High School Transition Guide 2019

EPMS Parent University: Title I Coordination & Integration

Verification Process & Questions

Verification/Course Registration Timeline for 2019-2020

MILTON HIGH SCHOOL TIMELINE:

  • February 11-14: Middle School Teachers make/enter 2019-2020 course recommendations
  • February 22: Middle School gives first-course verification form to students
  • February 26: Students return first-course verification form to the Middle School
  • March 5: Middle School gives second-course verification form to students
  • March 8: Students return second-course verification form to the Middle School

* TBD - MHS students to visit EPMS



ROSWELL HIGH SCHOOL TIMELINE:

  • February 1: Course Offering Catalog available online @roswellhigh.org
  • February 12: EPMS - Registration materials to EPMS
  • February 19: Distribute registration materials during advisement
  • February 21: AP/Honors/Dual Enrollment Info Night - STUDENTS WELCOME @ 6:30 pm in Gym. TAG Parent Meeting in Auditorium @ 5:30 pm. The evening includes registration and Q&A for Rising 9th-grade parents. (Alternate Date: 2/20/2019)
  • February 22: Registration forms collected in advisement
  • March 14: Course Verification forms distributed
  • March 16: Signed Course Verification forms returned
  • March 28: EPMS students tour RHS

* TBD - RHS students to visit EPMS

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Presentation at Elkins Pointe Middle School

This meeting will be conducted in Spanish and English


  • SPANISH: Tuesday, November 27th at 6:30 pm in the Media Center by Koritza Rodriguez
  • ENGLISH: Thursday, November 29th at 6:30 pm in the Media Center by Lisa O'Hanlon Cowles


The presenters for these meetings are:

  • Principal - Kindra L. Smith
  • Curriculum Assitant Principal - Ida Ward
  • Assistant Principal - Ayo Richardson
  • Assistant Principal - Nancy Lahey
  • Guidance Counselor - Will Jones
  • Parent Liaison, Title I - Lisa O'Hanlon Cowles
  • Bilingual Community Liaison - Koritza Rodriguez

GOALS FOR THIS MEETING:

1) To explain the verification process as it takes place in middle school.


2) For parents AND rising 8th graders to attend the meetings at their future high school.


3) To give a brief overview of things to know about high school.

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* IMPORTANT TRANSITION DATES

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ROSWELL HIGH SCHOOL

Roswell High School

RISING 9TH GRADE PARENT NIGHTS

LOCATION: Roswell High School Auditorium

11595 King Road, Roswell, GA 30075


Students are welcome!

ROSWELL HIGH SCHOOL RISING 9TH GRADE INFORMATION NIGHT

Date: Thursday, January 24th, 2019

Time: 6:30 pm in the evening

Place: Roswell High School Auditorium

Who: Parents and rising 9th grade students

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ROSWELL HIGH SCHOOL HONORS, AP, & DUAL ENROLLMENT NIGHT

Date: Thursday, February 21, 2019

Time: 6:30 pm in the evening

Place: Main Gym of Roswell High School

Who: Parents and rising 9th grade students

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The Organizer is Roswell High School.

Please check the Roswell High School website to make sure there are no changes.

MILTON HIGH SCHOOL

Students are welcome!

MILTON HIGH SCHOOL DUAL ENROLLMENT NIGHT

Date: Thursday, January 31, 2019

Time: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Place: Milton High School Auditorium

Who: Parents and rising 9th grade students

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MILTON HIGH SCHOOL RISING 9th GRADE PARENT NIGHT

Date: Thursday, February 7, 2019

Time: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Place: Milton High School Auditorium

Who: Parents and rising 9th grade students

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The Organizer is Milton High School.

Please check the Milton website to make sure there are no changes.

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* HIGH SCHOOL VOCABULARY

AP Class / AP Course: AP stands for ADVANCED PLACEMENT. These classes/courses are designed to prepare students to take the College Board sponsored Advanced Placement (AP) Exam. These national curricula are developed by both high school and college teachers under the guidance of the College Board. Most universities award college credit based on AP exam scores. AP classes have a higher degree of rigor, and students are awarded 7 points at the end of each semester towards a "Weighted GPA." (NOTE: HOPE/Zell will add 0.5 to class, but only for Bs and Cs, not As; students can't earn above a 4.0).


Core Classes - English language arts, math, science, and social studies (Elective classes are different)


Course Request – The request a student makes for a particular elective course. It does not guarantee the student will receive the course, even if the course has shown up on previously issued verification form.


Credit - Students earn one credit for a course that lasts all year or a half credit per course per semester. Students must earn a total of 23 credits to graduate. These credits must be earned in specific categories.


Curriculum Handbook - High school course catalog with descriptions and generic placement guidelines


CTAE - Acronym for Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education classes, is used for Pathways


Dual Enrollment - Program allowing high school students to earn college credit while in high school.


Elective Registration Sheet - A document listing the year and semester-long electives offered to rising 9th-grades. Students will receive 2-3 verification sheets during the transition period (January - April)


Grading Scale - Grades awarded for performance in a course 0-100. College/university scale 0-4


GPA - is the acronym for Grade Point Average. The Numeric GPA is the course average of all classes taken at the high school level. Colleges use Numeric GPA as part of their admission process. Link to Calculate Numeric GPA: http://gpacalculator.net/


Honors Class /Honors Course - The curriculum is developed by the state, school system or specific school to meet the needs of talented students. An Honors class has a similar curriculum offered in the corresponding regular class but may cover additional topics or some topics in greater depth. Honors classes have a higher degree of rigor, and students are awarded 7 points at the end of each semester towards a "Weighted GPA."


HOPE & Zell Miller Scholarships are available to Georgia residents who have demonstrated academic achievement; they provide money with the educational costs attending a HOPE eligible postsecondary institution in Georgia. https://www.gafutures.org/hope-state-aid-programs/hope-zell-miller-scholarships/


Pre-Requisite - A course required before a student can take another course. (i.e. High School Level Art)


Transcript - A copy of a student's permanent academic record, which includes all courses taken.


Unweighted GPA - Unweighted GPAs are measured on a scale of 0 to 100, and does not include the difficulty courses into account. Unweighted GPA does not include the 7 points for AP or honors classes.


Verification Form - These forms are generated by the high school, and issued through the middle school. They contain the list of courses (classes) your child has been recommended to take. Parents will review the forms, request electives (e.g. Pathway classes, Music, PE). The forms are returned to the middle school. Tip: take a picture or photocopy. Questions? Email your middle school counselor.


Weighted GPA - A weighted GPA considers the rigor of AP and Honors courses, and adds 7 points to the semester grade. Also, 7 points are added for Accelerated Math classes and Dual Enrollment classes Note: Some scholarships/universities do not accept weighted GPAs.

* COURSE VERIFICATIONS WILL BE ISSED IN JAN/FEB 2019 AT ELKINS POINTE

A "Course Verification" is a printed list of recommended classes. Verification forms are issued to your child via his/her 1st period, core subject teacher, or WINN class.


When You Receive Your Child’s Verification Forms - Take a Picture, Copy or Scan!

  • Originals will be sent to high school – MAKE A COPY or TAKE A PHOTO!!
  • Copies are NOT kept at the middle school. Once they are turned in they are not retrievable.


Verification Forms Include:

  • Names of the courses recommended for your child
  • Course is year-long/two semesters (1.0 credit) or one semester (.5 credit)
  • Course numbers - * Look these up in the high school course catalogs


Multiple Verification Opportunities:

  • There will be multiple verification forms, each form is important!!
  • You will have 2 opportunities to finalize core course placement
  • Electives selection usually comes after the first verification form. You may be able to add some electives in the first round.
  • There will be minimal changes at the high school level, so be diligent about making ALL your course selections while in middle school because courses do fill up.


Return Promptly!

  • These forms arrive and are distributed without much notice.
  • Turn around time frame is controlled by the high schools.

Sample of a Course Verification Form (below). Your child's verification form will come home with a list of suggested courses.

Core Courses: Your child's verification form will contain recommendations for the core classes. Core classes include ELA, Math, Science, and Social Studies. For Freshman year, your child MUST have ELA, Math, and Science on their verification. Note: Social Studies is only offered in Advanced Placement (AP). The majority of freshman will not take Social Studies AP Classes. Milton High School officers AP Human Geography and AP Government. Roswell High School officers AP Human Geography


Elective Courses: The verification form may contain a recommendation for a continuation of the World Language your child is taking at the middle school level, an AP Course recommendation for Social Studies, and a recommendation for Health/PE. You can choose to change these courses. For example, your child might wish to switch to another World Language or your child might forgo Health/PE freshman year to take a Pathway/CTAE/Elective course instead. Many Pathways have prerequisite and if your child wishes to start on a Pathway, he/she will want to take the required prerequisite.

EXAMPLE OF VERIFICATION REQUEST:

Please use this as reference not as a guide for your child.

NOTE: Sample course verification info, under core classes and AP options- AP Govt is not offered for 9th at Roswell anymore.

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* WHAT CRITERIA IS USED FOR TEACHER RECOMMENDATIONS?

Teachers will make instructional level course recommendations using a combination of the following:


  • Current academic performance (grade)
  • Unit (summative) assessments
  • 7th grade Georgia Milestone results and 8th grade ITBS results
  • Work Habits/Recovery Attempts



Parents will receive a copy of the high school course recommendations in mid-January. If you have questions/concerns regarding the teacher recommendation(s), please contact the subject area teacher.


Note: Parents can sign a waiver to place their child in a higher class.

* INSTRUCTIONAL LEVELS

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  • Current teachers will use course academic performance and test data to make recommendations for 9th-grade courses.


  • Teachers make these recommendations independently of other courses.


  • Thus, a student may be recommended for all honors and advanced placement courses or be recommended for a mixture of on-level, honors and AP classes.


  • Parents & students will ultimately have choices to make...try to think about balance and your child’s strengths.

*GRADING IN MIDDLE vs. HIGH

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* GRADES @ HIGH SCHOOL

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STATEWIDE TESTING FOR HIGH SCHOOLS

Georgia Milestones are not given at the high school level. The state test is called End Of Course (EOC) Testing. EOC testing is given at the end of the school year in April/May.

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* THE HIGH SCHOOL SCHEDULE

High Schools Schedules: 6 and lunch and study/hall are within the schedule


  • Six (6) periods of classes
  • Lunch (MHS: lunch 1 hour / RHS: Lunch and study hall)
  • 57-minute classes
  • Six (6) minutes of pass time


RHS Bell Schedule

MHS Bell Schedule


Courses can be year-long or one semester

  • Year-long course (two semesters) = 1.0 credits
  • One Semester Course (half year) = .5 credits


TAG is completely different

  • Determined by the rigor of courses (must maintain a certain GPA)
  • TAG Seminars & Directed Study


Lots more options in terms of electives

  • Pathways
  • Dual Enrollment
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Note: @ RHS World Lit not 12th anymore

Link to see The Four-Year Plan of Study

This resource is from the Roswell High School Counselling Office

NOTE CHANGES FOR RHS:

Literature progression chart- World Lit is not course in 12th grade anymore. Roswell has Multi Lit, British Literature. You can remove College English for Roswell, not offered on our campus anymore

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NOTE CHANGES FOR RHS:

Social Studies progression- AP govt not option in 9th for Roswell anymore. At Roswell, students can not take 1 sem of AP Govt in 12th grade, it is a year long class

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* GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

23 Credits Needed To Graduate w/Class


  • English: 4 credits


  • Math: 4 credits


  • Science: 4 credits


  • Social Studies: 3 credits


  • Electives: 4 credits


  • CTAE/World Language/Fine Arts*: 3 credits
    • Note: 2 or 3 years of World Language credits may be required for college admission
    • Colleges may or may not accept middle school credits for World Languages taken in middle school.


  • Health : .5 credit

  • Personal Fitness: .5 credit
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* WEIGH THE OPTIONS

Make decisions that are in the best interest of YOUR child.

  • Make decisions that are in the best interest of your child. This point cannot be emphasized enough. You need to tailor fit the high school course selections to your child's needs!


  • Ask your child for input because your child should be involved in picking electives and gaging the amount of rigor they can handle.

  • Is your student proactive, self-motivated, and willing to seek academic assistance/support? Ask the hard questions. Listen to your child.

  • Weigh academic course load with other activities in which your child would like to be involved, e.g. sports, church, clubs, etc.

  • Evaluate your student’s response to stress and pressure.

  • Take into consideration if your child will be choosing a career or college path. Let this guide you on the course selections.

  • The pattern of rigor should increase as students progress, not decrease. It is OK to start off with less rigor (Honors/AP). Don’t overload your child. Let your child pick honors & AP classes by strengths and passions.

* HONORS VS. ADVANCED PLACEMENT

HONORS COURSES - The curriculum is developed by the state, school system or specific school to meet the needs of talented students. An Honors class has a similar curriculum offered in the corresponding regular class but may cover additional topics or some topics in greater depth.


AP (ADVANCED PLACEMENT) COURSES are designed to prepare students to take the College Board sponsored Advanced Placement (AP) Exam. These national curricula are developed by both high school and college teachers under the guidance of the College Board. Most universities award college credit based on AP exam scores. (NOTE: HOPE/Zell will add 0.5 to class, but only for Bs and Cs, not As; students can't earn above a 4.0).


NOTE: Both, Honors and AP courses, receive 7 additional points to the grade at the end of the semester (Weighted GPA). However, the 7 points are not considered by HOPE/Zell and many universities/colleges.

* HONORS & ADVANCED PLACEMENT

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* WEIGHTED GPA

Both, Honors and AP courses, receive 7 additional points to the semester ending grade.


  • When the 7 points are added this is called a “Weighted GPA.”
  • Not all scholarships or colleges consider weighted GPA/7points and will only consider an unweighted GPA.
Grade Point Average (GPA) Cheat Sheet

This link will take you to a resource which explains Cumulative Numeric Average, Academic GPA, HOPE Scholarship GPA, and Calculating GPA.

* ACCELERATED COURSE OFFERINGS, BUT NOT HONORS…

An accelerated course is a course that is at least one year ahead of the grade level. It is possible for a student to be recommended for an accelerated course, but not honors. This option is now available to students who took accelerated 9th-grade classes in 8th grade.


9th Grade Accelerated Non-Honors Course Offerings


  • 10th Grade Literature


  • 10th Grade Geometry


Note on Rigor: If your 9th grader takes either 10th-course, they are considered a "class of rigor" to most universities/colleges and the HOPE/Zell, even though they are not "honors classes." These courses do not receive an additional 7 points but are considered a course of rigor because your child is ahead of grade level. To find out if these options are a good fit for your child, speak to your child's accelerated ELA or math teacher after course verifications have been distributed.

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* WORLD LANGUAGE OPTIONS

World Language is for Everyone:

All students in high school are eligible for a World Language even if they did not take a World Language in middle school.


College Requirement:

A minimum of two (2) years in a World Language is a requirement for most colleges. A minimum of two (2) years in a World Language is a requirement for most colleges. Students planning to enter or transfer to a four-year college/university must take a minimum of 2 units of the same foreign language.


Rigor:

World language is considered a course of rigor regardless of honors or on-level

for the HOPE Scholarship and many colleges/universities.


Online Courses:

There are MANY options for a variety of WL online (e.g. German, Russian, Chinese, Sign Language, etc.) via Georgia Virtual School as part of your high school coursework. The cost of online courses taken in the high school is covered.


* Word of Warning: Your child needs to be self-directed for this option *

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* CAREER PATHWAYS (CTAE)

Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education (CTAE)


CTAE Pathways are tools used to assist students in linking their high school coursework to:


  • post secondary training at four-year universities
  • technical colleges
  • military training
  • apprenticeships
  • future careers


* Pathways may be used to make elective course requests.

* Pathway classes fulfill elective requirements for graduation.

* CTAE PATHWAYS BY HIGH SCHOOL

Roswell High School Pathways

  • Career Tech
  • Architectural Drawing and Design
  • Broadcast/Video Production
  • Construction
  • Engineering and Technology ENP
  • Food & Nutrition
  • J ROTC – Army
  • Personal Care Services – Cosmetology
  • Small Business Development
  • Web & Digital Communications


Roswell Course Catalogue:

https://tinyurl.com/RHS-REGISTRATION-GUIDE-2017-18

Roswell Student Handbook:

https://tinyurl.com/RHS-Student-Handbook-2017-18


Roswell Resources on the 9th Grade Student Services website:

http://roswellstudentservices.weebly.com/ninth-grade.html

  • Class of 2021 Fall 17 Parent Presentation
  • Four Year Plan
  • Counting Credits

Milton High School Pathways

  • Architectural Drawing & Design
  • Business & Computer Science,
  • Allied Health
  • Engineering &Technology,
  • Food & Nutrition
  • Law Enforcement Services
  • Teaching as a Profession
  • Web & Digital Design


Milton Course Catalogue:

https://tinyurl.com/MHS-COURSE-CATALOG-2017-18

Cambridge High School Pathways

  • Audio-Visual, Technology & Film
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Law & Justice
  • Sports & Entertaining Marketing
  • Veterinary Science


Cambrigde Course Catalogue:

http://school.fultonschools.org/hs/cambridge/Pages/CareerTechPage.aspx

https://youtu.be/_v-VLiQchUI
* Click HERE for Link to HOPE & Zell Info

The HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarships do not accept weighted GPAs. Please make sure to research the grade and rigor requirements, and the World Language requirements.

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What is Dual Enrollment?

The Dual Enrollment program allows high school student takes college courses and receives both high school and college credit. Participation eases the transition to college, provides students an early start on their college careers, and offers meaningful and challenging academic experiences to qualified students.

Dual Enrollment is for students at eligible high schools that wish to take college level coursework for credit towards both high school and college graduation requirements. Students in grades 9-12 may enroll part-time or full-time in post-secondary institutions and take college courses to earn both high school and college credit.


High school students can participate in Dual Enrollment courses in three ways:

  1. Take college courses on campus at the high school (depending on enrollment)
  2. Take all courses on the college campus
  3. Take some courses at the high school and some on a college campus


Eligible students include:

  • Students attending public or private high schools in Georgia.
  • 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th-grade students
  • No residency or citizenship requirement
  • Meet admissions requirements at the post-secondary institution.
  • Meet high school requirements specific to Fulton County.
  • Students must be on track for graduation.
  • Students must be in good standing academically.
  • Students must be able to adhere to all of the policies specifically stated in the FCS contract.
  • Must not have already received a high school diploma.


Funding and Cost:

  • Students who meet all eligibility requirements will receive a student-specific award amount to be applied to tuition, mandatory fees, and books. The post-secondary institution cannot charge the student any additional tuition or mandatory fee costs for approved courses.
  • The post-secondary institution must provide the required textbooks for the approved courses. How the books are provided to the student is determined by the post-secondary institution.
  • The funding is paid directly to the post-secondary institution. The award chart can be found on GAFutures.


Impact on HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarships and Grants Eligibility

  • Credit Hours paid for by Dual Enrollment are not counted toward the Attempted Hours or Combined Attempted-Hours limit for HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarship at the post-secondary level


Dual Enrollment Courses vs. AP Courses

  • Dual Enrollment courses and AP courses are viewed differently by each college and university. Some colleges may prefer one over the other.
  • Students and parents should check the college admissions requirements for their schools of interest before deciding to participate in the Dual Enrollment program.

Dual Enrollment

High School Links:

Frequently Used MOWR Links:

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* WHAT IS THE DEAL WITH… HEALTH & PE?

Total of 1 Credit Unit Required (.5 + .5 = 1 Credit Unit)

*General Health (1 Semester = .5 ) 9th grade, 10th, 11th, 21th

*Personal Fitness (1 Semester = .5) 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th (or waiver)

Health is a good option to....

1) Take freshman year - Both Health and Personal Fitness (PE) are requirements to graduate from high school. They are each .5 credits per semester.


2) Take online during the summer - Many students chose to take Health over the summer.

  • Online as a summer course is at the expense of parents
  • If you chose to do this the Summer prior to high school it is IMPORTANT your child registers with the help of the middle school counselor. Please contact Mr. Will Jones.
  • Recommendation: To take Health the summer between freshman and sophomore year. Passing Health is a requirement for minors to get the Drivers Licence. Health must be taken before getting the Drivers Licence, but not the Permit.

Personal Fitness is a good option to...

1) Take freshman year - Both Health and Personal Fitness (PE) are requirements to graduate from high school. They are each .5 credits per semester.


2) Take online during the summer - Many students chose to take Health over the summer.

  • Online as a summer course is at the expense of parents
  • If you chose to do this the Summer prior to high school it is IMPORTANT your child registers with the help of the middle school counselor. Please contact Mr. Will Jones.


3) Satisfy with a Personal Fitness Waiver - Students participating in school sports, marching band, etc. can satisfy the Personal Fitness requirement via Personal Fitness Waiver.

  • Each high school has a list of sports, activities which are eligible for Personal Fitness Waiver.
  • "Personal Fitness Waiver" (GHSA Option & Marching Band Option)
  • promoted/transferred his/her records to the high school.
  • Personal Fitness" course offered at your high school.

HEALTH

Health may be taken…

  • Any semester as a .5 semester class - Must be taken prior to graduation
  • Health is a requirement to get a Georgia Drivers License (not for the permit, but for the Driver License)
  • Online in the summer (parents must pay for the course)
  • *** To register your rising 9th-grader for online health classes, please contact your middle school guidance counselor.


* PERSONAL FITNESS & HEALTH MUST BE COMPLETED WITHIN THE FOUR YEARS OF HIGH SCHOOL. THEY ARE A GRADUATION REQUIREMENT.

Roswell High School PE Waiver Info:

Personal Fitness Waiver Eligibility:
Students who successfully complete one season of the marching band or one season of a GHSA-sanctioned sport offered at RHS are eligible to utilize the waiver. In addition, students who successfully complete three years of JROTC are eligible for the waiver.


Find out more about the waiver of the Personal Fitness Waiver FAQ!

Personal Fitness Waiver Request Form


For questions, please contact your child’s school counselor and/or any of the following school staff:

Milton High Schoo PE Waiver Info:

Personal Fitness Waiver Criteria:

1) GHSA Option

  • Successful participation in one complete season of a GHSA-sanctioned sport (excluding One Act Play and Literary Competitions)
  • Participation to be verified by Athletic Director

2) Marching Band Option

  • Successful participation in one complete season of Marching Band
  • Participation verified by band director


Click here to view waiver form. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s school counselor and/or any of the following school staff:

* AUDITIONS & SUMMER COURSES

SPECIAL AUDITIONS: Information regarding and posted on the high school website or in their newsletters.


  • Some programs auditions will be communicated via email from music teachers. The Band, Chorus, Orchestra teachers can provide information on auditions for placement and for Marching Band.
  • Special programs like Cirque, Theater, Cheer, Lacrosse, Football may also have try-outs and auditions, parents should look for these on the website, high school newsletters, high school social media, and email the teacher/chair/director/coach.
  • Tune into your high school’s Social Media, Newsletter, Website and friends who have children in the activity/activity/sport of interest.



SUMMER COURSES: Information regarding summer course offerings will be available in mid-March.

  • IMPORTANT: To enroll your child in online Health prior to their promotion from middle school, you MUST work with the middle school counselor for the summer course to count towards a high school requirement. Because students are not officially matriculated into the high school system for the Summer course until they have been promoted, your middle school counselor will need to approve the summer course in advance of your child's official promotion. When registering for online Health, please contact your middle school counselor. Thank you.
  • Summer courses are paid for by parents.
  • Please check the website at that time to receive additional information.
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ONLINE LEARNING

Georgia Virtual School

Program Information: Georgia Virtual School offers 4 start dates per term so students can complete their course(s) over an 18, 16, 14, or 12 week term. Start and end dates for each session are on the Georgia Virtual Website. Georgia Virtual School offers fall, spring, and summer courses.

Registration: Students register themselves on the Georgia Virtual website. Once you have registered and selected classes, these will be sent to your school to approve or deny by your counselor.

Tuition: $250 per .5 credit course, $500 for 1 credit (AB) course

View the General FAQ page for additional information.

Please contact your counselor for specific questions related to Georgia Virtual Course enrollment.

Fulton Virtual School

Program Information: Fulton Virtual School offers courses in fall, spring, and summer terms. Students must register by the set date and complete the course by the end of the semester.

Registration: Students register on the Fulton Virtual School website. Once you have registered and selected classes, these will be sent to your school to approve or deny by your counselor.

Tuition: Fulton Virtual Campus courses cost $225 ($180 for students eligible for free meal status) per .5 credit course. Payment must be made online after notification of counselor approval, and prior to enrollment in your course. Payment must be made in the form of a credit card (Visa or MasterCard). *Students who need to retake a class may attend summer school provided by Fulton Virtual at no cost up to 2 credits. Additional credits/courses require tuition.

Class Cancellations: Classes must have a minimum number of students enrolled in order for the class to be offered. Full tuition will be returned if a class is canceled due to lack of enrollment.
More information can be found on the Fulton Virtual School website.

Please contact your counselor for specific questions related to Fulton Virtual Course enrollment.

Is Online Learning for your child?

Questions for parents to ask their child when considering online courses:

  • What is my motivation for taking an online course?
  • Do I have the self-discipline and self-motivation to work independently?
  • Am I a good self-advocate?
  • Am I organized?
  • Do I have strong written communication skills?
  • Do I have strong computer skills?
  • What will I miss (if anything) by not taking this course in a traditional learning environment?
  • Fulton Virtual or Georgia Virtual? (Research your options above)
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Talented & Gifted (TAG)

Students must complete one TAG activity each semester to remain in good standing.


•TAG students are served in a variety of ways in a high school setting:

  • Seminar options for all 9th-graders (if not in an AP class)
  • Advanced Placement Classes
  • Directed Studies (11th and 12th-grade students)
  • Internships (11th and 12th-grade students)


NOTE: The TAG program will vary in each high school. Please attend the TAG Parent Meeting at your child's high school for the specifics.

IEP & Special Education

Start with the lead teacher of your child's Team at EPMS

  • Set up a meeting or email introduction through your team at the middle school.
  • You will want to begin this process around March.


Students who currently receive instructional support through special education services will continue to receive supports:

  • -Resource classes
  • -Team Taught classes
  • -Career Technical Instruction
  • -Community-Based Instruction


Work with your child's teacher and the EPMS CTS to set up...

  • Transition meetings
  • Case Managers


TIP: Parents should plan on attending the transition meetings at the high schools.

TIP: The end of February, March, and April are ideal times to begin to schedule meetings. Do not wait until summer!! MANY OF THESE MEETINGS HAVE ALREADY BEGUN!

Medical 504s

Milton High School:

• Marian Buckle, Cluster Nurse

• Muriel Davidson, 504/RTI/SST Specialist - Solomon


Roswell High School:

• Jureen Oddo, Cluster Nurse


TIP: Parents should plan on attending the transition meetings at the high schools.


TIP: You will want to schedule a 504 meeting with the 504 Coordinator after your child's final verification form has been issued. The meeting will most likely take place at the start of school. Don't wait until Summer to schedule your meeting. You will want to have a meeting scheduled early. The high schools have substantially more students, which means a much greater caseload of 504s.

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  • Select appropriate classes – BALANCE!
  • Complete homework.
  • Be organized, and keep an agenda.
  • Seek help when needed.
  • Study consistently.
  • Stay on top of grades with Home Access Center.
  • Get involved and make connections with your high school's programs, staff, and students.



AVID is offered at both Milton and Roswell High School!!

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* FAQs

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Graduate Early…Hmmm…

QUESTION:

My student has earned a number of high school credits in middle school, can she graduate early?


ANSWER:

Yes. A student that has acquired five (5) or more high schools credits can graduate early. Once the 9th-grade year begins, please make an appointment with your child’s assigned high school counselor to discuss a graduation plan.


QUESTION:

Is my child required to graduate early if he has acquired five (5) or more high schools credits?


ANSWER:

No. If your child has acquired five (5) or more credits, he or she does not have to graduate early. Please work with your child’s assigned high school counselor to determine the right course progression for your child.

How Do Colleges View Middle School Grades?

QUESTION:

How do colleges and universities evaluate high school credits and grades earned in middle school?


ANSWER:

Colleges and universities evaluate prospective students in a variety of ways. Some universities/colleges will evaluate a student’s academic performance with the grades from middle school, while others may not. However, for the HOPE Scholarship, all middle schools grades will be omitted in the calculation when evaluating high school grades.

Dual Enrollment

QUESTION:

I am interested in Dual Enrollment for my 9th-grade child… What should I do?


ANSWER:

Each feeder high school will hold a Dual Enrollment meeting to inform parents of the options. Dual Enrollment options are now available to 9th-grade students. Please be sure to connect with your future high school by signing up for their newsletter and by checking their website frequently. Your middle school will also post feeder school information on their website as it is made available. Because this meeting will be held at your future high school, we highly urge you to frequently check the high school calendar and website for any changes.


QUESTION:

Is my student a good fit for Dual Enrollment


ANSWER:

When considering the Dual Enrollment program, students and parents should understand the characteristics of students who are successful in college classes. Students who are considering this pathway need to demonstrate the following:

  • Organized
  • Self-starter
  • Self-motivated
  • Specific pathway planned for graduation
  • Takes initiative
  • Can articulate why he/she is interested in MOWR
  • Mature
  • Can meet admissions requirements for the college/institution
  • Can overcome any logistical challenges including traveling to and from the local high school and college.
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* NEXT STEPS…

1. Timeline of transition events will be available in January 2018.


2. Verification Forms (information on placement recommendations) mid-to-late January. If you have questions about the placement decision, please contact the core area teacher by emailing your child’s teacher directly.


3. Tips for when you receive Verification Forms:

  • Make a copy for your records (Take a picture/scan). The middle school does NOT retain copies of verification forms; the originals are sent to the high school.
  • Carefully read the forms. Questions about core class placements (ELA, Math, Science, should be directed to the middle school teacher.
  • The counselor at the middle school is the point of contact through the transition process, not the high school counselors.
  • High schools do NOT accept requests for specific teachers.


4. Sign and Return verification forms and opt-out forms by requested dates.


5. Attend transition meetings. Try to attend all rising 9th-grade meetings at the high school and all transition information meetings at the middle school.

GET CONNECTED TO YOUR HIGH SCHOOL

Social Media: Connect on Facebook and Twitter

MILTON HIGH SCHOOL




ROSWELL HIGH SCHOOL


Link in to Course Catalogue & Student Handbook:

Become familiar with the high school curriculum handbook. Note: The 2018-2019 is not available at this time. Here are the links to the 2017-2018 Course Catalogues to use as a guide.




* STAY INFORMED

Bookmark High School Website & Sign Up for Newsletter

Visit your high school’s Website & Sign-Up for the Newsletter
  • Get in that habit of checking your high school’s website/newsletter for rising 9th-grade info and updates.
  • It is your responsibility as a rising 9th-grade parent to get connected with your child’s high school. Your high school is the source of information for all things at the high school.


Milton Helpful Links:


Roswell Helpful Links:


Cambridge Helpful Links:

PTA & PTO Are Great Resources

Reach out to the high school PTO & PTA. Connecting with parents in the high school is helpful. They can answer questions and be a great resource.

Stay in the Know Thru Your Middle School

ELKINS POINTE:

Read "Titan Talk" & reference the Elkins Pointe Website for Transition Dates

  • Transition information is already available on the EPMS, MHS, and RHS websites and newsletters.
  • As information is made available from the high school, it is published in Titan Talk
  • Information will run in Titan Talk until the dates have passed

* GET TO KNOW YOUR HIGH SCHOOL NOW!

Participate in as many high school activities as you can, and go to the high school as much as possible. The more your child is familiar with the campus the easier the transition.


NOW is the time to...

  • Investigate sports, elective offerings, activities, and clubs! Soon the high school will be recruiting for sports and special programs, auditioning
  • Music Courses, Band, Chorus, Orchestra, and Performing Arts, Cirque & Drama will be holding auditions in early Spring.
  • Sports and Marching Banc start mid-Summer…Yes, they start in July 2018!
  • Marching Band & Cross Country sign-up in the Spring and Start in July
  • Football, Cheer, Lacrosse (Girls & Boys), Try-Out in the Spring and start in the Summer.


Parents should…

  • Rising 9th-grade parent meetings and Principal Meet & Greets
  • PTA/PTO Meetings & SGC Meeting
  • Parent University – Educational Seminars for Parents
  • Ask parents of current high schoolers for tips about navigating high school, scheduling, and getting involved at the high school level


Students and parents should…

  • Go to plays, music concerts, and festivals
  • Watch sports games (baseball, soccer, track & field)
  • Ask current high schoolers for advice on courses/activities/sports & getting involved

WHO TO ASK?

Ask the Counselor at Elkins Pointe, Mr. Will Jones!

If you have a question regarding high school transition, please contact the middle school counselor assigned to high school transition. The high school is managing the current caseload of students grades (9-12).


Elkins Pointe Middle School Contact for High School Transition

Contact: Mr. Will Jones @ jonesw3@fultonschools.org


Elkins Pointe Teacher Recommendations & Opt-Out/In

If you have questions regarding teacher recommendations, please email your child's teacher. If you have questions about ”opt-out/in” forms, please contact your child’s teacher in April/May.


For General Questions, Contact Your Elkins Pointe Parent Liaisons

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Summer Reading, Packets, and Assignment...Are YOUR Child's Responsibility!!

Depending on the high school, teacher, or Course there may be a Summer Assignment:


  • It is the responsibility of the student/parent to check the high school website for Summer-work.
  • Some middle school teachers may give a heads up to parents and students, but as of your child's promotion on the last day of school, your child is a high school student. You will need to be proactive about checking on Summer assignments because they most likely will not be posted as of the last day of school.
  • 9th-grade ELA has historically had a book/short story, packet of paper to write prior to the first day of class.


** CONSIDER THIS YOUR HEADS UP!! **


Remember that picture we recommended you take? You will want to know which teacher your child has in the event there is a Summer assignment!

Residence Verification - BRING THESE WITH YOU TO OPEN HOUSE!!

Two proofs of residence from the districts approved the list of documents is required for ALL 9th-grade students.


*** MAKE A COPY TO LEAVE AT THE HIGH SCHOOL!! ****

Both documents must contain parent or guardian’s name and current address.


1) One current Water, Electric or Gas Bill


AND


2) One Residence document from the list below.

  • Copy of home mortgage
  • Bill Current bank statement
  • Valid Drivers License/ State ID Current
  • Paycheck Copy of home sale contract
  • Current HOA Bill
  • Section Eight/HUD Housing Document
  • Current Apartment/House Lease
  • Homeowner’s/Renter’s insurance registration card


BE PREPARED!

You WILL BE paying significantly more for your child's locker (approx. $15) and you may not be able to get the locker without the proof of residency. Locker assignments are often done as first come first serve, or as an upperclassman privilege. Don't let your proof of residency be the thing that keeps your freshman from getting assigned a locker at Open House.

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* You Do Not Have to Have it ALL Figured Out...It's OK!

  • Keeping in mind this may be the first time you are being presented with this material.


  • This is the start of your high school journey....please know that the direction your child starts out in high school does not have to be the one he/she has to finish...nor is that direction the only one they can ever have. For example, the college or career path they think they might want as a 9th-grader may drastically change by their senior year. It is OK. High School is the place they are supposed to figure this out. You and your child have 4-years to decide!


  • The high schools will be providing more in-depth information on these topics, and you have four years to get it down.

  • Please attend the Rising Parent Meeting and Dual Enrollment/MOWR Meeting at your child’s future high school. The high schools will be able to answer your specific questions.
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