Dear 8th Grade Families,
A few important bits of information as you start to consider high school options for next year, whether private or public:
- If you are thinking about applying to private high schools, I encourage you to visit their websites regularly, and fill out an inquiry form which should allow you to receive updates to their admission procedures, deadlines, and events. Most are planning virtual tours and open houses, some may be asking for spontaneous writing samples, and/or graded writing or math samples, in addition to the usual letters of recommendation required for applications. For the moment, most are planning on using Zoom to interview students and their families but some (Cathedral, I learned this morning) are allowing for in-person tours and their application portal is already live. Most schools are still figuring things out…
Most San Diego area private high schools will not require the ISEE exams as part of the application process this year. I can confirm that this includes Bishop’s, Parker, Pacific Ridge, and La Jolla Country Day, so far. Grauer continues to NOT require the ISEE. The Catholic high schools traditionally require the HSPT, a different test, but they are still coming to an agreement about whether or not to require it this year. Some private schools may ask for the CSS Character Snapshot. https://www.ssat.org/pages/character-skills-snapshot
Each school is taking its own approach, and we know that things can change rapidly, pending Covid-19 data and directives from the county and state, so please be proactive with the schools you are interested in.
Most application windows will open October 1. Please keep me informed of your plans, and consider having a Plan A, B and C, to cover all the bases.
- All San Diego Unified Schools are doing distance learning only right now, and there is no scheduled reopening date. Therefore, as of today, no in-person tours are planned, but this may change. The district is also switching over its website structure and hosting so some links may not be working, but they will be forwarding the “old links” so I will go ahead and mention these for future reference for enrollment and choice application procedures:
Usually the online Choice Application opens at the beginning of October. The site has not yet been updated for the next academic year. A reminder that you must do the Choice Application in order to attend a public high school that is not your assigned school.No application is necessary to attend your assigned school. You must show proof of residence to enroll at your assigned school. Find out which is your assigned school here: https://www.sandiegounified.org/schoolfinder
- We are working on adapting our annual Alumni Panel / High School Info Night to a virtual platform. We may divide the event into two sessions. The first is currently scheduled for Wednesday, September 23 – virtually, via Zoom. More info to follow…
I will keep you posted as I receive more information and look forward to working with you – parents and students — on the path toward high school.
Take good care,
Erin Stoller, High School Placement Counselor, firstname.lastname@example.org