Transitioning to High School

Helpful information for our 8th graders and their families!

What you need to have completed at the end of your middle school year to transition

Make sure you complete you residency verification paperwork or your shared domicile renewal paperwork in order to transition smoothly to high school. Call your school for clarification on how they are accepting it. Here is what you need...


Residency verification:

  • Photo ID
  • Three pieces of mail dated within the last 60 days
  • Mortgage, deed, leasing agreement (address page and signature page)


Shared domicile renewal:
  • Photo ID
  • Three pieces of mail dated within the last 60 days
  • Shared domicile renewal form filled out

Standard classes/Honors/Gifted and Talented/Advanced Placement

Standard:
  • Baltimore County essential curriculum.
  • Very valuable!
Honors:
  • Baltimore County essential curriculum that moves at a faster pace.
  • Level above standard.
Gifted and Talented (GT):
  • Step above honors and significantly increases the level of vigor and student expectations.
  • GT is a good starting place before AP. Not all students who are in GT are ready for that AP jump!
Advanced Placement (AP):
  • Taking an AP class allows the student the opportunity to receive college credit.
  • The policy for accepted AP credits will differ between colleges/universities.
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Healthy vs Unhealthy Relationships in High School

Transitioning to high school means new relationships! It is up to you to examine the relationship being built and to determine if it is healthy or unhealthy. If you need help with this situation, a support person in your school building might be just what you need! Please look at the image below and keep in mind these three types of relationships.
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Your GPA matters!

Your grade point average (GPA) will impact your opportunities while in high school!


  • The tuition free program at CCBC: did you know that you could take tuition free community college classes while you are still in high school? The program is open to BCPS sophomores, juniors, and seniors with a cumulative unweighted GPA of at least 2.5
  • Sports eligibility requires a 2.0 GPA with no more than 1 failure.
  • Senior opportunities: Dual enrollment (CCBC), internships, etc.​

The RIGHT 22.5 credits in High School




  • 4 English Credits (English 9,10,11,12)​

  • 3.5 Social Studies Credits (American Government, World History, US History, Economics/Finance)​

  • 4 Math Credits and Math each year of high school​

  • 3 Science Credits (Living Systems/Biology, Chemistry/Physics, Earth Systems,)​​

  • 1 Physical Education Credit (Fitness Foundation/Fitness Mastery)​

  • 1 Fine Art Credit (Art or Music)​

  • 1 Technology Credit​

  • 1 Credit of Health

  • 4 credits that equal a high school completer. *Talk to student's School Counselor about what completers are available and what may be best for your student.

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Academic Transition

  • Expect to have homework every night!​ (Example: Review chapters, preview chapters, vocabulary, notecards)

  • Get organized!​ (Example: Notebooks, folders, binders, lists, etc.​)

  • Manage your time effectively!​ (Example: Planner, Timing of Assignments) ​

  • Attendance is important!​ Missing Instruction and missing assignments​ are detrimental to your grades.

  • Ask for help when you need it!​ Some supports in your building may be counselors, administrators, teachers, coach class, tutoring, etc.​

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