Beltsville Academy Guidance Office 

    Ms. Julia Cant-Warrick: Grades PK - 5 Professional School Counselor 

    Ms. Diane Bryant: Grades 6 - 8 Professional School Counselor

    Ms. Roxanna Reynolds: Parent Engagement Assistant 

    Ms. Jocelyn Samuel:  In-School Suspension Monitor 


    Please contact your child’s counselor for office appointments at 301-572-0630


     Some Available Services in the Counseling office:

    • Individual Counseling - to help students confront and solve problems that interfere with academic, career, personal/social development; this is not therapeutic in nature (short-term basis only)
    • Small Group Counseling - for students to discuss shared issues with peers
    • Crisis Counseling - in the event of an emergency
    • Student and family referrals to outside counseling or community agencies as needed
    • Advocacy - student rights
    • Classroom Guidance - the school counselors push into classes and teach courses to all students about Character Education. Class discussions and activities pertain to traits such as manners, respect, responsibility, cooperation, etc.
    • ILP - Individual Learning Plan for all students to help explore academic and career goals.


    Important Links   Career Exploration 
    Service Learning Hours 

    SLH Verification

    Science and Tech Testing

    Work Permit Fact Sheet

    Work Permit

    Daily Progress Report

    A website listing links to websites on career exploration for
    various career fields.

    Career Planning: A website for parents of teens and pre-teens giving advice
    on helping your child begin career exploration. 




    Study Skills


    Eight Study Secrets of Great Students
    1. Set Goals - Goals help to focus on the future.
     Goals need to be specific.
     Write down your goals and post them where you can
     see them.
    2. Plan Your Time - Use a calendar to keep track of all your
     activities, including when you have homework and large
     projects due. If you have conflicts, school comes
    3. Study Every Day - Take time out to review assignments, even when
     you have no homework.
    4. Take Notes in Class - Teachers almost always tell you what's
     likely to be on the test. So if you take notes, you'll
     know what to study.
    5. Review Your Notes Shortly After Class - A quick review will help
     move the information from short-term memory into
     long-term memory.
    6. Make Sure You Have the Tools You Need - Bring your supplies to
     class with you, including paper, pencil or pen, and
     your book.
    7. Check the Details - Proofread your work before you turn it in. On
     a report, include visual aides. Check math
     assignments for accuracy.
    8. Get Ready the Night Before - Have a place in your house to keep
     your school stuff. Before you go to bed, check to make
     sure you have everything ready to walk out the door
     the next morning. Checking ahead will make you less
     rushed in the morning.



    This page contains answers to common questions of students and parents.

     How do I update my home information?

    To update home information, come to the guidance office and
    complete a new blue registration form. While completing the
    registration form, provide us with a copy of your lease, deed, or
    settlement papers.


    How do I verify that I've done Service Learning hours?

    Come to guidance and pick up a Service Learning Verification
    form. Have your supervisor and parent sign the form. Return the
    form to the guidance office. Note: The verification form has
    changed and students must use the new form to document their
    service learning as of January 1, 2008.


    Where can I do my service learning hours?

    Service Learning hours may be completed in any non-profit agency
    on the approved county list. Exceptions to the non-profit rule
    are licensed daycare facilities, nursing homes, and hospitals.
    Approved sites can be found by going to


    How old must I be to get a work permit, and where do I get one?

    You must be 14 years old to get a work permit. One may be
    obtained from the guidance office once you have been selected for
    employment. Students must see their counselor to get verification of
    their work permit.


    What information do I need to enroll my child at Beltsville Academy?

    If you are coming from a County school, you will need your
    withdrawal paperwork from the previous school and proof of
    residence, such as your lease, deed, or settlement papers.
    If you are coming from out of county you will need the withdrawal
    paperwork from the previous school, your lease, deed or settlement
    papers, your child's birth certificate which includes the
    parent's name, and up-to-date immunization records.


    How can I schedule a conference with my child's teachers?

    Call you child’s counselor at 301-572-0630 to schedule a conference with your child's teachers. Conferences are held once a week.


    How do I request make-up work when my child has been absent from school?

    Call the secretary in the Guidance office at 301-572-0630. Give
    your child's name, dates of the absence, and if you know
    them, the names of your child's teachers. There is a two day
    turn around when requesting work, as teachers need time to
    prepare the request.
    work is picked up in the guidance office.


    How can I see how my child is doing in class?

    Activate your account on the SchoolMax Parent Portal. The Parent
    Portal allows you to view your child's grades in the teachers'
    gradebooks, as well as attendance and discipline data. The Parent
    Portal is up to date and linked with the teacher's
    gradebook/attendance book. Click on Schoolmax Family Portal Training 
    located on the home page of this website for instructions.


    College Prep



    College Preparation in Middle School


    Why Middle School Actually Does Matter For College Admissions

    Although your middle school grades and activities won't appear on your college application, you can use seventh and eighth grades to set yourself up to have the strongest record possible in high school. This list outlines some possible strategies.

    1. Work on Good Study Habits

    Middle school grades don't matter for college admissions, so this is a low-risk time to work on good time-management and study skills. Think about it -- if you don't learn how to be a good student until your junior year, you'll be haunted by those freshman and sophomore grades when you apply to college.


    2. Explore Several Extracurricular Activities

    When you apply to college, you should be able to demonstrate depth and leadership in one or two extracurricular areas. Use middle school to figure out what you most enjoy –- is it music, drama, government, church, juggling, business, athletics? By figuring out your true passions in middle school, you can better focus on developing leadership skills and expertise in high school.


    3. Read a Lot

    This advice is important for 7th through 12th grades. The more you read, the stronger your verbal, writing and critical thinking abilities will be. Reading beyond your homework will help you do well in high school, on the ACT and SAT, and in college. Whether you’re reading Harry Potter or Moby Dick, you’ll be improving your vocabulary, training your ear to recognize strong language, and introducing yourself to new ideas.


    4. Work on Foreign Language Skills

    Most competitive colleges want to see strength in a foreign language. The earlier you build those skills, the better. Also, the more years of a language you take, the better.


    5. Take Challenging Courses

    If you have options such as a math track that will eventually end in calculus, choose the ambitious route. When senior year rolls around, you will want to have taken the most challenging courses available at your school. The tracking for those courses often begins in middle school (or earlier). Position yourself so that you can take full advantage of whatever AP courses and upper-level math, science, and language courses your school offers.


    6. Get Up to Speed

    If you find that your skills in an area such as math or science aren't what they should be, middle school is a wise time to seek out extra help and tutoring. If you can improve your academic strengths in middle school, you'll be positioned to earn better grades when it really begins to matter -- in 9th grade.


    7. Explore and Enjoy

    Always keep in mind that your middle school record doesn't appear on your college application. You shouldn't stress about college in 7th or 8th grade. Your parents shouldn't stress about college either. This is not the time to be calling the admissions office at Yale. Instead, use these years to explore new things, discover what subjects and activities really excite you, and figure out any bad study habits you may have developed.