Transition from 8th to 9th Grade

La Follette High School

Welcome to our Lancer Family!

The transition to high school can be exciting, a new beginning, and daunting. You are sending your child into a life-changing adventure. With this adventure might come some new questions. What comes next? What can I expect? What is high school like? How do I schedule my classes? What is the difference between an honors and non-honors class?

Our goal at La Follette is to help make this transition as smooth as possible. We hope this transition forum will provide a resource of upcoming events and helpful transition information. Have questions? Just ask!

Incoming Freshman Scheduling Night

Wednesday, Jan. 24th, 6:30-8pm

702 Pflaum Road

Madison, WI

Please come take the first step toward becoming a Lancer. Join us on January 24, 2018 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm for an evening filled with information from our staff.

There are two breakout sessions prior to the 6:30 start time. A Dual Language Immersion (DLI) presentation will be held in room C-17 from 6:00 pm to 6:30 pm. In room G-3, a parochial school meeting will be taking place from 6:00 pm to 6:30 pm. If you are interested in DLI or if your coming from a Parochial school, you might want to attend one of these events.

After the breakout sessions, you will hear from our Principal, Students, Counselors, Department Chairs (Math, Science, English and Social Studies), MSCR staff, and additional La Follette staff. You can feel free to walk around, explore the building, classrooms, ask questions and learn more about our incredible school.

A pathway meeting will take place after the general presentation at approximately 7:30.

Welcome Incoming Freshmen: A Video Just for You!

Check out tips from students and staff about having a successful high school experience.

LANCER 101 for Incoming Freshmen Students

Want to learn about La Follette High School before school starts? Sign up for Lancer 101. Lancer 101 is a transition program in which incoming freshmen attend a one-week session in the summer to learn how to navigate high school. Meet current students and staff to learn about curriculum, scheduling, clubs, sports, and study skills. Questions? Contact Molly Hayes (608) 204-3625 or to get a registration form or register through the MSCR Summer Program Guide.

Stay Connected with La Follette High School

Counselor Connection Monthly Newsletter.

Stay up-to-date with information from the counselors.

La Follette's School Calendar Link

Check out what's happening at La Follette High School!


La Follette counselors visited middle schools during the month of January to present information to students about their schedule options for next year. Each student received a scheduling card with class options for students to choose. Students should have brought the cards home to discuss class selections with their families. Please note on each scheduling card, there is a line for a guardian signature. The video below will walk you through the basics of the schedule card and how to fill it out.

Scheduling for freshman year

Each freshman is required to have 5 credits of core graduation classes on their schedule

Core classes include:

  • 1 credit English or English Honors
  • 1 credit U.S. History or U.S. History Honors
  • 1 credit Biology or Biology Honors
  • 1 credit Algebra, Geometry, Geometry Honors or higher (talk to your counselor or math teacher to see which class might be best)
  • .5 credit Physical Education

You will also be allowed to pick 3.5 credits of elective courses.

Elective courses include:

  • Art
  • Business, Information, Technology/Computers and Marketing
  • Family and Consumer Education
  • Interdepartmental Studies
  • Music
  • Technology and Engineering
  • World Language
Freshman Scheduling Cards

See what your students scheduling card looks like.

What is needed to graduate?

26 total credits are needed to graduate from La Follette High School, including:

4 credits of English

3 credits of Math

3 credits of Science

3 credits of social studies

1.5 credits of Physical Education

.5 credit of Health

1 Credit of Humanities- language, arts, music and/or theater

.5 Financial Literacy

State of Wisconsin Civics Exam-60% passing

Typical Day class Schedule

1st block 8:18 to 9:50

2nd block 9:57 to 11:31

Lunch 11:31 to 12:23

3rd block 12:23 to 1:56

4th block 2:02 to 3:34

La Follette Bell Schedule

How to figure out your G.P.A.

Grades are calculated by assigning a number to a letter grade. For example: A's are worth 4 point, B's are worth 3 points, C's are worth 2 points, D's are worth 1 and F's are worth 0. A student could get an A in English, a B in Math, a C in History and an D in Science. In order to figure out your grade point average (GPA), you need to add the point value associated with the grade. You then add the point values up and divide by the total number of classes. This student's example would look like 4+3+2+1= 10. Then take 10 and divide it by the number of classes (4). 10/4= 2.5. The students GPA would be a 2.5.

Online G.P.A. calculator

La Follette Resources for Homework Help

Student Involvement at La Follette High School

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Additional Ways for Families to Get Involved!

Latino Parent Night

Latino Parent Meetings are held every third Tuesday of the month in the LaFollette LMC from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Food is provided from Habaneros and each month we have presenters come in to talk to parents about various topics of interest and provide important resources to families. Example topics include: Parenting with Love & Logic, college representatives come talk about admissions, school & community security, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), scholarships, and many more. Please join us at our upcoming meetings!

Las Reuniones de Padres Latinos son cada tercer martes del mes en la biblioteca de La Follette de 6:30 a 8:00 p.m.Habaneros provee comida y cada mes tenemos a invitados que presentan sobre varios temas de interés y proveen recursos importantes a las familias. Algunos ejemplos de los temas que tocamos incluyen: Estrategias para lidiar con los adolescentes, representantes de las universidades vienen a hablar sobre el proceso de aplicar, seguridad de la escuela y la comunidad, Acción Diferida para Llegados en la Infancia (DACA), becas, y muchos mas. Favor de acompañarnos en nuestras reuniones venideras!

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Click here for Registration and Enrollment information

Need information about registration and enrollment through MMSD? Check out this link to learn more.

Information for Internal Transfers and Open Enrollment

Internal Transfer Information

Provides an opportunity for our families to ask that their child attend an MMSD school that is outside of their regular MMSD attendance area.


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Freshman Top 10 Challenges

1. Completing ALL of your homework

2. Handing in ALL of your homework

3. Studying for tests

4. Asking questions

5. Asking for help when you need it

6. If you miss a day, making sure you ask your teacher for the work you missed

7. Being late to class

8. Not following directions

9. If you fall behind, stop handing in work

10. Not taking grades seriously

Difference between Middle and High school

Middle School
  • Recess
  • Lunch in Cafeteria
  • No Credits for classes

High School

  • Open Lunch/Off campus
  • Credits for classes
  • Colleges look at classes/grades
  • 4 Classes per day
  • Advanced Placement (AP) and Honors Classes
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Planning for the Future

Interested in college?

Check out our La Follette High School counselor College Link online resource.

  • Explore over 100 colleges and universities.
  • Review admission criteria and start planning your goals for your future.
  • Look at the college applications and what you need to complete.
  • Review scholarships for each school. See what each school requires to be eligible.

Start planning for college NOW!

College and Universities are looking for:
  • Good Grades
  • Rigorous classes (honors, Advanced Placement AP)
  • Volunteer experience (keep track of your events and hours)
  • High ACT scores
  • Excellent letters of recommendation from teachers
Start Saving for College

Learn more about how to save for college starting now!

Mark your Calendars for our Living The Lancers Life Night!!!!!

Thursday, May 17th, 6-8pm

702 Pflaum Road

Madison, WI

Please join us for an evening packed with fun and information. Current LHS students will take your future Lancers to participate in activities and a question and answer session. Here from Emily Herzog, (UW Colleges) College Resource Counselor, about the importance of thinking about your future now. Parents will also have a question and answer session with a panel of LHS staff.

Academic and Career Planning

As part of ACP, you will:

  • Explore educational opportunities and careers

  • Set and monitor goals

  • Create a resume

  • Develop a personal statement

  • Develop a post-high school plan

  • Use work samples from your portfolio to reflect on your growth and future plans