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Once you have established residency with Lynbrook High School (see the next questions for Residency information) you will receive (in the mail) a letter inviting you to one of three course registration evenings held at Lynbrook in early March. On this evening, all course offerings will be explained and students (with their parents) will register for classes. The Course Selection Guide is updated in the first few weeks of February. You can check the LHS website toward the end of February for the most up-to-date Guide. Year to year, there are very few changes.

 

On Saturday in late January of every year, a parent of every 8th & 10th grader within the Lynbrook attendance area must come to the Lynbrook High School Library with the appropriate required original documents and copies of same documents in order to establish that you do in fact live within the Lynbrook attendance area. If you cannot make this date, you must register at the Fremont Union High School District office. You must establish residency by the first week of February in order to be invited to our 8th Grade Course Selection Nights in early March. Contact the district’s residency office residency_office@fuhsd.org

 

There are no entrance tests or tuition fees. Our school provides text books at no cost to students unless students lose or damage the books.

You cannot meet with our staff, Guidance Counselors, Assistant Principals, etc. until you have established residency and you are actually enrolled at Lynbrook. At that time, we will have an initial meeting with you to help your student choose classes and make a schedule. We are not available in late June or July. Until you are enrolled, we do not respond to e-mail or phone inquires except to direct you to this list of Frequently Asked Questions. We encourage you to explore our website to learn about our school.

 

While we leave spaces in all classes for students who enroll in LHS during August, it is possible that if you enroll closer to the start of the school year, that space will not be available in certain classes.

 

We do not have the personnel available to offer campus tours nor can we accommodate prospective students to spend a day on campus attending classes, etc. If you are a student who already lives in the LHS attendance area but are attending a private school or you live locally and are thinking of moving into the LHS attendance area, we happily encourage you to attend a LHS performance or sporting event as a way of getting a 'feel' of the campus and our student body. Further, you are also welcome to arrive to campus after 3:00 and wander around. If you are out of the country and planning a trip to the San Jose area, we encourage you to do the same. Our calendar of events can be found on the homepage of our website.

 

In deciding what grade to place a student into, a student's age and previous course work will be considered. Every effort will be made to place a student in the class most closely related to a student's chronological age based on official and verified birth records.

 

Beginning in 2016, Lynbrook High School will not put any course taken at outside educational institution in the summer between the 8th and 9th grade year on your transcript. This follows the long standing practice of the four other high schools in our district. HOWEVER …

 

To be eligible to apply to the UCs you must complete a Geometry course taken in either middle school, in an accredited summer program, (in a traditional school setting or online) or geometry course taken in high school. We highly recommend the course be taken in middle school or high school, not in the summer.

If you are going to take a Geometry or Algebra I class in the summer, you must complete and submit the Request for Credit from Outside Educational Institution form which can be found on our website. Submit this form between March 10, 2017 and April 21, 2017.

 

A summer Geometry or Algebra I course will not be recorded on your transcript for a grade or credit. Rather, the official transcript/report card you submit to the LHS Registrar upon completion of the course, will be kept as verification for the UCs.

 

I am a current 9th, 10th and 11th Grader, can I take a summer class?

 

Parents often ask if their student can take a class during the summer to count for high school credit. Here are a couple of things to keep in mind:

If you are seeking credit for a summer class, you must download and fill out the form Request for Credit from an Outside Educational Institution. This form, along with all required documentation, must be submitted to the Lynbrook High School main office. We will notify you within one week from the day you submit the form, via e-mail, whether you are approved or not. Approval is not automatic. We strongly suggest that you do not pay summer school registration fees until you hear back from us.

 

The outside educational institution must be accredited. It would also be wise to make sure the UCs approve of the class, you can do this by going to:

 https://hs-articulation.ucop.edu/agcourselist#/list/search/all.  Since we do not recommend summer classes nor particular summer schools or online programs, you will have to do this research on your own.

 

FUHSD allows students to earn a maximum of 70 credits per year. All classes at LHS are year-long and if successfully completed, have a value of 10 credits per class. If your student takes a summer class for which they want to earn FUHSD credit, having the class recorded onto their FUHSD transcript, this class will count in the upcoming school year to their total credits earned.

 

If you received approval to take a class for credit, you must submit your student's official transcript before it will be recorded onto their FUHSD transcript. Submit your transcript to the LHS Registrar as early in August as possible.

 

Many students attend summer programs in math, science etc. These can be dynamic, enriching learning experiences. However, unless they are accredited high school academic programs, with pre-approval from us, via the 'Request for Credit from Outside Educational Institution form,' they cannot be used in the place of required classes or to skip levels of classes.

 

No. You cannot begin to earn high school credit until you are a high school student. To be clear: Any online course (Johns Hopkins CTY, EPGY, etc.), or a class from an accredited summer high school program (Mitty, St. Francis, etc.) taken any time before you graduate from 8th grade, cannot be counted for high school credit. For courses taken between the summer of your 8th and 9th grade year, see above "Can I take a summer class"?

 

  • How do I select a math course?

 

Beginning in the 2016-2017 school year,  Lynbrook eliminated offering a Math Challenge test for higher level math classes. If a student wants to skip Alg. II/Trig and/or Pre-Calculus Honors during course registration (Feb. & March), the student simply chooses the math course even if it is out of sequence. Algebra I and Geometry can never be skipped, they are required to graduate high school and to even apply to college. These courses can be taken either in middle school, an approved* summer school program or high school.

 

Having said this: Neither the Math Department nor the Guidance Counseling Department recommends that any student skip any math class. All staff strongly encourage ALL students to follow the math sequence.

 

Consider this:

  • Listen to and take seriously your math teacher’s recommendations!
  • While students can show strong performance in foundational courses such as Alg. I and Geometry earning grades of ‘A’, if they begin to skip levels of math, deficits and ‘holes’ in their math foundation often do not show up until the higher level math classes. Then, it is too late.
  • If a student chooses to skip a math level because he/she is planning to self-study or even take a course during the summer and does not, or if the student struggles once the course begins, it is extremely unlikely that the student will be able to choose a different math course.
  • If a student struggles, he/she can drop a math class. However, depending on what a student wants to study in college, many colleges want four years of math.
  • Students in a deficit situation can often spend multiple hours doing homework just to keep up, can feel discouraged and never fully recover from the holes in their mathematical foundation.
  • Skipping levels of math while also taking one or more honors or AP classes puts undue pressure on students.
  • A student who takes geometry in 9th grade could take AP Calculus in the senior year without skipping a single course in the math sequence! Great foundation. Happy kids! 
  • Unlike in years’ past, a student does not have to take a summer course or take a challenge test to skip a level of math. During course selection simply choose the math course you want to take.

 

 

Lynbrook is pleased to offer French, Japanese and Spanish levels I-V. Level IV of all languages is considered Honors and level V is Advanced Placement. AP Level is not offered to freshmen who place into AP Chinese based on their Chinese Placement Exam score.

 

  • One year of successful completion of a language in middle school has prepared a student for level I in high school.
  • Two years of successful completion of one of the above languages taken in middle school has prepared a student to take level II of the language in high school.
  • We do not have challenge/placement tests for skipping or placing out of language levels.

 

While most colleges require at least two levels of the same world language, (with three levels preferred) a world language is not a high school graduation requirement. Highly selective colleges prefer students advance to the highest levels possible in a world language.

 

A little information regarding Chinese:

ALL students, who have taken Chinese for two years in middle school and/or listen to or speak even a little bit of Chinese at home, must take the Chinese Placement exam. It is simply a diagnostic exam in order to place students into the proper level of Chinese. Link to Chinese Placement Exam information

 

This represents what LHS students typically take year to year. However, read the Course Selection Guide carefully. Some subjects listed in the table below are required, some are not.

9th Grade

10th Grade

11th Grade

12th Grade

Lit./Writing

World Lit./Writing

English

English

Biology

Chemistry

Science

Science

Math

Math

Math

Math

World Language

World Language

World Language

World Language

Elective

World History

US History

US Gov./Economics

PE

PE

Elective

Elective

 

As mentioned, FUHSD guarantees each student six classes IF a student chooses six classes. Students are welcome to request a 7th class, but this class is not guaranteed. All classes required for graduation must be in a student's first six choices.

 

No. PE for 9th grade is a state requirement. No 9th grade student can be exempt from PE. Students in 9th grade are strongly encouraged to go out for a LHS athletic team, and, depending on how many classes he/she is taking (six or less), a student could earn five elective credits for each successfully completed season of a LHS athletic team. However, in the 9th grade year no PE credit can be earned by being on a LHS athletic team.

 

Yes & no. The district policy is that you cannot 'double-up' in any one subject area in your first six classes. So, in your first six choices, you cannot choose two science classes or two world language classes, etc. However, you can choose a second science or world language class as a 7th class choice, which, as stated above, is not guaranteed. The reality is, due to limited section allocation (directly related to limited school funding), we rarely have space available for a student to take two of any subject area in any one year. You are more likely to get a 7th class if you are not choosing two classes in the same subject area. Again, a 7th class is not guaranteed.

 

Are you a beginner? In order to participate in instrumental music at LHS, you must have been playing the same instrument consistently for two to three years. We do not have a program for students just beginning an instrument.

 

A word about Marching Band & Concert Band. In 9th grade in order to be in Concert Band, you must also be in Marching Band. Stated another way: You cannot just be in Concert Band. Marching Band happens during your PE period. On your schedule it will list, 'PE Band'. Concert Band meets during one class period of the regular school day. Once Marching Band has ended in late-November, students will finish the first semester and the second semester of their 9th grade year in a PE class earning a full year of PE credit. While Marching Band will end in November, Concert Band will continue throughout the school year.

  

Are you new to LHS but not an incoming 9th grader? As above, you will need to have consistently played the same instrument for between 2 and 3 years. Further, for one of the ensemble groups, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble or Chamber Orchestra, you will need to audition.

 

If I still have questions and/or need to audition, who do I contact?

Mike Pakaluk michael_pakaluk@fuhsd.org. He will not respond to e-mail during summer break.

 

The Guidance Counselors will be happy to meet with you or your student after he/she begins the first day of high school. In the meantime, we are offering this list, though not exhaustive, of Frequently Asked Questions. Also, on the nights of 8th Grade Course Selection after the large group session, we have small break-out sessions led by our Guidance Counselors and Administrators. It is in these small group sessions that you can ask any questions that you have.

We know coming to high school can be a bit anxiety-provoking and you may have a number of questions. We will help you build your student's 9th grade schedule in a step-by-step method during the 8th Grade Course Selection Nights in late Feb. or early March. English, math, science and PE are all required courses for 9th graders. Most of our 9th grade students also take a World Language. English, Math, Science, PE and a World Language represent five out of a possible six guaranteed classes. This leaves one other elective class (a World Language is considered an elective as well.). While course selection may seem like a complicated process with lots of choices, it really is not. All other Guidance related questions, course planning for sophomore year and all questions related to college, etc. will happily be answered once your student has arrived at LHS.

 


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