La Follette High Transition Info

8th to 9th Grade

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 9th Grade Night

Tuesday, Jan. 12th, 6-8pm

Zoom Link

Please come take the first step toward becoming a Lancer. Join us on January 12th, 2021 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm for an evening filled with information from our staff.

6:00 PM Community Building

6:10 General Presentation

6:45 Break Out #1

7:15 Break Out #2

Zoom link for the evening.

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 visit middle schools virtually during the month of January to present information to students about their schedule options for next year. Each student receives an action plan with class options for students to choose. Students care share their action plans at home to review classes chosen for next year.

Scheduling for freshman year

Each freshman is required to have 4.5 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 2.5 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

What is needed to graduate?

Class of 2025

22 total credits are needed to graduate from La Follette High, 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

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.

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
  • 7 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
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