High School Math Placement- What To Do?

Hello Parents! We received lots of questions during LTM’s about how students will be placed in classes in high school, especially in math. Each high school has a different process for math placement. Some have placement tests, others use teacher recommendations. Some schools require letters from teachers, others simply require teacher signatures on registration forms. Students are currently finishing Algebra 1. Depending on the student and what school she is attending, she might retake Algebra 1, OR move into the next course after Algebra 1, either Geometry or Algebra 2, depending on the math progression at her high school.

As you and your student register for classes this spring, inquire about what you need to place into your preferred classes. Some parents like to think about balancing classes or honors classes with out of school activities. Others think about how their student might adjust to a higher work load and what might be the best course load. If you are unsure, feel free to email the SGS 8th grade teacher directly (who needs to give you the recommendation) or have students bring in their registration guide and course descriptions and advisors can help navigate. We are happy to go over this with your student and make recommendations. Every student is different and we will support you and your family through this process!

*Helpful side note: each SGS student gets a letter verifying that they’ve met WA state history credit as part of their transcript.

Next Schools roll out this week

This week in class meeting we went over the Family Conversation Assignment (on the 2nd page of this Next Schools document), due 11/1/16 in Advisory. Your student is assigned this conversation with some guiding questions and your signatures. Also shared was the High School organization sheet for students to keep and use as they organize the information they collect about various high school options.

We also talked collectively about the expectations around how they are talking about high schools. Students agreed to being cognizant of the way they are speaking about schools. For example, we encouraged students to speak from “I” perspectives such as, “I really like _______program at_________school,” and staying away from making broad generalizations or ranking schools as “better” or “worse.” The high school process can be stressful and we want the community to be supportive of all students and families as they navigate this transition. We ask you to reinforce this type of conversation at home.