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Grades 9 & 10

9th and 10th grades are a time of great transitions. Your scholar is entering high school and exploring ideas about their future. This guide provides an overview of the academic standards and social emotional milestones that your child will experience this year. Academic standards are important because they help ensure that all scholars are prepared for success. This guide provides ideas of supporting your child as they begin to make plans for their future. Use this guide to help you speak with your child’s teacher about their progress and growth over the year as well as to begin planning for your child’s post-secondary experience.

A Guide to Your Scholar's Success

SOCIAL & EMOTIONAL - Nineth & Tenth Grade Milestones

  • Crave adult connection even while fighting for their own identity; need adults to listen and negotiate rules and requirements
  • Often embarrassed to be seen with parents; can be critical of parents’ dress, habits, friends, and ideas
  • Social circle is large and varied; includes a diverse group of friends
  • Very anxious to be liked
  • Exploring own sexual identity
  • Adult personality continues to develop
  • Typically, loud and rambunctious
  • Like to be busy and involved in many extracurricular activities
  • Safe, positive rites of passage can be important to emerging sense of self
  • Can be a pain at home and a star at school
  • May give in to peer pressure to see doing well in school as “nerdy” or “uncool”
  • Service projects, student government, class dances, sporting events, and other group undertakings often lead to a first career interest
  • Begin to develop distinctive sense of humor; can be extremely funny and creative
  • Generally happy and easy-going
  • Recognize own strengths and weaknesses


Q: Who do I contact if I have a concern about my child?
A: First, always contact your scholar’s teacher/s and discuss your concern. If your concern has not been fully addressed, you can contact the school counselor or principal.
Q: How do I stay informed about my child's progress in every class they take?
A: ParentVUE allows you to see all of your child’s courses, assignments, and current grades. If you have a concern about your child’s grade, first, ask your child to speak with their teacher in that class. Your child should ask what they can do to improve the grade and make a plan to do so. If you are still concerned, contact your child’s teacher directly to see how you can support your child’s success in that class.


All scholars learn best when they experience physical and emotional safety in classrooms and schools. Scholars and families should expect to see the following adult actions: 

  • Provide a welcoming environment to support building trusting, encouraging relationships with all families.
  • Prioritize scholar voice and participation in shaping the learning and classroom culture.
  • Teach for understanding to assure scholars have high expectations and academic supports to grow intellectually.
  • Focus on scholar cooperation to encourage scholars to learn from and help others.
  • Implement school-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports so that all scholars and adults live out their shared beliefs and actions that make school a safe and fun place to learn.
  • Teach social and emotional learning skills and strategies during morning meetings and reinforce SEL skills throughout the school day.

High School & Beyond Plan Checklist

Each year, middle and high school scholars are required to complete components to build their High School and Beyond Plan (HSBP).

Click here to access the HSBP Checklist

Getting Ready for College & Career

The ABC's for College & Career Readiness


Scholars who maintain good attendance through all years of school:

  • Achieve grade level standard at a higher rate
  • Graduate from high school at a higher rate
  • Develop good habits that contribute to success in school and in future careers
  • For each day a scholar is absent it takes an average of three days to catch up.

Behavior & Social Emotional Learning

The purpose behind Culturally-Responsive Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (CR-PBIS) is to make schools more effective, efficient, and equitable learning environments for all scholars. By teaching scholars expectations and acknowledging positive behavior, adults increase the predictability, consistency, positive climate, and safety of all at school. Social emotional learning lessons are taught and embedded throughout the school year. To learn more about CR-PBIS and social emotional learning at your school, contact your scholar's teacher or principal.

Course Performance

  • Grades K–2: Learning how to read
  • Grade 3: Reading on grade level
  • Grade 6–7: Passing ELA and math courses
  • Grades 8–9: Passing Algebra 1
  • Grade 9: Passing grade 9 courses earning 6 credits
  • Grades 10–12: Passing an advanced course (AP, IB, CAMBRIDGE)

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