Welcome to the Counseling Department
Welcome to the Belleville High School Counseling Department! All students have access to counseling services.
The vision of counseling in the district is to produce graduates who are career and college ready, know how to make positive choices and manifest the desire to impact their community and the world in a positive way.
The mission of counselors in the Van Buren Public School District is to provide academic, social, and emotional support to students as they grow and develop into lifelong learners.
A student’s right to privacy and confidentiality is the basis for an effective counseling relationship. Confidentiality ensures that school counselors won’t share students’ disclosures with others except when the student authorizes it or when there is a clear and present danger to the student and/or to other persons.
As counseling with a student progresses, it may become beneficial or necessary for the school counselor to consult and collaborate with parents and or other school staff. The parent, student, or the professional school counselor may initiate the collaboration process. It’s the school counselor’s responsibility to reach an agreement with the student about what information to share with parents or other school staff, unless, of course, there is a clear and imminent danger to the student or others.
Counselors' Corner Google Classroom Join Codes
Class of 2021 (Seniors) - uoar6sj
Class of 2022 (Juniors) - noio5cn
Class of 2023 (Sophomores) - pfcml6r
Class of 2024 (Freshman) - br7k6wf
AP EXAM INFORMATION 2020-21
Taking the Advanced Placement exams is an important part of all AP courses. Belleville High School desires that all students take AP exams for the AP classes that they have taken. Scoring well on an AP exam can often earn students college credit for their high school class, saving a significant amount on tuition.
For the 2021 AP exams, students at Belleville High School will be registering online. Online Exam registration will begin on Mon, Sep 14, 2020 at 7:00 AM and end on Fri, Mar 12, 2021 at 11:59 PM. The AP exam registration process is two steps, but both can be completed in one sitting when the student and parent/guardian do this together. Even if you do not plan to take the AP exam, you need to complete both steps to access the College Board’s AP resources. Both steps must be completed in order to have AP exams ordered:
Step 1: Begin the process by registering at www.TotalRegistration.net/AP/230265. Here you will indicate both the AP courses you are taking this year and the exams you wish to take. You will receive your join codes and directions to complete the second required step. Any exam fees will be paid online so be sure to have a debit card or credit card available before beginning registration. Paying online is a great way to make sure that payment has been made while avoiding mailing payment.
Step 2: Use the join codes provided at the completion of step one to enroll the student's AP courses and exams in the College Board's system.
This year each AP exam costs $100.00. Belleville High School desires that every student be able to take their AP exams. Students requiring financial assistance should contact Mr Jake Sweets, email@example.com, in the Counseling Office to learn more.
Here are the important dates for the registration process:
- Mon, Sep 14, 2020 at 7:00 AM - Registration Begins
- Fri, Nov 13, 2020 at 11:59 PM - Registrations and payments after this date will incur a $40 late fee per exam.
- Fri, Mar 12, 2021 at 11:59 PM - Registration Ends
- Mon, Nov 16, 2020 - Registrations that have not been paid for will be cancelled and exams will not be ordered.
- Thu, Nov 12, 2020 - Last day to cancel an exam and receive a full refund.
Please contact Mr Jake Sweets, firstname.lastname@example.org , if you would like to register for an exam not listed or have any questions.
How do I see my counselor?
If you need to see your counselor, all you have to do is get a pass from your teacher during a time that is convenient for both you and the teacher. Additionally, counselors are available in the hallways during passing time and in the Commons at lunch.
Quick questions can be answered via email or by phone. The number to the Main Office is 734-697-9133, and you can ask for your counselor. Individual email addresses are listed below:
Who are the Counselors?
- Hannah Sabol, Counselor for the last names A-Ga: email@example.com
- Ben Kellum, Counselor for the last names Gb-Mi: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Kelli Robinson-Quick, Counselor for the last names Mj-Vi: email@example.com
- Jake Sweets, Counselor for the Belleville New Tech and Vj-Z: firstname.lastname@example.org
What is the fax number?
Our fax number is (734) 697-6523.
A Note to Parents
The counselors would like to remind parents and students that we are here to advocate for the students and their needs. We would like to encourage parents to:
- Contact the individual teachers first with concerns about assignments, grades or student progress.
- Ask teachers for specific feedback and to offer specific recommendations/suggestions for improving academic achievement in their classes.
- Contact counselors if grade concerns are not resolved.
- Seek additional help from teachers before or after school…consult teachers to make appointments
- Contact counselors if/when questions arise.
How to Best Help Your Student Succeed in High School:
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How to Ask for Help:
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Career and College Planning Resources
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Contact your student's counselor for a copy of the student's individualized username and password.
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Welcome to Belleville High School! The counseling office will be staffed through Wednesday, June 29 for enrollment. The office will reopen for enrollment on Thursday, August 10. The necessary forms are below. The required identification and other important information can be found on the enrollment form. Have a great summer!
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Free Application for Federal Student Aid
Federal Student Aid PIN Site
"This Web site is your source of information for the Federal Student Aid PIN. Your PIN can be used each year to electronically apply for federal student aid and to access your Federal Student Aid records online."
Testing Out Information
If a student would like to attempt to test out of a course at Belleville High School, the following conditions apply:
- There are two test out dates each year: one in August and one in December. The date for 2019/2020 is December 12, 2019 at 2:30pm in the Mini-Auditorium.
- Please check http://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,4615,7-140-28753_64839_65510---,00.html to make yourself aware of curriculum and standards for each course.
- Sign up to test out with your counselor a minimum of two weeks prior to the test date.
- A student must receive a score of 78% or better to receive credit for the course.
- A student only receives ONE try for each subject.