8th to 9th Grade Transition

Information is beginning to come in regarding the registration process for the 2022/2023 school year. 

Dates to be aware of:

  • November 22nd: Community Lab School lottery registration begins. For more details, please see the CLS page
  • December 1st - 11th: AHS Curriculum Fair window. To view, click here.
  • December 7th: Parent Portal/class registration opens. 
  • December 9th: Virtual family meeting for 8th grade families regarding transition to AHS @ 6:30 PM.
  • December 16th: Community Lab School Open House @ 2:00 PM
  • January 7th: Parent Portal/class registration closes. 
  • January 4th to February 11th: Individual family meetings to discuss 9th grade classes/transition to high school. 
  • January 18th: Community Lab School Open House @ 10:00 AM
  • February 4th: Students selected for Community Lab School notified
  • February 14th to March 11th: 8th grade teachers review student course selections and enter comments on ParentPortal.
  • March 1st: Possible AHS tour (TBD)
  • Late March: Summer School registration usually begins (applies to those interested in Summer health and PE).
  • April 30th: Last day for class changes.
  • June 12th: Denial of Credit letters due.

Information will be updated and posted here regarding the registration process for 2022/2023. Please check back regularly as new information will be added as it becomes available.

Sign up for a meeting with a LMS School Counselor:

Throughout the month of January and February, we will offer 30 minute meetings for all families to discuss their child's course selection and transition to high school. Please see the Sign-up Genius below (coming soon) for your child to meet with a school counselor. 

Mr. Guy: Student last names A - G
Ms. Carnohan: last name letter H
Ms. Lindsay: last names I - P
Ms. Wright: last names Q - Z

Parent Portal Access:

Parent Portal will open for students and parents on December 7th, 2021 and will remain open until January 7th, 2022. Students and families will have one month to register for all classes. All students will select their courses, as well as alternative electives, at this time.

Starting in January, counselors will meet with all 8th grade students and families to review the courses selected for AHS, create a plan for graduation, and answer questions about high school. A sign-up genius will be sent out for meeting dates.

Courses will be finalized in February. Students will not be able to make changes to their course requests for 9th grade by the end of April. At the end of the year, any questions regarding 9th grade courses should be directed to the AHS Counseling Office.
 

Selecting Classes:

9th graders at all high schools will take 8 classes. Freshman Seminar is a required course and will be auto-populated by the high school. Students will select seven classes for their freshman year: English, Math, History, Science, Health and PE I, and two electives or an elective and World Language.
 

Because students may have at most two electives, we ask that students select a few alternates on ParentPortal during the registration window. Many freshmen do not receive their first choice electives, so it is important to review the Program of Studies to select a few back-up choices.

To learn more about classes, please look at The Program Of Studies. For more help on how to use the Program of Studies, please see this video.
 

Family/Student/Counselor Meetings:

Throughout the months of January and February, families and students will meet with a counselor to discuss course selections, alternative electives, and make any course selection changes after the ParentPortal window closes. We will also review a tentative four-year plan that will follow your child to the high school as a road map to graduation at the end of 12th grade year. Parents/Family are not required to attend these meetings, but are encouraged to come.
 

Denial of Credit Letters: At the end of the current school year, any student who took a high school credit class will receive a Denial of Credit letter. These letters will list all high school credits received in middle school (Spanish I, French I, Algebra I, and/or Geometry) and the grades received for each class. Before entering high school, rising 9th graders can opt to deny the credit if the family was not satisfied with the grade. If a credit is denied, the grade will not show up on a high school transcript. Generally students who choose to deny a credit either repeat the course the following year or opt to take a different course in its place.

Potential 9th Grade Specialized Programs

The Pathways:

Albemarle High School has designed an academic pathway for our students: the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math Pathway. These "Pathways" will permit students to choose among fifteen areas of concentration, and in addition to course study, students will participate in internships, community service, and a capstone project related to their chosen discipline. Students wanting to complete a Pathway must complete a Declaration of Intent form and may enter the Pathway in either 9th or 10th grade.

Community Lab School:

Our school provides Albemarle families a small, liberal arts middle and high school option for students who wish to maximize intellectual curiosity and creative potential. It is a school that emphasizes rigorous academic standards in disciplinary and interdisciplinary knowledge with the arts integrated throughout the curriculum.

Community Lab School is also an International Baccalaureate World School offering the IB Diploma Programme.

AVID:

Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a course taught at AHS dedicated to closing the achievement gap by preparing all students for college and other post-secondary opportunities. In the AVID class, students receive daily instruction and support to prepare them for college from a trained AVID elective teacher. AVID impacts students school wide as academic strategies like writing to learn, inquiry, collaboration, organizational skills, and critical reading are taught in all classes by teachers who have been trained to use AVID strategies in their specific content areas. The deadline is January (TBD).