Information for the Lemont High School's Class of 2017

Welcome to the prospective students of Lemont High School's Class of 2017! 
The excitement is building for 8th graders currently enrolled at Old Quarry Middle School and local Catholic and private schools. In just a few short months, you'll be high school students! While you still have plenty to accomplish before finishing up 8th grade in the spring, there are a number of important items happening in the next few months of which both you and your parents/guardians should be aware.

Please take a moment to review some important information that will benefit you as you prepare to become a Lemont High School student next fall.

Guidance Counselors
8th Grade Open House
Important Information for Parents/Guardians of Students Enrolled in Catholic Elementary Schools
Placement Testing

Course Registration for the Class of 2017
Letter to the Class of 2017 re: Registration
8th Grade Information Events
2013-14 Student Registration

Guidance Counselors

Five Lemont High School guidance counselors will provide assistance to prospective members of the Class of 2017. A student's guidance counselor is determined by his or her last name. Lemont High School's guidance counselors include (assignments in parentheses):

Stephanie Bushnell (Hes-Mah) - (630) 243-3224
Denise Dalton (But-Her) - (630) 243-3241
Andrea Heinz (Mai-Rt) - (630) 243-3238
Eric Michaelsen (A-Bus) - (630) 243-3225
Joan Sheesley (Ru-Z) - (630) 243-3223

To e-mail a Lemont High School guidance counselor, click on his or her name.

8th Grade Open House

Lemont High School will host its annual 8th Grade Open House on Wednesday, November 7, from 6:30-8 p.m. The event provides an opportunity for current 8th grade students and their parents/guardians - from both Old Quarry Middle School and local Catholic and private elementary schools - to meet Lemont High School teachers, guidance counselors and administrators. Click the link below for more information.

Lemont High School to host 8th Grade Open House on November 7

Important Information for Parents/Guardians of Students Enrolled in Catholic Elementary Schools

The “High School Recruitment” section in the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Handbook for School Administrators places restrictions on the relationships that public schools may have with Catholic grade schools. Specifically, Catholic elementary schools may not:
  • Invite public high schools to Catholic elementary school-sponsored high school recruitment events;
  • Provide an opportunity for public high schools to hold placement tests on their campuses; or
  • Distribute promotional materials from public high schools.
Current 8th graders who attend a Catholic elementary school but live within Lemont High School’s attendance boundaries are encouraged to attend the school’s 8th Grade Open House on November 7, and learn more about the wealth of opportunities that Lemont offers its student population.

Parents/guardians of Catholic school students who are considering attending Lemont High School next year should download the "Request for Release of Student Records" form (see below).

Request for Release of Student Records

Submitting this form to the student’s Catholic elementary school is the only method by which Lemont High School may receive important school information about that student, including testing information.

Once Lemont High School receives a student’s directory information, it can communicate with him or her about important topics such as freshman course registration, placement testing, and other items.

Parents/guardians who have questions about this process should contact either their child's school, or Lemont High School Head Guidance Counselor Eric Michaelsen at (630) 243-3225.

Placement Testing

Initial placements in English are made based on standardized test scores. Lemont High School’s English Department conducts a writing placement exam for incoming freshmen who are interested in enrolling in English I Honors. The exam was held on Monday, November 12, while a make-up event was held on Monday, December 10.

Parents or students who have questions concerning English placements should contact Humanities Chair Michele Albano at (630) 243-3253.

Initial placements in Mathematics are made based on standardized test scores, performance in a student's eighth grade math class, and results from the ALEKS placement test (visit www.aleks.com for more information). Old Quarry Middle School administered the ALEKS exam to incoming freshmen in December 2012. Non-Old Quarry students - including Cass Junior High School and parochial/private school students - were able to take the ALEKS test at Lemont High School on either Thursday, November 29, or Saturday, December 1.

Parents or students who have questions concerning Mathematics placements should contact Mathematics Chair Kathy Young at (630) 243-3263.

Incoming freshmen who still need to take the English I Honors writing placement exam or the ALEKS placement test for Mathematics should contact Guidance Secretary Dana Browne at (630) 243-3218 to schedule a time to take the exam(s) in the Pupil Personnel Services Office.

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Course Registration for the Class of 2017

In November, Lemont High School will receive standardized test score information for 8th graders at Old Quarry Middle School. The school will receive similar information for students enrolled in Catholic and private schools as parents/guardians of those students submit the "Request for Release of Student Records" form to their children's schools. Parents/guardians of future Lemont High School students who are currently attending Cass Junior High School in Darien are encouraged to request that Cass send their children's test scores to Lemont High School as quickly as possible. Parents/guardians of Cass students also should contact Lemont High School to make its guidance counselors aware their children will be enrolling next fall.

The Division Chairs at Lemont High School will make course level recommendations for members of the Class of 2017 after the school receives the standardized test scores and placement exams have been completed for English I Honors and Mathematics. Guidance counselors will collect the recommendations of the Division Chairs and generate preliminary placement information.

Lemont High School's guidance counselors will deliver placements to current Old Quarry Middle School 8th graders in January 2013, and provide an explanation to those students concerning how their placements were determined. Students will be able to take home the placement information to their parents/guardians, and will be advised of the number of electives they can choose for the 2013-14 school year and how to use the school's Program of Studies to select those electives. Students will be instructed on how to return their course registration information.

After parents of Catholic school students submit the "Request for Release of Student Records" form to their children's schools, Lemont High School's guidance counselors will receive those scores, distribute that information to the school's Division Chairs, and mail placements directly to the student's residence. Information concerning how to register for electives will be included in that mailing. Placements will be mailed directly to parents of Cass Junior High School students as well.

Lemont High School does not print a course registration catalog. However, a description of each of its courses is available online, as is a downloadable version of the Program of Studies (link below). Course descriptions are available by visiting a department's page under the "Academics" section on the school's Web site.

Program of Studies

Lemont High School will finalize its course offerings for the 2013-14 school year in December; course descriptions and the Program of Studies will be updated as information is available, but all course descriptions should be finalized by the end of December.

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8th Grade Information Events

Lemont High School's Guidance Department will host an event from 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday, January 26, to collect registration materials and answer any scheduling questions from parents/guardians of incoming freshmen. Parents/guardians are encouraged to attend if they have questions they would like to have answered or issues that need to be addressed. Parents of students who will receive Special Education services are welcome to attend, but specific courses for those students are selected with at their annual reviews in the spring.

Parents/guardians who are unable to drop off their children’s course registration materials on January 26 may return the necessary information to the Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Office during regular business hours from January 22-25. PARENTS/GUARDIANS ARE ASKED TO MAKE SURE THAT THE NECESSARY INFORMATION IS SUBMITTED DURING THIS TIME PERIOD. Failing to promptly complete and return any of this information may result in delays in the registration process, which in turn could result in fewer elective options.

Please note that the State of Illinois Child Health Examination Form also must be on file at the school before your child may begin attending courses in the fall. 

Parents/guardians who disagree with a placement recommendation made by Lemont High School's guidance counselors may download the "Freshman Placement Waiver" form (see below) and turn it in along with their students' preferred list of electives.

Freshman Placement Waiver

Parents/guardians of Catholic school students and Cass Junior High School students should return their children's elective choices directly to Lemont High School's guidance counselors.

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2013-14 Student Registration

Lemont High School utilizes an online registration process; this will be completed for all students in July and August 2013, prior to the start of the 2013-14 school year.

Information concerning student registration will be distributed during the summer. However, parents/guardians who wish to get a head start on the process should keep in mind the following items.

All incoming freshmen, and any in-state transfer students, are required to submit a State of Illinois Child Health Examination Form (including an up-to-date immunization record), which must be completed by an Illinois physician. All incoming freshmen also are recommended to submit the State of Illinois Eye Examination Report, the State of Illinois Dental Examination Form, and the State of Illinois Vision Specialist Report. All of these forms may be found by clicking below on the link to the Nurse's Office page and browsing the links on the right side of the page.

Nurse's Office

In addition to the State of Illinois Child Health Examination Form, out-of-state transfer students also are required to submit a State of Illinois Eye Examination Report, completed by an Illinois physician.

The Child Health Examination Form - including the up-to-date immunization record - must be on file with the school before a student may begin attending classes. Parents/guardians are recommended to submit that information to the school during the summer. It may be dropped off in the PPS Office, or mailed to the attention of the School Nurse. The Child Health Examination Form submitted for student registration also may be used for athletic participation.

Parents of potential student-athletes can click on the link below to learn about the deadlines for that required paperwork.

Athletics Forms

Freshmen and transfer students also are required to submit a copy of their birth certificates to the school. This document may be turned in during the 8th Grade Information Events in January, returned to the PPS Office, or mailed to the attention of the Guidance Secretary.

Lemont High School maintains contact information for students with multiple families, including students whose parents are either divorced or separated and living at different addresses; or students who have a non-custodial or non-residential parent/guardian living at a different address than his/her own. Parents/guardians of students with these circumstances should download the form below and return it, along with a copy of the proper legal documentation, to the Guidance Secretary.

Second Family Information Sheet

The date for Lemont High School's Fee Payment Day for the 2013-14 school year will be solidified during the spring. All students should attend Fee Payment Day! This includes students whose parents/guardians have completed the online registration process and paid the appropriate registration fees in advance. Students who do not attend Fee Payment Day will be assessed a $10 fee.

A number of important tasks are completed on Fee Payment Day, including:

  • Head shots are taken of each student - these are used for student ID cards and yearbook photos 
  • Students pick up their course schedules (students who do not pick up their schedules will be assessed a $10 late fee)
  • Students pick up their Student Planners
  • Students pick up their physical education uniforms (available for purchase, and if pre-paid, for pick-up) 
Parents/guardians of students who do not currently live within the district's boundaries - but will live within those boundaries next year - should contact Guidance Secretary Dana Browne at (630) 243-3218 to discuss the steps necessary to enroll at Lemont High School.

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