Freshman Class

  • Welcome Freshman! 

    Through Freshman seminars and frequent student/counselor engagement, the 9th-grade Guidance Counselor is instrumental in the transition process for 8th graders entering high school. This process begins with a counselor meeting with each 8th-grade student and family in the winter of 8th grade to review high school courses and graduation requirements. An overview of the courses a student will take throughout high school is discussed, as are student expectations and general high school procedures.

    Our Freshman seminars is a key component of the freshman counseling program. Both the 9th-grade counselor and the school social worker meet in small groups throughout the school year. Students learn about school procedures regarding course changes, progress reports, academic honor roll, and extracurricular activities. Discussions include topics such as adjustments to high school and typical problems of a freshman, as well as sensitive issues such as plagiarism and relationships. Drug and alcohol use are also addressed. In addition, social/emotional skill development has become part of our DBT group guidance program.

    Freshman are also introduced to Skills Training for Emotional Problem Solving for Adolescents (DBT STEPS A) to help them manage their manage and regulate their emotions.

    Get Organized: Develop a Detailed Standardized Testing PlanCreate a high school plan

    Take challenging classes

    • You should take at least five solid academic classes every semester. These usually include classes in English (Language Arts), Math, Science, Social Studies, World Language, and the Arts. Challenge yourself by taking the most rigorous courses you can manage.
    • Read and write as much as you can

      Go beyond your reading and writing assignments in school. Reading books and magazines, keeping a journal or blogging can help you improve your writing skills, reading comprehension and vocabulary.

    • Select an activity or sport in which you can participate
      Find a passion or area of interest apart from academic classes.



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