High School Transition Meeting
The 8th to 9th Grade Transition Meeting will be at the high school IN PERSON this Thursday, March 3rd at from 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Be on the lookout tomorrow for an email from the high school on Wednesday, March 2nd with all the information you will need for the meeting.
8th to 9th Grade Webinar (January 6th)
Advanced Placement Letter (November 18, 2021)
November 18, 2021
Dear Parents and Students,
As the fall leaves continue to drop, and the weather turns a bit colder, it’s time to start considering the transition to 9th grade. Very shortly, 8th grade students will begin a new book club unit to study universal themes across texts. At the end of this unit, students will complete an end-of-unit assessment that requires them to read a short story and respond with open-ended short essays. This assessment will be double-blind scored by a collaborative team of 8th and 9th grade teachers and will be used as one of the indicators for placement in 9th grade English classes. Rest assured, this will be one of several data points the team considers when making a placement decision.
What qualities must a student demonstrate in order to be recommended for an honors course in 9th grade? Although there is no strict formula for success in advanced classes, students should already exhibit the following traits:
Strong aptitude and readiness in the subject
A proven track record of success
Independent skills in reading and analysis
Individual initiative and the ability to approach course work independently
In order to assess these qualities, the 9th grade placement teams will consider the following in-house metrics when making a placement determination:
8th grade quarter 1 and quarter 2 performance in the subject area/related subject areas.
Standardized test scores (NWEA in Reading)
Performance on end-of-unit assessments. (i.e. Response to Literature for English)
Although this may all seem very high stakes, rest assured, students not recommended for advanced classes in 9th grade will have many opportunities for advanced work during their time at New Canaan High School. These opportunities can be earned through grades, teacher recommendations, student appeals, and measures of readiness and growth. In fact, the number of students enrolled in accelerated courses increases substantially from 9th to 12th grade.
The Eighth Grade Transition Team
Phone | 203-594-4500 • Office Hours | 7:00am - 4:00pm
Information on Applying to Private School
If your son/daughter will be applying to private school, the link below will explain our process. We have also attached the two forms that you will need (the school record release form and the supplemental information sheet). Please do not hesitate to contact Lin Benware (Lin.Benware@ncps-k12.org), the 8th grade secretary, or your child's school counselor, if you have any questions.