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