Lemont High School – a 2017 National Blue Ribbon School – will host its annual 8th Grade Open House on Wednesday, November 6, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The event provides an opportunity for current 8th grade students and their parents/guardians to meet Lemont High School teachers, counselors and administrators. Additionally, the school has scheduled its mandatory freshman placement exam for Saturday, November 9.
Any incoming student who lives within the school’s attendance boundaries, or who will live within those boundaries during the 2020-21 school year, is encouraged to take advantage of the “sneak peek” the open house provides. Lemont High School’s attendance boundaries include Lemont and portions of Darien, Downers Grove and Woodridge.
Students and parents/guardians alike will have the chance to learn about the fine academic and extra-curricular programs offered by Lemont High School. Prospective students and their parents/guardians may visit various areas throughout the building as well, including the school’s outstanding athletic facilities, the state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center, and the newly revamped CITGO Innovation Academy.
Individuals with disabilities who need accommodations are encouraged to call the school’s main line - (630) 257-5838 - in advance to make arrangements. The 8th Grade Open House will begin in the school’s Performing Arts Center, which is located on the southwest side of campus. Lemont High School is located at 800 Porter Street in Lemont.
PLACEMENT EXAM SCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9
Lemont High School again will administer a placement exam to all of its incoming freshmen. This exam is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Saturday, November 9, and is mandatory for all incoming freshmen.
Initial course placements in English, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies will be made based on the results of the EXPLORE test, as well as standardized test scores provided by grade schools. Utilizing multiple points of data helps ensure students are placed at the most appropriate academic level from the outset of their high school careers.
On November 9, students are asked to arrive on campus no later than 8:45 a.m. Students should be dropped off at the school’s main entrance - i.e., the “Archway” entrance - off of Porter Street. They will be directed to their assigned testing rooms from there.
Testing will begin promptly at 9 a.m. Students will take three subtests (English, Reading, Mathematics) of the EXPLORE exam. On the Mathematics subtest, students may use a scientific calculator or a non-QWERTY graphing calculator, but will not be permitted to utilize CAS calculators or calculators on mobile devices (phones, iPads, etc.).
Students will be provided with a No. 2 pencil to use that morning. Testing is expected to be completed between 10:45-11 a.m. Parents who arrive early can wait for their children in the North Lot, which is located directly in front of the “Archway” entrance.
Parents/guardians or students who have questions concerning placements should contact the Division Chair for that subject. English Chair Mark Cannon (email@example.com) may be reached at (630) 243-3253; Mathematics Chair Kathy Young (firstname.lastname@example.org) may be reached at (630) 243-3263; Science Chair Scott Collins (email@example.com) may be reached at (630) 243-3266; and Social Studies Chair Rick Prangen (firstname.lastname@example.org) may be reached at (630) 243-3243.
Incoming freshmen who have a scheduling conflict on November 9 still will need to take the placement exam. Parents/guardians of students with such conflicts should contact Principal’s Secretary Cheryl Wyss at (630) 243-3222 at their earliest convenience.
Lemont High School’s Special Education Department will receive the Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) and Section 504 Plans for all Old Quarry Middle School students prior to the placement exam, and will implement the appropriate accommodations detailed in the plans for those students. A student’s end time may extend past the standard dismissal time based on his/her accommodations; all testing will be completed in one day. Parents/guardians of students with Special Education needs who do not attend Old Quarry Middle School should contact the Special Education Department at (630) 243-3220 to discuss the appropriate accommodations.
NOTE FOR PARENTS OF STUDENTS ENROLLED IN CATHOLIC/PRIVATE 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.
Parents/guardians of Catholic or private school students who are considering attending Lemont High School next year are encouraged to visit the school’s 8th Grade Open House on November 6 to learn more about the wealth of opportunities Lemont High School offers its student population. Additionally, these students should attend the school’s placement exam, which will be held on the morning of November 9.
Parents/guardians of students who currently are enrolled in any private school but are considering attending Lemont High School next year are encouraged to visit the New Student Enrollment page. Once there, parents/guardians should follow the instructions for non-Old Quarry Middle School students.