8th Grade Course Selection

8th Grade Course Selection
Posted on 03/04/2021
8th grade course selection infoDear 8th grade parents, guardians and students:

8th grade students are about to embark on the next big step of their educational career. “Course Selection” will take place over the next several weeks in which students will select their courses for 9th grade. Selecting the right courses will help start a solid foundation while building transcripts and resumes for their futures. The New York State graduation requirements are that all 9th grade students take English, social studies, math, science and physical education. Other courses students are likely to take include foreign language, art, music and an elective.  

There is a course selection planning worksheet that was mailed home and is also available on the district website for you to look over and discuss before students meet with me. Course descriptions, graduation requirements, and high school 4-year plans are located in the “Program of Studies” booklet on the district website. Extra copies of information and handouts are on the district website. For enriched courses, recommendations by current teachers are required. Individual selection does vary based on current courses, academic achievement and recommendations for future courses by teachers, counselors and administration.  

I will be giving a presentation to all 8th graders on Monday, March 8, during their science class. Virtual learners will be able to attend the live session using the link provided in Google Classroom by Mr. Brownell on Monday, March 8, at 9 a.m. Each student will then meet with me about their specific course selections on Thursday, March 18, during social studies class. I will reach out to virtual learners regarding their course selections. All parents, guardians, and students will also have an opportunity to learn more about the course selection process at a livestreamed webinar on Thursday, March 11, at 6 p.m. Registration is required at the following link:

To view a PDF copy of the presentation, click here. To view and download the planning worksheet, click here.

Please discuss this important process with your child and contact me if you have any questions.  


Adam M. Laycock
6-8 School Counselor