Brochures Transition to high school | Page 2

Welcome to high school! S tarting high school is a time of great excitement for students and their families. For many teens, entering high school is a defining moment. They may feel grown up and ready for independence. At the same time, they may be concerned about how they will fit in with a new group of people and how they will cope with increased academic expectations. They may worry about that first day of school. The building is new to them, teachers are unfamiliar, and those juniors and seniors are an unknown quantity. Will they be friendly, or will they make life difficult for the new students? We work hard to make sure that your child feels at home when he or she joins our school next fall. Every high school in the Anoka-Hennepin School District welcomes students with a program designed to make freshmen feel comfortable in high school and start them on the road to success. New students will be welcomed to school orientation by student leaders who are trained juniors and seniors. The leaders meet periodically with freshmen for academic support and social activities throughout their first year of school. The leaders help students learn school expectations, traditions, appropriate behavior, good study habits, and how to get involved in co-curricular activities. Leaders create a welcoming atmosphere at school that helps new students begin to relax and begin the work of high school. Parents and guardians play an important role in supporting young people as they make the transition to high school. This brochure includes tips on how you can help your child be successful in high school. The following pages contain information about high school including schedule, curriculum, activities, communication, homework and more. The high school schedule The school day in all Anoka-Hennepin high schools is divided into five class periods of 67 minutes each with seven minute passing times between each class and a 30-minute lunch break. The school year is divided into trimesters of approximately 12 weeks each. You may hear this referred to as the “5 by 3” schedule. Students earn a full credit for each two-trimester course and a half credit for each one-trimester course. 1