Frequently Asked Questions for prospective Freshman and their families
How do I know when it is time to register my child for high school?
In your child’s 7th grade year at SICS, it is recommended to begin exploring options for high school. There are various future student nights and open hours tours offered by the neighboring public and non-public high schools. Please see the resource tab for a list of the most selected schools.
If my child is attending a public high school, will the high schools within my district send information on registration?
In most cases, no. To secure information on enrollment, future student nights and open house tours, it is recommended the parent contact the selected high school within the 7th grade year of the student.
Does SICS begin the high school registration process for my student or does the high school within my school district automatically register my incoming freshman for the up and coming school year?
No. It is the responsibility of the parent to begin the registration process directly with the school of choice.
Is my 8th grader required to take a high school entrance exam?
Depending on the school of choice, your student may not have to take an entrance exam. However, most non-public schools do require an entrance exam for acceptance and/or placement.
When are non-public high school entrance exams usually scheduled?
Most take place in November and December, with results following in January.
How is the proficiency of my student measured for appropriate placement into Advanced level high school courses?
Most non-public high schools offer proficiency testing in the Spring of the incoming school year to measure appropriate placement.
If IOWA (standardized) tests are not required in 8th grade, how will my child be placed in appropriate level high school courses?
In most cases, standardized test scores from 7th grade and a teacher recommendation are sufficient. Please check with your school’s requirements.
For a list of High School websites and Admissions representatives, please see the public and non-public high school resource pages within the “Pathway to High School” pull down menu.