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8th Grade Orientation


Starting High School is an exciting, and in some cases stressful time. Rest assured that our Guidance Department is here to help our eighth grade students make a successful transition to their Freshmen year.

Orientation of the eighth grade for enrollment at South Dearborn High School is held in February. The counselors visit the Middle School to distribute and discuss pertinent information in the curriculum guide. This information includes special emphasis about the different levels in the math, science, and language art classes.

During the following week, a freshman orientation program will be held in the evening at South Dearborn High School for the 8th grade students and parents. The counselors and instructional leaders of each department will give an initial explanation of the high school format, curriculum, scheduling procedures, testing program and graduation requirements.

The scheduling is completed during a visit to South Dearborn High School in March. During the scheduling process, we stress to the students that selection of courses should include these criteria:
  • Results of the 8th grade ISTEP test
  • Recommendations by the eighth grade teachers or principal
  • Information from former or current South Dearborn High School students
  • Future goals and plans
Please keep in mind that it is the responsibility of the parents and students to make the final selection of classes. However, the instructional leaders and the student›s eighth grade teacher will make recommendations if it appears the student may have great difficulty with a class or has chosen a class that is below his normal academic achievement. In this case, the parent and student will be contacted and the situation discussed for a possible change. It is recommended that students plan their schedules for four years.

Have questions? Contact our Guidance Department team.

Lisa Moorhead – Director of Guidance, Lisa.Moorhead@sdcsc.k12.in.us
Sally Bender, Sally.Bender@sdcsc.k12.in.us
Lisa Tupper, Lisa.Tupper@sdcsc.k12.in.us
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