• News/Updates will be added as new information is received, check back often to see new information! 

    Last Updated January 24th


    Screencastify Videos

    Videos are able to be viewed if you go to Screencastify Videos on the School Counseling Page

    * Video on how to complete course selection in Aspen

    * Video on how to set up parent notifications in Aspen and check for published reports (Progress and Report Cards)


    Incoming Student Information

    No information at this time.


    Household/Family Resources

    Child & Family Services 

    Open Access - Screening and intake center

    Service Options: Screening & Intake Assessments, Family Partner, Mental Health & Substance Use Counseling, Group Services, Case Management & Care Coordination Services

    Telehealth options are available

    New Bedford: Referral Line 508-742-1611  Main Line: 508-996-8572

    Fuel Assistance Program

    The online application for Fuel Assistance is now open and can be found on the PACE website.  Fuel Assistance is part of a federal program that helps eligible individuals and families with heating costs during the winter months.
     
    For families residing in Dartmouth or New Bedford, you can learn more about the eligibility guidelines and find the application on the PACE website:  https://paceinfo.org/programs/fuel-assistance/
     
    For families residing in Westport,  you can learn more about the eligibility guidelines and find the application on the Citizen's for Citizen's website at http://cfcinc.org/programs/fuel-assistance-program/

    Free/Reduced Lunch Application

    Parents/ Guardians are encouraged to complete the free/reduced lunch application for their child. If your application is approved for free or reduced lunch, this could potentially qualify your child for additional fee waivers for ACT exams, SAT exams, Advanced Placement exams, College Application Fee waivers. To complete the Free/Reduced Lunch Application Click here!

    • The entire process will take 15-30 minutes, depending on the size of your household.
    • What you will need to provide during the application process:

      • The names and incomes of every member of your household
      • The school, grade, birthdate of every student in your household
      • Your social security number and electronic signature
      • (Optional) A valid email address or phone number for district communication about the status of the application.

    Dual Enrollment Updates

    None at this time


    College Updates

    Bristol Community College 

    On-site admissions day will be February 15th at Dartmouth High School! If you are interested in attending Bristol Community College, please speak with your guidance counselor who can set up an onsite admission appointment. Click to apply!

    Boston University

    Boston University has decided to remain test optional for students applying for admission through fall 2025 and spring 2026

    Here are some important facts for you to know:

    • This policy applies to all undergraduate schools and colleges at Boston University and all scholarship programs. 
    • Applicants will have the option to indicate whether they would like us to consider their standardized test scores when they apply.
    • International students will still be required to submit the TOEFL or IELTS test as the primary means for evaluating English-language proficiency.                                      

    While the admissions process at Boston University has always been holistic and decisions have never been based solely on one single factor, such as an SAT or ACT score, the move to test optional over the past two years has improved our process by adding considerable weight to the important qualities and characteristics that focus more on the academic and personal accomplishments of an applicant. Ultimately, our goal is to bring together students who are united by a common interest in learning, and whose varied life circumstances, interests, and talents contribute to the dynamic educational environment of the University.  

    The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) allows students to qualify for need-based financial aid, like grants, loans and work-study programs that help make college affordable and accessible.

    Students and families can take the following steps to prepare for filing the FAFSA, which opens Oct. 1:
    • Students should create a FAFSA account at https://studentaid.gov.
    • Students and families can begin gathering information from their most recent tax returns.

    College Fairs

    None at this time

     


    MEFA (Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority) Updates

    Financial Aid 101 webinars - Families can view webinar dates and times and register at Click to register. Webinars will be recorded and posted online for families who are unable to attend a live event.

    MEFA Events - free informative webinars and virtual community events on a range of topics. Click to view events!

    If your families aren’t yet signed up for MEFA emails, encourage them to do so. Our content is modified based on the ages of the children in the family, and contains key tips, news, and resources on all aspects of college planning. Parents won’t want to miss our timely and informative updates. Click link to register!


    Webinars

    ACT Webinar: What Every Student Should Know About Picking a Major or Career Path - Thursday, February 16th 7:00 PM Click to register!

    Join ACT and expert career coach Victor McGuire, Ph.D, as we start the New Year sharing all things every student should know about picking a career path!

    That’s right — we're giving your students free career coaching now so that they can find their best path to a fulfilling major and profession. We’ve asked a leading career expert to share his learnings and tips for teens trying to find their ideal career. Victor’s decades of experience — and own personal experiences — will help guide your students to have a better understanding of how to pick a major, shape your career, and find personal success. 


    Social/Emotional Support Information

    Balanced Learning Center (Fall River)

    Part of the mission at Balanced Learning Center is to make services accessible for everyone- which involves providing low-cost services and supports to our community. From our comprehensive LGBTQ+ support through our Joanie's Place program to our various social empowerment and play-based groups, we make sure there's a place for everyone. 

    Click to view webpage that list free groups!

    Dartmouth High School Social Workers - 508-961-2700 and ask to be connected to your child's social worker

    • Contact one of the social workers for social/emotional support for your child while in school
    • Help families with outside of school resources
    • Connect Dartmouth families with the Youth Advocate (if needed)

    Dartmouth Youth Advocate - Deloris Joseph  508-910-1851


    Military Service Branches Updates

    None at this time