BHS Freshmen


    Counselors Presentation

    Incoming freshmen will begin their transition process to Bismarck High School during the winter of their 8th grade year.

    • January 25, 2021 at 5:00 & 6:00pm in the Auditorium - There will be a Incoming Freshman Open House for parents/ students. This is an opportunity to get information about the registration process; learn about high school course offerings; get advice about preparing for college. If you missed this night, attached is the information that was discussed Incoming Freshman Presentation
    • Jan/Feb of students' 8th grade year:BHS counselors will assist students in registering for their upcoming high-school courses
    • May of students' 8th grade year: students are invited into BHS for a welcome celebration and tour of the school.
    • In August  - Freshmen and parents/guardians are invited to Freshman Open House. Get acquanted with Bismarck High School.
      • Highlights: an overview of the complete school year, learn about school events and programs, find their lockers and classrooms, receive their schedule (they will not be mailed). 
      • You will also be able to pay for: Student Planners ($5), Parking Permits ($5), Student Athletic Passes ($30), Sports Fees ($50) and you can put Lunch money into their accounts.



    At BHS, all freshmen will have a 20-minute advisory time attached to their lunch. Most days of the week students (groups of 12-15 students) will meet in classroom with their assigned advisor. Other days may meet as a large group in the gym. Topics that may be covered during advisory time include but are not limited to:

    • Test Taking Tips/ Study Skills
    • High School Requirements/ Opportunities
    • Bullying/ Harassment
    • Healthy Relationships
    • High School Course Opportunities
    • Job Search/ Application Process/ Resume Building
    • Service Learning

    Starting 2nd Quarter, students with all A's, B's, and C's in their classes, will be able to earn the following open-campus times:
    2nd Quarter-- Open campus Tuesdays.
    3rd Quarter-- Open campus Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
    4th Quarter-- Open campus Tuesday-Friday.


    ASPIRE Test - Taken during the months of October, January and April(summative)

    • Includes academic tests in English, Math, Reading, Science and Writing
    • Identifies academic strengths and weaknesses
    • Gives students an early indication of their readiness for college-level work
    • As a "pre-ACT" test, the ASPIRE is a good predictor of students' performance on the ACT

    MAP Test - Taken September and April 

    • Includes academic tests in Reading and Math
    • Identifies academic growth as well as areas of strengths and weaknesses

    Freshmen Guide