the credit they’ve worked this year to earn. For decades, colleges have accepted a shortened AP Exam for college credit when groups of students have experienced emergencies.
Students will be able to take these streamlined exams on any device they have access to—computer, tablet, or smartphone. Taking a photo of handwritten work will also be an option.
We recognize that the digital divide could prevent some low-income and rural students from participating. Working with partners, we’ll invest so these students have the tools and connectivity they need to review AP content online and take the exam. If your students need mobile tools or connectivity, you can reach us directly to let us know.
The exam questions are designed in ways that prevent cheating. We use a range of digital security tools and techniques, including plagiarism detection software, to protect the integrity of the exams. Scoring at-home work for an AP Exam isn’t new to the AP Program. For years the AP Program has received and scored at-home student work as part of the exams for the AP Computer Science Principles and AP Capstone™ courses.
We’ll continue to support students with free resources through exam day. And while we encourage students to wait until closer to the test date to decide, any student already registered for an exam can choose to cancel at no charge.
Information about the reduced scope of content that will be covered on each 2020 AP Exam is currently posted on AP Central®. The specific test dates and the free-response question types will all be posted by April 3. We’ll also unlock any relevant free-response questions in AP Classroom for digital use so students can access all practice questions of the type that will appear on the exam.
Daily Online Review AP Classes
Beginning on Wednesday, March 25, students and schools will have access to free, live AP review lessons, delivered by AP teachers from across the country. The lessons will focus on reviewing the skills and concepts from the first 75% of the course.
These mobile-friendly classes are:
Designed to be used alongside work that may be given by schools.
Recorded and will be available on-demand so teachers and students can access them any time.
Not dependent on current AP teachers continuing instruction. We know many AP teachers now face challenges that would make that impossible.
The schedule will be posted online today.
As we have additional information and resources, we’ll update this webpage and share updates by email, the online AP communities, and our social media channels.
We appreciate your partnership and all you’re doing on behalf of your students.
Advanced Placement Program