Placement for Rising 9th Graders

  • Freshman student The Freehold Regional High School District works with its partner K-8 districts to ensure that we are recommending appropriate courses and course levels for rising ninth graders. Throughout the student's 8th grade year, K-8 districts provide data on student test scores, student reading levels, and student grades in core courses in the 7th grade and first marking period of 8th grade.

    While we do gather PARCC scores, those scores are not yet used for placement purposes. We gather those scores for information purposes, to identify issues in the trajectory for high school graduation, and to determine possible strengths and weaknesses that inform our conversations with parents.

    We gather reading levels primarily in the form of Lexile reader measures. You can learn more about Lexile reader measures here. These measures are important to help us determine whether or not a student will have difficulty reading texts that we use in particular course levels. Most of our K-8 partners utilize tests, online services, or other means to determine Lexile reader or other reading level measures. 

    In the areas of English, Social Studies, Science, Mathematics, and Classical/World Languages, most ninth graders will take the following courses:
     
    • Academic English I
    • Academic World History
    • Academic Lab Biology
    • Algebra I or Geometry (depending on what they took in 8th grade)
    • Level 1 of a World/Classical Language (e.g., Spanish I, Italian I, etc.)
     
    Based on the data we receive from our partner K-8 districts, however, we may recommend alternative placements. If you have any questions about these other placement recommendations, or would like to discuss the possibility of moving into an alternative level that we have not recommended in partnership with your K-8 district, please contact your high school's guidance office. Click here for links to each guidance office web site.

    English

    Academic English I is the default placement for rising 9th graders. However, we will recommend students for Honors English I if they have a Lexile reader measure of 1055 or higher, and final 7th grade and first marking period of 8th grade English Language Arts grades of A- or better (B- or better in honors level courses).

    Social Studies

    Academic World History is the default placement for rising 9th graders. However, we will recommend students for Honors World History if they have a Lexile reader measure of 1055 or higher, and final 7th grade and first marking period of 8th grade Social Studies grades of A- or better (B- or better in honors level courses).

    Science

    Academic Lab Biology is the default placement for rising 9th graders. However, we will recommend students for Honors Lab Biology if they have a Lexile reader measure of 1055 or higher, and final 7th grade and first marking period of 8th grade Science grades of A- or better (B- or better in honors level courses).

    Mathematics

    Algebra I or Geometry is the default placement for rising 9th graders, depending on what they have completed in 8th grade. We do not allow students to repeat a course that they have completed in middle school, if the middle school attests that the student's performance indicates successful completion of a comprehensive study of that subject.

    If students have completed Algebra I, we will recommend them for Honors Geometry if they have final 7th grade and first marking period of 8th grade Algebra I grades of A- or better (B- or better in honors level courses).
     
    If students have completed Geometry, we will recommend them for Honors Algebra II if they have final 7th grade and first marking period of 8th grade Geometry grades of A- or better (B- or better in honors level courses).
     
    World Languages

    Ninth graders will often take the first level of a classical/world language of their choice (e.g., Spanish I, Italian I, etc.). The State of New Jersey requires 5 credits (1 full school year) of high school world/classical language instruction for graduation, but many students take multiple years.

    In some cases, however, students have already completed the equivalent of a first level classical/world language course. They must still complete 5 credits with us. However, we may recommend a second level course in the same language (e.g., Spanish II, Italian II, etc.). We work closely with each of our partner K-8 districts to recommend level II world languages courses.
     
    English I and Algebra I Workshop
     
    We currently offer an additional period of support for both English I and Algebra I for select students. In this "concurrent support" course, a certificated teacher works with students to help them close skills and other gaps that may slow their progress in the regular English I or Algebra I course. We work closely with each of our partner K-8 districts to identify students who would benefit from this course. We typically extend invitations to register for this course in the spring of 8th grade.