• Branson High School Counseling Department

    The Branson High School Counseling Department has designed a comprehensive program addressing the academic, career and personal/social development of all students. The School Counselors are advocates who help students recognize their strengths and then assist them in designing specific plans of action to realize their full potential. In addition, the program monitors the school environment so that all students are respected and supported. 
    We provide information pertaining to college, university or training school and other advanced educational opportunities. The program is designed to help students understand what high school courses they need to complete to best prepare them for further work. The counselor can also provide information about the entrance requirements of many colleges and universities, as well as information about financial aid. 
  • Counselors

Toni Ewing

Senior Counselor/Scholarship Coordinator 
Phone: 417-334-6511 Ext: 5024



Brad Brown

Junior Counselor/A+ Coordinator/Vo-tech/Alt School 
Phone: 417-334-6511 Ext: 5022



Dixie Bailey

Sophomore Counselor/Dual Credit/NHS 
Phone: 417-334-6511 Ext: 5023



Sarah Loyd

Freshmen Counselor/SAIL 
Phone: 417-334-6511 Ext. 5021


  •  Summer Programs

  • Washington University in St. Louis offers a summer experience for sophomores and juniors.  One is the summer scholars program where students can enroll in two undergraduate courses while living on campus. The second is the summer institute. Students can explore careers and majors in medicine, writing, archaeology,engineering, research, leadership, and more. Applications available October 1st at http://summerexperiences.wustl.edu/scholars

    HOBY Advanced Leadership Academy - Upcoming Juniors & Seniors may attend.  Visit HOBY.org/advanced-leadership-academy for more information. 

    The University of Missouri - School of Medicine offers and exciting and informative summer experience for high school juniors interested in a career in medicine.  MU's High School Mini Medical School is a one-week program that gives students a preview of life as an MU medical student.  Applications will be available after January 1st and must be submitted by March 1, 2019.  Interested high school juniors can find more application information at https://medicine.missouri.edu/education/pre-med-outreach-programs/mini-medical-school


    The University of Missouri School of Medicine would like to extend an invitation to current sophomores and juniors to participate in the Mizzou MedPrep: Medical Explorations workshop. The workshop is a 2-week online course and one-day campus visit to either the MU’s School of Medicine (Columbia, MO) or the Springfield Clinical Campus (Springfield, MO). The students will explore careers in healthcare, enhance self-awareness through personality assessment, and connect with peers, students, staff and faculty in healthcare. Please encourage your students to APPLY online

    Online workshop: June 9 – June 24, 2019

    Columbia Campus visit: June 21, 2019


    MU Springfield Clinical Campus: June 24, 2019

     Fee: $60 – Financial Assistance Available

     For more information, contact Andrea Simmons (573) 884-6375, mizzoumedprep@health.missouri.edu or go to: https://medicine.missouri.edu/education/pre-med-outreach-programs/mizzou-medprep-explorations/medical-explorations

    Drury University Pre-College Summer Programs. Visit www.drury.edu/giftededucation for more information.

    MU Engineering High School Outreach - The University of Missouri College of Engineering annually hosts events intended to introduce or reinforce engineering as a creative and rewarding career option to high school students. Visit engineering.missouri.edu/k-12 for weekend and summer opportunities.


    The University of Missouri in Columbia will host the annual Trulaske Business Academy this year June 24-30.  The Trulaske Business Academy was established to serve as a pre-college summer program for minority students interested in business. The goal of this week-long residential program is to introduce students to the various disciplines and career opportunities within the business world while also experienceing life on a college campus. Rising 10th, 11th, and 12th grade minority students with at least a 3.0 GPA are elgibile to apply for the program. You may find more information and apply at https://business.missouri.edu/programs-andadmissions/undergraduate/admissions/trulaske-business-academy

    UMKC will be offering 3 pharmacy camps this summer.  Learn about the field of pharmacy, how to become a pharmacist, engage with current faculty and practicing pharmacists, do hands-on experiments in the lab, participate in social/networking activities with current students and experience what it's like to be a Pharm.D. student at UMKC. Dates are - June 1st, Columbia - June 15th, Springfield - June 29th, Kansas City. You can find more information here.

    University of Missouri (Columbia) Summer Cherng Global Leadership Academcy for high school students of all levels. Participants will be led through a series of activities, programs, workshops and projects that will enhance their leadership traits and skills while connecting them with a broad leadership network. July 15-24.  Cost is $400 and includes room, board, activities and materials.  Need-based scholarships are available. Deadline to apply is June 1.  Register here.

    Missouri AHEC Science and Health Camps are health exploration day camps for students entering 9-12th grades.  Learn about science in the medical field and various health careers, participate in hands-on experiments and lab activites. Lunch, snacks, and camp t-shirts are included in the cost.  Register here.

    Duke University Summer Session for High School Students challenges students academically by preparing them for college and engages them with a diverse group of peers, exposing them to different cultures and expanding future networks.  Interested students in grades 9-12 can learn more about the programs offered by visiting https://summersession.duke.edu/high-school-students  Applications open on December 3rd.


    The Cherng Global Leadership Academy (CGLA) is now accepting applications from high school students, of all levels, for its Summer 2019 Academy.

     The program runs from June 16 through June 25, 2019. Participants in this 10-day residential program will explore what it means for them personally to be a leader and will be led through a series of activities, programs, workshops, and projects that will enhance their leadership traits and build their skills, while connecting them into a broad leadership network across numerous fields—from business to government, agriculture to education. Hosted by the University of Missouri Honors College, the cost to attend the CGLA is just $400 and includes room, all meals, leadership activities, and study materials.

    Need-based scholarships are available for a limited number of participants.  For more information and to apply, interested students and parents should visit the following page: https://honors.missouri.edu/cherng-program-in-honors/cherng-global-leadership-academy/

     Apply today! Deadline for applications is May 15, 2019.

  • Upcoming Events



      Brainstorm Tutoring to Host Simulated ACT Test and Bootcamp at BHS

    Brainstorm Tutoring is offering a simulated test and bootcamp in time for the April 13th ACT.  The simulated test will be held at Branson High School on Saturday, March 23rd from 8:00am-12:00pm and the cost is $24.  Results will be provided within 48 hours of taking the test. There is an optional "add-on" 1 hour assessment overview with a tutor including a prescribed test prep focused 1 hour session, for $35. Get a free t-shirt when you prepay for this add-on before the SIM test.  Students can sign up and pay for the simulated test by calling (417) 986-4091 and speaking with Mesa Mitchell.  The bootcamp will be held on Saturday, March 30th from 8:00am-4:00pm at Branson High School.  Students will prepare for each section of the ACT and receive access to over 5 hours of ACT instruction in Grammar & Math from BrainStorm CEO, Scot Doty. Video links and access passwords will be sent after the camp. The cost is $69 (plus $20 for the ACT Super Guide).  There will be a $30 late registration fee if students sign up after March 27th.  Registration and payment can be done over the phone at the same phone number listed for the simulated test or at the table during lunch on March 27th.  Email any questions to mesa@stormthetest.com. 




    BHS Counselors will be hosting transition nights to help prepare students for the upcoming school year. Information regarding coursework, college visits, financial aid, NCAA Clearinghouse, ACT Testing, the A+ Program, and other pertinent topics will be discussed. Come with any questions you have regarding your child's future school year!


    Monday, March 18th: Sophomore Transition Night for Current Freshmen 6:00pm-7:00pm in the High School Main Commons Area


    Monday, March 25th: Junior Transition Night for Current Sophomores 6:00pm-7:00pm in the High School Main Commons Area


    Monday, April 1st: Senior Transition Night for Current Juniors 6:00pm-7:00pm in the High School Library



    The deadline to register for the April 13th ACT Test is Friday, March 8th. Students who would like to take this test need to visit www.act.org to register. Juniors and Seniors who qualify for free or reduced lunch may use up to two fee waivers to cover the cost of the ACT. Fee waiver forms are available in the counselor's office. See your counselor with any questions.


    Chad Cargill at MSU: On Thursday, March 28th from 9:30-12:30am, Missouri State University will be hosting Chad Cargill, a test prep guru who raised his ACT test score from a 19 to a 32. Chad will be sharing his tips and tricks with students to help them be successful on the ACT. Students can sign up for this school-sponsored field trip in the BHS Counselor's Office. The cost of the workshop is $30 per student (cash only please) and payment must be made at the time students sign up. Chad is a dynamic speaker and students walk away with a packet of information and tools to aid them in their ACT test preparation.
    Date Event
    3/18/19 Sophomore Transition Night for Current Freshmen in the Main Commons 6:00-7:00pm
    3/23/19 Brainstorm ACT Sim Test in Pirate Room 8:00am-12:00pm
    3/25/19 Junior Transition Night for Current Sophomores in Main Commons 6:00-7:00pm
    3/28/19 Chad Cargill ACT Preparation Workshop at MSU
    4/1/19 Senior Transition Night for Current Juniors in the HS Library 6:00-7:00pm


  • College Rep Visits 

    All College/Military Reps Will Be In The HS Commons During All Lunches When They Visit
     Not sure how to begin planning for college?  Check out the following link.  It's never too early to begin!