High School Placement – March 5th

HIGH SCHOOL PLACEMENT UPDATE  #24 – March 5, 2021

I’m here if you have questions! estoller@sdfrenchschool.org

Happening Now:

 Choice:

–Many families are receiving their results now via email. Please check your email regularly and then follow the instructions carefully and promptly. 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. If you do not want the choice spot please decline promptly so that it can be offered to another student. Please let me know your plans – the schools do not let me know directly. Thanks!

La Jolla High School

–If LJHS is your assigned school, here is the link to enroll:

https://lajollahigh.sandiegounified.org/parents/enrollment
If you missed the recent meeting – unfortunately, they still haven’t posted or shared the recording,  but they sent me the slide deck, attached here.

MBHS:
–If MBHS is your assigned school, you can fill out this enrollment form to get the process started:

https://missionbay.sandiegounified.org/counseling/enrollment_information

–Remaining MBHS Virtual Tours on March 11, April 8

https://missionbay.sandiegounified.org/parents/school_tour_information

–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: tborg@sandi.net

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:

  • Current utility bill (SDG & E, water, cable)
  • A rental agreement or rent payment receipts
  • Mortgage documents / Property tax payment receipts
  • Military housing orders

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 will mail this to your home. (See below for more on transcripts.)

6) 8th Grade Course Information Form (SDFAS will prepare one for each family; they help the high school guidance counselor place our students in appropriate 9th grade classes. )

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. 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.

–These are important documents – please keep an eye out for them in the mail, and please keep them safe!

Friday, March 12
Private high school admission decisions will be posted by end of day – usually emailed to parents.

(They usually tell me, too, 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 school(s) you do not wish to attend know as soon as possible, so that your spot can be opened up to a wait list candidate. The school will let you know 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 even into the month of August…)

 Please consider:
Whether you are applying to private schools, and/or if you are waiting for Choice decisions, 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 the not-knowing period between now and spring, 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. Take time to help your 8th grader slow down and enjoy the last term of 8th grade and their SDFAS friends and family.

 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.

One suggestion:
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.

Pro-tip!
As you finalize where to apply, and where to attend if you have multiple offers of admission, please consider attending a 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.