Transitioning to High School


The transition from junior high to high school is an exciting time in a student's life. LCS prepares students to meet the challenges of high school on various levels. What follows is information to help with this transition.

What high schools do our graduates attend?

Over the past 4 years, our graduates have chosen the following high schools:

  Benilde-St. Margaret's School
  Mounds Park Academy
  The Blake School   Open World Learner
  Bloomington High School   Orono High School
  Breck School
  Richfield High School
  Central High School       
  St. Louis Park High School
  DeLaSalle High School
  St. Paul Academy and Summit School
  Eagan High School
  St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists
  Edina High School
  South High School
  Highland High School
  Southwest High School
  Minnetonka High School
  Washburn High School

 

What is the high school application timeline?

October and ongoing
      Students may begin shadowing at Independent Schools, contact specific schools to arrange dates. (Public schools do not allow shadowing.)
      Non school days for LCS are great days to shadow.

Mid-October
      Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) offers information meetings at local high schools. Click here to see a 2017 schedule. 
      Our MPS liaison is Tammi Harmon. Contact Tammi via phone: 612-668-0812 or email: tammi.harmon@mpls.k12.mnus
      Independent Schools offer open house events.

November
      LCS holds a High School Transition Meeting where LCS graduates return to share their transition experience to public high schools with current students and parents.
      Minneapolis Public high schools offer evening open house events.

Late November - Early December
      Families may visit Minneapolis Public Schools on specific dates.
      Confidential teacher recommendation forms submitted to LCS teachers for independent schools.

December-February
      Independent schools application process may require entrance exams.

January-April
      Independent school application deadlines.

Late January
      LCS mails student records to prospective high schools. If records are required sooner, 7th grade reports and standardized test results are sent with a note indicating 8th grade records will be sent when complete, along with 8th grade standardized test results.

Late February - Early March
      Deadline for application to MPS high schools.

April
      Registration for MPS classes.

What classes do high schools offer?

As students look ahead to their high school experience, they must decide what classes to take. Sometimes this is determined by a placement test, but often students have some discretion, as well. Students often look at each department they will be entering to choose a sequence of classes that best fits their goals. Click below to see the sequences of classes offered at the high schools the majority of our students attended the last 4 years.

Southwest: http://southwest.mpls.k12.mn.us/course_catalog
South: http://south.mpls.k12.mn.us/Curriculum_Guide_2004-05
Washburn: http://washburn.mpls.k12.mn.us/curriculum_guide
Benilde St. Margaret: https://www.bsmschool.org/senior-high
The Blake School:  http://www.blakeschool.org/page.cfm?p=552
Breck School: http://www.breckschool.org/us-academics
DeLaSalle: http://delasalle.com/academics/curriculum/ 
Minnehaha Academy: http://www.minnehahaacademy.net/schools/upper-school/upperacademics/
Saint Paul Academy: http://www.spa.edu/page.cfm?p=612

What questions have parents found helpful to ask high schools during the admissions/selection process?

  • Does the school have a particular educational philosophy or mission?
  • In what ways does the school foster the development of perseverance, flexible thinking, problem solving, collaboration, and self-advocacy?
  • What is unique about the program you offer or what differentiates your school from other schools?
  • Is bullying a problem at the school? How does the school proactively support a culture where bullying is prevented?
  • What is this school’s approach to student discipline and safety?
  • How might the school support students who have academic, social or emotional difficulties?
  • If my student received learning support in Junior High, what is the process for making sure their needs are met in high school?
  • What is the average class size?
  • How much homework do students have? What is the school’s philosophy/approach to homework?
  • How do you determine which math class a student will takes as a 9th grader? If a placement test is used, what resources do you offer for students to prepare for it?
  • Would you be willing to look through my child’s JH math portfolio to get a better handle on where they’re coming from?
  • How do you determine which level of foreign language a student will take as a 9th grader?
  • How is technology used to support teaching and learning at this school?
  • What is the sequence of science classes? (ie physics first or biology first?)     
  • How do the arts fit into the curriculum? Is there a school choir, band or orchestra? A drama program? Studio art classes?
  • What extracurricular opportunities (athletics, clubs, community service, competitions) are available for students?

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Lake Country School is a Montessori learning environment that fosters independence, critical thinking, and creativity within each child. We are a community that promotes diversity and inclusion, as well as respect and responsibility to self, to others, and to the earth.

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