Bridgeport High School Counseling Department
As the School Counselor at Bridgeport High School, my job is to direct my students in planning for what lies beyond their high school days. During the course of the students high school experience I will be meeting with them to discuss their goals and help to guide them in developing their plans. If I can be of any help please don't hesitate to contact me at 1-740-635-0853 ext. 1070 GO BULLDOGS!
High School Graduation Requirements
Courses and Credits
4 credits of English 3 credits of Social Studies
4 credits of Math (including Alg II) 3 credits of Science
1/2 credit of Health 1/2 credit of Physical Education
1 credit of Information Tech
1 credit of Fine Arts
Students must also meet one of the following three:
1. Earn a cumulative passing score (18 minimum) on seven end-of-course exams. Students will be required to participate in the following end-of- course exams during their high school years:
*Algebra I, Geometry, Biology, American History, American Government, English 9 and English 10
Students earn a cumulative passing score of 18 points, using the above seven end-of-course state tests. Students must earn a minimum of four (4) points in math, four (4) points in English and six (6) points across science and social studies.
2. Earn a "remediation free" score on a nationally recognized college admission exam. The state of Ohio will pay for all 11th grade students to take the exam free of charge.
3. Earn a State Board of Education-approved, industry-recognized credential or a state-issued license for practice in a career and achieve a score that demonstrates workforce readiness and employability on a job skills assessment.
College Credit Plus
Any student in grades 7-12,who meets the qualifications may take college credits while still in middle or high school. Students would be able to complete credits towards a high school diploma as well as a college degree. If it is your intention to have your child participate you MUST submit a Letter of Intent to Participate form to the district by April 1 of the school year.
Ohio University Eastern will be holding information nights on February 6 and February 22 at 6 p.m. in their theater. If you would like your child to participate in CCP they MUST attend one of these nights. Please RSVP by calling 740-699-2536 or go to ohio.edu/eastern and click on the College Credit Plus Information Night button. You only need to register for one of the two Information Nights. Please contact Mrs. Falcone in the high school if you have any more questions. The district handbook for CCP can be found on the right side of this page.
CCP courses can include ANY college that the child meets eligibility requirements including Belmont College. If you contact Mrs. Falcone she can provide further information on other college options besides OUE.
College Application Process
At this time, seniors should begin applying to colleges. As a general rule, applications should be completed by December 1st to be considered for any merit scholarships from the college. If there is a counselor information page, students must bring it to the Counseling Office for the School Counselor to complete. The Counseling Office will handle all of the mailing of transcripts/ACT scores.
Bridgeport High School seniors who would like to visit a college campus during the school day must make arrangements through the school counselor at least 3 days in advance. After the visit is arranged, students must turn in a College Visit Request to the office. Seniors are permitted 3 college visits per year and juniors are permitted 1 visit per year.
Qualifying for College Admission
A college preparatory curriculum should include the following courses for admission
English: 4 Credits
Math: 4 Credits (Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II) Pre-Calc or Above Algebra II
Science: 4 Credits including science with a lab
Social Studies: 3 Credits
Foreign Language: 2 or more Credits
Fine Arts: 1 credit
Computer Tech: 1 or more Credits
ACT/SAT: At least once by spring of junior year. Always take the writing portion of the ACT at least once.
All students are encouraged to exceed the minimum number of college preparatory credits required for admission. Students who choose a rigorous high school curriculum will more likely be successful in college.
ACT Test Given at Bridgeport High School
All juniors in the State of Ohio will take the ACT test at the high school in the spring. This is an official test and there is no charge for the student. The test offered at the school is for juniors only.
ACT also schedules national test dates for students to take the test. The dates can be found on their website. There is a link on the right side of this page you can use to register. The school code for Bridgeport High School is 360-590. Be sure to include this so your test results will be sent to us. Also, if you qualify for free/reduced lunch you are eligible to take the test twice for free. You MUST have picture ID to take the test and print out your ticket with your pic on it. If you need any help go see Mrs. Falcone! Stop in the Counseling Office for more information.
If your student is planning to participate in NCAA Division I or II athletics, he/she will have to register with the NCAA Clearinghouse at www.ncaaclearinghouse.net. A transcript and ACT scores will be sent to the NCAA Clearinghouse at the time the student registers. A final transcript will be sent in June.
If this is your first child going to college the financial aid process can be a little daunting! The Counseling office provides opportunities for you to get help in filling this out. The FAFSA is completed online and includes information that is taken from your income tax forms. Starting with the graduating class of 2017 the FAFSA will now be available October 1st. Students and their families should try to complete this process by Thanksgiving day.
WARNING! NEVER, EVER PAY FOR SOMEONE TO SUBMIT YOUR FAFSA. THIS IS A PROCESS THAT IS FREE and be careful when you are searching the website. If you enter the wrong one you may be directed to a scam site!
What if College Isn't for your Child?
As many of you already know, there are many job opportunities that do not require a four year college degree. There are many training programs within the Ohio Valley which can lead to good paying jobs and careers. The influx in the gas and oil industry in our area is an example of an industry that is frantically in need of a skilled workforce. Locally you can contact Project Best in Wheeling WV and they can provide you with information on local apprenticeship programs. They can be reached at 1-304-214-9800
Career and Job Resource
This site is provided by the state of Ohio and provides a variety of tools for children and adults alike. It is a "one-stop" site that provides tools including career assessments, college searches, resume building, test practice and available jobs to name a few.
Mrs. Falcone will be introducing this site to the students to provide them a resource for career planning. This site has many resources for anyone who is looking for a career change or a job.
Bridgeport High School often hosts students from other countries to complete a year of high school in the United States. If you would be interested in hosting an exchange student for next school year, please contact the School Counseling Office.