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Incoming 9th Grade Students & Families (Class of 2025)

Below you will find resources to guide you through the transition to high school.

Upcoming Events


East High School would like to invite 8th grade students and their families to join us for our Spring 2021 8th Grade Virtual Family Night! This is a virtual event that will showcase EHS sports, clubs and organizations. We will have student and faculty presentations from 14 clubs and organizations, we will hear from our Athletic Director, and families will get an opportunity to meet with individual clubs and organizations through small break-out sessions. There will be raffles and prizes as well! Please join us to learn more about how you can get involved at East!

Event: Spring 8th Grade Virtual Family Night 

When: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Time: 6:00-7:30pm

Zoom Link -

An Introduction To 9th Grade At East High School

Watch the recorded virtual presentation from January 7th, 2021 about East High School for current 8th grade families led by current East staff and students.

Below are additional resources:

Program Options - Personalized Pathways, DLI, AVID

MMSD High School Options For 8th Grade Families To Consider Overview Video

MMSD High School Options For 8th Grade Families To Consider Overview Presentation Slides

MMSD High School Options For 8th Grade Families To Consider Overview Handout

Personalized Pathways

East High's Personalized Pathways Website

Personalized Pathways Presentation (with audio) (en español) - This slide show has audio options for each slide and will give you more information about our Pathways program.

Personalized Pathways Application (en español) (deadline is January 15, 2021)


East High's AVID Website (application opens on January 4th, 2021, deadline to apply is January 21st, 2021)

AVID Presentation (with Audio) (en espanol) - This slide show has audio options for each slide and will give you more information about our AVID program.

AVID Application (English)

AVID Application (Spanish)

AVID Application (Hmong)

Staff Recommendation Form

Dual Language Immersion (DLI)

MMSD's Dual Language Immersion Website

Dual Language Immersion Application (lottery application opens December 11th, 2020)

High School Courses

2021-2022 East High School Course Catalog



Purgolder Press (weekly) |  Peppy's Periodical (monthly) |  Tower Media (student news site)  |  East Calendar

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Questions about the transition from 8th to 9th grade?  Contact School Counselor, Monique Billings, by email at or text/phone at 608-571-7620.

Para preguntas en español, se puede comunicar con la Sra. Silvia Gomez al 608-204-1624 o,  o la consejera escolar bilingüe, Robin Murphy-Sinha, al 608-561-7370 (llamadas o textos) o


East High School is structured with “Small Learning Community Neighborhoods.” These Neighborhoods (Olbrich, Tenney, Warner, and Yahara) do not correlate with where families physically reside, but are assigned randomly. Within each neighborhood, students are supported by an Assistant Principal, Administrative Assistant, Counselor, Social Worker, Psychologist, Dean of Students, and Nurse and ideally these connections will stay the same during a students’ four years at East. East’s Neighborhood structure offers opportunities for student-to-student and student-to-staff relationships leading to students’ becoming personally involved in and taking responsibility for their own education. The result of students’ feeling a part of the school’s academics and activities is increased chances for success both in and out of the classroom.  A full list of all staff by neighborhood can be found here.

Class of 2024 Students and families were emailed Neighborhood assignments and a Neighborhood Welcome Message on July 16th, 2020.

Neighborhood Welcome Messages (July 16, 2020)

Tips & Pointers: Preparing for High School

Attend 9th Grade Orientation: This is the number one most important time to prepare yourself for high school! Be sure to check out other events as well.

Talk to your friends from middle school: Many of them will go to the same high school as you. But remember that you’re likely to make some new friends, too. On average, your high school will be about 3 to 4 times bigger than your middle school!

Check out the school’s publications: From blogs, to social media, to TV broadcasts, to other online materials, you can learn about what other teens are up to at your school. You could also get involved in school media yourself! Be sure to check out Tower Media, our student news site.

Keep track of your stuff: Do you have a good system for organizing your schoolwork? Make sure you’ve got a binder, assignment notebook, and anything else that helps you stay on top of things. Going paperless instead? Awesome! Tech tools will help you succeed from 9th to 12th grade, and beyond.

Tech tools: Check out your school’s website, Infinite Campus, Google Classrooms, and your MMSD e-mail to make sure you’re in-the-know about all the tech tools available to students. If you’re not familiar with these yet, your teachers and other school staff will be happy to help.

1:1 tech devices: Don’t have a computer at home? No problem! All MMSD high schools are going one-to-one with devices this year, which means you should have access to your own Chromebook. Be sure to familiarize yourself with MMSD’s policy for appropriate use of tech tools, if you haven't already.

Be yourself! (Seriously.) There are so many people in high school, you’re bound to find other people with the same interests, hobbies, and even quirks, as you.

Be kind! In the words of one East High student: “You’re going to be with these people for the next four years of your life. You might as well get along with each other.”

personalized pathways logoSpecific supports: Do you have anything in particular you need to find in the school? Learn about AVID, Student Services, Personalized Pathways, and other programs early in the year, to get a head-start on your own needs as a high school student. Some helpful links can be found at the bottom of this page.

Making the most out of your high school experience

High school can be an amazing experience for students. Below are a few tips for making the most of the next four years.

  • Join a club or sport. High school is much more enjoyable when you get involved. Don't see a club that interests you? Start one!
  • Stay on top of your progress and grades. Check Infinite Campus often.
  • Ask for help when you need it!
  • Get to know your teachers and help your teachers get to know you.
  • Attendance is VITAL! Come to school on time, every day.
  • Take advantage of the supports that are provided at East, which include tutoring, counseling, mentoring and much more.
  • Talk to adults at school about your postsecondary goals and get advice on courses you should take while in high school to help you reach your goals.
  • Get to know your classmates, especially those that are different from you.
  • Ask questions! There are many people here to help you, and communication is key.
  • Take a good balance of classes. Explore a new hobby or skill through an elective class and challenge yourself with an Advanced Placement course or Dual Credit class. Learn some of the benefits of advanced coursework.
  • Know your support system! There are counselors, social workers, psychologists and many other adults at our school who are here to support your academics and well-being.

"One thing that has made my high school experience better is being in classes I want to be in and that I find enjoyable. The history department and my counselor are able to help me when I need it."
– East High School student

Staying on Track: Academics

Ninth Grade: The Most Important Year of High School

You are about to start the most important year in your high school career! How do we know this? The MMSD research team has found that more than anything else, your grades and attendance in ninth grade matter for high school graduation. If you are On-Track at the end of 9th grade, you are more than twice as likely to graduate in 4 years. Graduate with a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) or higher and your opportunities beyond high school skyrocket!

What does it take to be On-Track to Graduate?

To be On-Track to graduate on time, you must:

  • Attend school at least 90% of the time (miss no more than 4 days a quarter of school), AND
  • Earn no more than 2 semester Fs

9th Grade On Track Coordinator


Tom Kanies

Key Vocabulary 

Here you'll find a list of key vocabulary to help you with entering high school.

"Please do your homework even if you don't want to. It really does make a difference."
– East High School student