Transition Lesson 3 - Course Requests

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NCHS Orientation Meeting Information


     Dear NCHS Class of 2025,

    Welcome students and families!  It is our pleasure to welcome you to our New Canaan High School family. 

    High School is the next big step in a student's academic career, and we want to make the experience as easy and fluid as possible. As a school, our team does everything within our power to help incoming 9th graders adjust to this new chapter in their academic careers and aid in a smooth transition.  Please click here to see a brief video message from Mr. Egan. 

    The Administration,  School Counselors, and Department Chairs will be presenting our programs that will challenge students to do their best in academics, athletics, and the arts. 

    We hope you will all have the opportunity to join us at the Eighth-Grade Virtual Orientation on Thursday, March 4th, beginning at 7:00 pm with a brief welcome (Click here to get the zoom link)

    While we would prefer to host the orientation in a typical, in-person format, we believe that this format provides an excellent opportunity to provide the essential information and answer any questions you may have while also ensuring the safety of all involved.  Click here to access the NCHS 8th Grade Orientation and presentation from the different departments explaining class choices and the programs available for you at the high school.  

    Looking forward to welcoming you to NCHS! 

    All the best,

    Bill Egan



    Phone | 203-594-4600 • Office Hours | 7:15am - 3:30pm


Elective Options for Freshman

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Questions from Transition Meeting

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Electives Lesson 2021

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Transition Lesson #1: NCHS Overview

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2021 High School Choice Opportunities

  •  Academy of Information Technology and Engineering (AITE), Stamford 



    AITE offers a dynamic college preparatory environment that integrates 21st century learning expectations, world language acquisition, emphasis on global competencies, advanced information technology skills and knowledge, introductory courses in pre-engineering and architecture, and service learning.

    Center for Global Studies at Brien McMahon High School, Norwalk 



    This school focuses on teaching the languages, culture, history, and literature of China, Japan, and the Middle East.  Through the study of Arabic, Chinese, and Japanese, through our language and cultural immersion study tours overseas, and through our love of learning through experiences, we provide our students opportunities to become informed, active, and compassionate scholars and global citizens.

    J.M. Wright Technical High School, Stamford 



    Open House on Feb. 4

    The mission of the Connecticut Technical Education and Career System is to provide a world-class, unique and rigorous learning environment for high school students that:

    • Ensures both student academic success and career technical education mastery, as well as promotes enthusiasm for lifelong learning.
    • Prepares students for post-secondary education, including apprenticeships and immediate productive employment.
    • Engages regional, state, national and international employers and industries in a vibrant collaboration to respond to current, emerging and changing global workforce needs and expectations.
    • Pursues and participates in global partnerships that provide CTECS students with international exposure and experience.

    Regional Center for the Arts (CES), Trumbull 


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    Open House on Feb. 7

    The Regional Center for the Arts is a safe and inclusive community where high school students with a passion for the performing arts can grow both as performers and young people.

    Stamford Regional Agriscience and Technology Center at Westhill High School, Stamford Website:

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    School offers introductory and in-depth instruction in the field of Agriculture with topics ranging from agrimarketing to zoology.

2021 8th - 9th Parent Transition Meeting

Transition Information

  • Dear Parents and Students, 

    As we approach the midway point in what has been a strange and challenging year, it’s time to start thinking about the transition to New Canaan High School. Our virtual 8th Grade Transition Parent Coffee will take place on January 7, 2021 at 9:00am, where we will have the opportunity to discuss in detail the transition process.

    In previous years, the English and Science Departments of New Canaan High School have offered students the opportunity to sit for a placement performance task for consideration of accelerated/honors courses in those subjects.  This year, because of the logistical challenges of administering such a test, the English and Science Departments will instead utilize a series of in-house metrics to determine which placement is appropriate for rising 8th graders. We believe these metrics will be better indicators of how students perform on a day-to-day basis.

    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, Math)
    • Performance on end-of-unit assessments. (i.e. Response to Literature for English, cumulative assessment data in mathematics, Scientific and Engineering Practices for science)

    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. 

    We look forward to seeing you on January 7, 2021 at 9:00am, where we will have the opportunity to share more information regarding this process (i.e. appeals) as well as all the other opportunities the high school has to offer. Invitations to this event will be sent via email the week of January 4th. 

    Kind Regards,

    The Eighth Grade Transition Team