Dear Parents/Guardians of current 8th Grade Students:
We are pleased to let you know that we are in the beginning stages of preparing your child for the ninth grade at Great Neck North High School. Throughout high school, your child will have many opportunities to take elective courses starting as early as next year. In early February, school counselors from North High will visit your child’s English class to begin the high school registration process. At the conclusion of this presentation, your child will be given a link to the list of Freshman Elective Offerings and Google Form through which they will rank their top five choices. Links to both are below.
Please review the above Freshman Elective Offerings and Google Form with your child as your approval is required. Once selections are made, your child will need to submit the form by February 16, 2024.
The North High School course catalog includes full course descriptions and can be found here.
Our teachers are in the process of making course recommendations for high school placement. These recommendations will be finalized at the end of the year. In an effort to better inform you of this process, the requirements for Honors Placement in North High School are as follows:
Math: Placement in Geometry Honors requires a minimum course grade of 90% in Algebra I and a teacher recommendation.
English: English 9 Honors is not offered as a separate course. Ninth grade students enrolled in an English 9 Regents class have the opportunity to pursue honors-level study and credit by achievement. English 9 Regents teachers will explain the criteria for an English Honors designation early in the school year.
Social Studies: Ninth grade students enrolled in a Social Studies 9 Global Regents class will be given the opportunity to earn honors credit within their Social Studies class. Social Studies 9 Regents teachers will explain the criteria for a Social Studies Honors designation early in the school year.
Science: Eighth grade Algebra students will be considered for Physics 9 Honors placement at North High School. Placement in this course is dependent upon a student’s Quarter 1 and 2 combined average in Honors Algebra I and Earth Science in 8th grade, as well as teacher recommendations. Space in this course is limited, and so only a select number of students will be considered.
North High also offers academic support programs. Descriptions of these classes are as follows:
Math: Students designated by their Math 8 teachers as needing additional instruction to master the concepts and skills of Algebra I will take Algebra I with a Lab, a course that provides an extra period of math on alternate days for support.
Study Skills: The Study Skills Center offers classes for all grades and addresses a wide range of abilities. Students receive help with their academic coursework with which they are struggling. Pre-teaching and review are included in the instruction. Emphasis is placed on reading comprehension of materials in all curricula. Skills and instructional strategies are addressed in the context of the content material. Skills that are addressed are those necessary for success in all classes. These skills include time management and organizational skills, test-taking strategies, detail writing from expository material, the use of interpreting graphics and visual aids (such as webs, cause-effect, charts, and outlines), vocabulary development, critical reading/writing/thinking, and thematic document-based essay writing. Eighth grade teachers will recommend students for placement in study skills based on their performance in eighth grade.
If you have any questions, please contact either the subject area teachers or your child’s school counselor, Mr. Jonathan Woods at firstname.lastname@example.org or 516-441-4524 or Dr. Tracey Segal at email@example.com or 516-441-4521.
We hope that you find this information useful.
Gerald Cozine, Ed. D.