Belleville West Counseling Department

Colleges & Careers

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Get prepared with the skills and knowledge you need to confidently make after high school decisions. Visit the BTHS 201 College & Careers Webpage to navigate grade level tips and tricks to help you get ready for the real world!

College Reps Schedule

Colleges from near and far come to Belleville West to visit with prospective students. Students – if you see a college you wish to meet with, please come to C109 to sign up and get a pass!

Click below to find out when College Reps are visiting BW or hosting events close by!

College Athletics

Reach out to college coaches with an Athletic Resume!

Click the button below for all the Tips & Tricks!

Need to send your transcript to a coach? 

Click the button below to learn how!

Academic Requirements:

Visit the links below to learn more about the various collegiate athletic programs:

ISAC – Illinois Student
Assistance Commission

Your ISAC Rep can assist students and families with:

    • FAFSA Completion

    • College Applications

    • Scholarship/College Searching

    • Personal Statements

    • Scholarship Essays

    • and More

We’d like to introduce our ISAC Rep

Jack Langen

ISAC Southwest Illinois College District

Letter of Recommendation Request

It is common for admissions applications and scholarship applications to require a letter of recommendation, some may require up to THREE letters! Here’s the scoop on how to acquire those letters!

Click the button below. “Make a copy” in your google drive and relabel it appropriately. When you are finished filling it out, use the SHARE button to share with the person you would like to write you a letter.
Be sure to check with the person to make sure they received your document and ask them if they would be willing to write your letter
Letters can come from school, community or church

Pick the person that knows you BEST

Allow that person 2 weeks to complete the letter

It’s always nice to write a brief note of thanks to your recommender!

How to Send Your Transcript

BTHS 201 has partnered with Parchment to send your official transcript quickly and securely to outside institutions.

SAT scores from the school-wide testing day in April will be included on transcripts unless you notify the registrar that you opt out of including test scores on your transcript. Other test scores from National SAT and ACT test dates may not automatically be included. Students should review their transcript to determine if all needed test scores are included prior to sending transcripts. If you determine that a score is not on your transcript and you would like it to be,  please stop by the counselors’ office and we will see if we can assist you.

Transcript requests are free during your senior year. On August 1st, following graduation, there will be a fee of $5.00 associated with sending your transcripts.

All orders are processed during normal school business hours.  |  Third party requests must also be made through the Parchment system.

If you have questions regarding your transcript, please contact the BW Registrar, Ms. Sarah Schraufnagel at 618.222.7676
or through email at

Senior Planning

BW School Counselors visit Senior English classes during the last week of September. Each student receives a personalized hard copy of the senior planning guide as well as a presentation about all the things to know and do during the Senior Year!

    Mark Your Calendars for Upcoming Events

    College Application Workshops

    Every Thursday in October – ALL Lunch Hours
    School Counseling Conference Room C109 Seniors ONLY

    College Planning Event

    Wednesday October 5th  |  6:00 – 8:30PM
    Mini College Fair  |  Sessions on Financial Aid  |  Essay Writing & Scholarships

    FAFSA Workshop

    Complete the FAFSA to apply for Federal Financial Aid

    October 18th  |  6PM – 8PM
    Belleville West Library  |  Walk-Ins Welcome!

    Please Bring:

      • 2022 tax returns (for parents/guardians & students)
      • If you did not file 2022 taxes, please bring your W2
      • Your FSA ID, which can be created at