HIGH SCHOOL PLACEMENT UPDATE #25 – Friday, March 12, 2021
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Happening Now: Friday, March 12
Private high school admission decisions will be posted by end of day – usually emailed to parents.
Cathedral says they will post decisions on March 16. The schools usually tell me the decisions, but not always, so please let me know your news – I keep track of all the results.)
If you receive multiple offers of admission, please make your decision, respecting the school’s deadline, and please let the schools you do not wish to attend know as soon as possible, so that your spot can be opened up to a waitlist candidate. The school will let you know the next steps for enrollment.
We anticipate that in addition to many of our students being Accepted, there will be a number of Waitlist results this year. If you are serious about the school, please let them know right away that you want to stay on the waitlist. (It’s impossible to know when the waitlist movement will be all done – shifts can happen into the month of August…)
Great news to share: All of our SDFAS families that applied to “Choice in” at MBHS or LJHS for 9th grade have been accepted via the Choice program offered by SDUSD!
–If you do not want the choice spot, please decline promptly so that it can be offered to another student.
–If you are moving forward to accept a choice spot, please follow the instructions carefully and promptly.
—Please, let me know your plans – the schools do not let me know directly. Thanks!
—There are several steps to enrolling (filling out forms, uploading your immunization records and transcript and having them verified) before you are able to get an appointment with your counselor to choose classes.
–Heads up: the way the schools have adapted this in-person process to a digital process can be a little clunky.
La Jolla High School
–If LJHS is your assigned school, here is the link to enroll:
If you missed the recent meeting – unfortunately, they still haven’t posted or shared the recording, but they did send me the slide deck.
–If MBHS is your assigned school, you can fill out this enrollment form to get the process started:
–One remaining MBHS Virtual Tour on April 8
–Also, on April 15: there will be another IB Information night presented by Tracy Borg, the IB Coordinator.
Zoom link to follow. For more info: email@example.com
— We learned this week that there is a chance that IB French at Mission Bay will not continue to be offered after this year. Tom, Marion and I met with the IB Coordinator this week, and Mark will be in contact with the MBHS principal to see if there is anything that we can do at SDFAS to support the continuation of French at MBHS, but as of today, we do not have a firm answer. Many of our alumni end up taking IB Spanish at MBHS and taking advanced French with Mme Addo, instead of IB French, but still, this is disappointing news.
–MBHS offers the International Baccalaureate Program (I.B.)
The I.B. is offered at San Diego High School, Mission Bay High School in San Diego, and further north at La Costa Canyon, Vista, and San Guajome. It is a very robust academic, college preparatory curriculum for free at these public schools. Many colleges give credit for IB classes / passing IB exams. Doing the IB looks good on college applications in the U.S., Canada, and abroad because it is a known, rigorous curriculum. It is not for everybody – it is very challenging, writing intensive, and has cumulative exams at the end of 12th (and sometimes 11th) Grade. The program is complex – please let me know if you wish to talk about it in detail. Learn more about the IB here:
IB College Admissions
Enrolling at your assigned public school
Please go to the school’s website for instructions – or see above for MBHS or LJHS.
SDUSD requires the following documents for enrollment. (Usually just #2 – #6 for private schools.)
1) Proof of Residency – One of the following:
2) Immunization Records (Shot records)
3) Birth Certificate or Passport
4) Copy of most recent report card – you can access these on FACTS.
5) Copy of Transcript – Stephanie has mailed this to your home.
6) 8th Grade Course Information Form (SDFAS prepared one for each family; they help the high school guidance counselor place our students in appropriate 9th grade classes. Stephanie has mailed this to your home.
Enrolling at any school:
Stéphanie mailed a copy of your Transcript and a copy of your 8th Grade Course Information Form to your homes before break. These are important documents – please keep an eye out for them in the mail, and please keep them safe! Together, along with report cards, these will help your assigned high school guidance counselor place your students in appropriate 9th grade classes. Some schools will offer you a meeting in person and some will do this process online this year. Students are usually assigned by alphabetical order or by grade.
We sent these documents earlier than usual so that if you will, or if you might attend your assigned/neighborhood public school, you can complete the school’s online enrollment form just as soon as it is available, and then choose your classes with your assigned counselor once your forms have been validated.
For both private and public schools…
In June, Stéphanie will prepare a final transcript, with final report card grades included, to be sent to your high school. This is one of the reasons we ask that you please keep us informed of your high school results and decisions as soon as you know.
Whether you are anticipating results, deciding amongst possible options, or just anticipating life in 9th grade, the waiting period can be stressful in its own way, so please be mindful of your own and your 8th graders’ possible ups and downs during this period between now and the end of the year, and perhaps consider focusing on the adventures to come: new freedoms, friendships, opportunities, and responsibilities, and, above all, reassurance that it is possible to get a good education at any of the high schools in the area.
Please be encouraged to enjoy the last months of being with 8th grade teachers and classmates at SDFAS!
No matter what your high school pathway might be, I would like to encourage you to take intentional time over the next several months to create opportunities for your 8th graders to take baby steps toward becoming more independent. It’s important for them to feel CAPABLE of managing some aspects of their life and making some of their own decisions, but they need to PRACTICE these skills and have your confidence in their ability to do so as a foundation. In high school there will new freedoms and responsibilities, the need for more self-advocacy, weighing options, making good decisions and mistakes, prioritizing, balancing homework/fun/health/friends/family, etc. I encourage you to practice letting go in tiny ways now, allowing your 8th graders to have a voice and take responsibility, for example, setting own alarm and getting up, learning how to do laundry, budgeting, groceries, basic cooking and cleaning…perhaps consider having a family meeting to discuss these shifts? Fair and reasonable boundaries and logical consequences are still important, too, but perhaps reached by discussion, collaboration, negotiation. We as parents need to stay involved and engaged, as we also, sometimes heartbreakingly, loosen the reins.
As you finalize your choice for high school, please consider attending the school’s virtual college info night and/or other events via zoom. (Check their website!) This will give you a bird’s eye view on some of the students, staff members (and probably alumni) and tone of the conversation around student and parent support, in addition to giving you a sneak-peek into the college application process and campus life. Explore the website to look for videos of events, too, to help you get a better feel for the place and its people.