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8th Grade Information

Hello, we are very excited to work with you!  Your eighth grade year is one of the most important transition years in your life.  Soon you will be walking the halls of Anderson High School as a ninth grader.  As your counselors, we are available to assist you with a variety of questions, issues and concerns including 21st Century Scholars information, academic help, scheduling questions, conflict resolution, guidance, mental health resources, etc.  We serve as an advocate for you!  To contact us you can email us or visit us in Student Affairs.


21st Century Scholars

Indiana started the 21st Century Scholars program in 1990 to ensure that all students could afford a college education.  Income eligible 7th and 8th grade students who enroll in the program and fulfill a pledge of good citizenship are guaranteed to receive four years of FREE undergraduate tuition at any participating Indiana public college or university.  Students are required to apply for 21st Century Scholars by the end of their 8th grade year.  Do not miss out of this great opportunity!  The counselors will hold two events, one in the fall and one in the spring, that will allow students and their families to register for 21st Century Scholars with the help of our 21st Century Scholar representative.  The application is online and only takes around 20 minutes to complete.  Please see me with any questions. 


Homework Help

Highland Middle School proudly offers FREE after-school homework help Monday through Thursday from 2:45 p.m. until 4 p.m. in the cafeteria.  There are teachers available to provide you with help on your school work and a free snack and transportation (by Activity Bus) are provided as well.  Please see us for more information! 


The Homework Hotline is another free resource for students.  Tutors, Rose-Hulman college students, are trained to help with math and science homework.  They are available from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m., Sunday through Thursday via telephone, chat session or email.  Visit Ask Rose for more information.


We hope you take advantages of these incredible resources!


8th Grade Classes

Each eighth grade student will be placed on one of three teams: University of Alabama, Florida, or Naval Academy.  Each team consists of teachers who teach Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, or Math.  The teaming concept helps provide a better transition to middle school as the teachers communicate daily about student concerns as well as work together to plan specific team events.  Every student takes the following one semester electives during their eighth grade year: Preparing for Colleges and Careers (HS credit) and Personal Finance (HS credit).  Remember, this is an important year for you.  Your work ethic this year will follow you to high school.  Make sure you try your best each and every day and don’t forget to ask for help when needed.


“There is no elevator to success.  You have to take the stairs.”  --Helen Hayes (Award Winning Actress)


What to Expect in 8th Grade

We will work you throughout the school year to complete the high school planning process.  In September, I will meet with you during your Preparing for Colleges and Careers class to review graduation plans, diploma requirements, 21st Century Scholars information, and high school terminology.  In January, your counselors will meet with you to help you select your high school courses.  It is important to review this information with you parent/guardian.  Students will also register for their classes online with the help of the middle school counselors and will receive a copy of their course requests.  To become more familiar with the high school, students will have the opportunity to participate in a high school tour in the spring.