Transitioning from middle school to high school is a very exciting time for our Round Rock ISD students! But this is also a time filled with lots of questions from both students and families alike. In order to support our students and their families during this time of change, Round Rock ISD is providing the following resources and opportunities:
- In-school advisory lessons designed to help 8th graders better understand their choices
- Informational sessions to help students explore High School Academies and electives
- Videos that highlight A Day in the Life of a high school student
- 8th to 9th Grade Family Transition Information Nights
- Family seminars that explore how to earn college credit in high school*
- Family seminars on navigating college admissions, assessments, and processes*
A full list of our available Future Readiness Family Seminars is available on Round Rock ISD’s Community Education website.
A Day in the Life of High School
Each year, the Round Rock ISD counseling department releases a Middle to High School Transition Handbook. This handbook can be found at Course Catalogs and Transition Guides
Future Readiness Seminar Presentations and Resources:
Eighth grade and ninth grade – Timeline and checklist
Spring of Eighth Grade Year
- Attend high school orientation
- Attend parent meetings on the middle school and high school campuses
- For students looking to transfer to a different high school, complete transfer requests online through the Round Rock ISD website
- Complete ninth grade course selection sheet with the help of your middle school counselor
- Select endorsement
- Register for high school courses and complete draft of Personal Graduation Plan (See appendix I)
- Applications for Off-Campus PE must be sent to the district athletic department prior to the due date
- Check HS websites for required summer readings for Pre-AP classes
- Check due dates for required athletic physicals
- Register for any needed freshman academic summer boot camps
- Review summer dates for extracurricular activities (i.e. football, volleyball, and marching band)
Summer Prior to Freshman Year
June / July/ August
- Attend academic boot camps
- Attend extracurricular camps (tryouts are required for all athletic teams)
- Attend Freshman Orientation
- Check schedule for all course requirements so that you will graduate on your desired graduation plan
- Review school and teacher websites. Sign up for online communications (ex: Remind 101)
- Attend campus Open House
- Attend the Round Rock ISD College Fair. Pre-register to print out a personal bar
code for college reps to scan for your contact information
- Check Home Access for current grades and attendance; contact teachers if concerned with grades.
- Attend Freshman conference (date may adjust depending on high school campus)
- Prepare to take mid-term exams
- Do grade checks; check into opportunities to fix grades if you did not pass first semester course.
- Prepare to take English I EOC test
- Prepare to take Algebra 1 and Biology EOC exams
- Submit Course Selection for Sophomore year
- Review EOC test scores; determine if Summer School is needed
- Prepare for Final Exams
- Attend Summer School (if needed)
- Retake EOC tests (if needed)
What are the primary concerns that students have when transitioning to high school?
Will I need to take notes in high school? How do I take good notes?
How do I stay organized for an A/B schedule?
How can I learn how to study?
How to I manage time in high school?
Will I have any spare time for normal life activities?
Is there more homework in high school? How much homework can I expect?
Will I be prepared for college?
What math classes do I need to take in high school?
What academic credits will I need to get into a college?
What are colleges looking for and how do I choose what courses to take?
What is an Academy?
What is a Program of Study?
A Program of Study is a specific course pathway within an Academy. By completing a program of study in one academy, students also simultaneously earn their state mandated endorsement. This program of study should suit a student’s unique skills and interests.
Round Rock ISD Academies/Programs of Student/Endorsement Plans
How do I earn an Endorsement?
Students may earn an endorsement by completing a sequence of coursework within an academy. An endorsement is earned once a minimum of four credits in three or more courses are completed, and must include upper level coursework. Endorsements can be achieved in numerous ways to allow students to focus their studies in any Program of Study, in addition to other academic electives. Students on the Distinguished Level of Achievement graduation plan will need an endorsement by completing 4 classes in one of the 5 Academies or in Multidisciplinary Studies. Students may participate in multiple academies and earn multiple endorsements at the campus they are attending. Round Rock ISD Academies/Programs of Student/Endorsement Plans
How do I choose my electives, Academy, and Program of Study?
Do I have to pick an academy now and stick with it all through HS or can I change my academy?
What do I do if I don't understand my school work or if I need extra help?
What is the difference between regular and advanced classes (pre-AP, AP, Dual Credit, pre-IB, IB, OnRamps, etc)?
How do I choose between Dual Credit and AP classes?
What is the difference between Dual Credit and Concurrent college credit courses?
What is Articulated Credit?
Do I have to take a foreign language in high school?
How do I find activities to get involved in and meet new friends?
Are there resources to help if I find myself anxious, burned out, or depressed?
Where do I go if I am being bullied?
What if I do not know anyone in my lunch period?
What will we do on the first day of school?
Will my high school student have a homeroom or advisory period?
Will I have a locker?
Some campuses will issue students a locker during student orientation. However, most students prefer using a backpack due to time constraints.