As an 8th Grader, It is Never Too Early to Prepare for High School

**A MESSAGE FROM THE SCHOOL COUNSELOR’S OFFICE**

High School is just around the corner for your eighth grader! It’s never too early to start thinking about the academic direction your child will take. Allentown High School has developed very rigorous academic standards by offering honors courses in English, mathematics, science and social studies. Your child’s performance in eighth grade will impact his/her freshman level classes next year. Information about high school course offerings can be found under the “Guidance” tab on the high school website (https://sites.google.com/a/ufrsd.net/ahs/home/guidance-department/course-selection-guide ). The high school course selection process will begin in March.

If your child is interested in attending one of the Monmouth County Vocational School District Career Academies such as: Biotechnology High School, Academy of Allied Health and Science, High Technology High School, Communications High School or Marine Academy of Science and Technology, please be aware that the deadline for applications is December 11, 2015. The application process is very competitive and requires attendance at one of the information sessions (which start in October, 2015). Students may attend as many information sessions as needed to help with their decision; however, they may only apply to one school. Application procedures are posted and accessible at www.mcvsd.org .

If you would like more information regarding the Career Academies or the application process, I can be reached at 609-259-7292, extension 5731; email: carreaa@ufrsd.net . Have a great year!

Toni Carrea, School Counselor