You are NEVER alone
Teachers/ Coaches/ Administration
Other trusted adults & Family members
If there is EVER a situation you are
uncomfortable with, unsure of , confused or upset
about...speak with someone. We can work it out
Your Responses matter to us…
1. Reflect on a past problem you have had, how you felt and
how you overcame the issue and/or managed to deal with it?
2. Think about a current issue or concern you are facing, or
something/somebody you are concerned about. What can
you or others do to help the situation?
3. What are you most looking forward to in high school?
What excites you about the transition to high school?
4. What are your strengths? What are you good at? How do
you use these on a daily basis?
5. What are you curious about? What questions do you have
about High School?
6. What are your future goals and dreams? These can be
school related but could also link to your future self, many
years from now....
An Important message from the
HS Counseling Department
What you do in high school, colleges will know!
Teacher Letters of Reference
Becoming the person you will be for the rest of your life…
This really can be a Fresh Start
What colleges want to see?
They want to see that you are challenging
yourself to the best of your ability with the
courses you select.
They want to see the best possible grades you
are capable of achieving.
This allows them to “predict” how successful you
could be at their college.
They want to see a well rounded individual that
contributes to their high school and
community in a positive, enthusiastic way.
Diploma Options at ISM
IB Diploma + ISM High
Most Rigorous Offered
IB Certificates + ISM
High School Diploma
ISM High School
Least Rigorous Offered
ISM Graduation Requirements
(MINIMUM) – *think of 1 credit = 1 year
MIN. REQUIRED # of CREDITS
Fine & Performing Arts
After Grade 9?
(WHAT YOU WILL HAVE ACHIEVED)
Social Studies (2)
Modern Languages (2)
Fine & Performing Arts (2)
Physical Education (2)
Wellness/Computer Lit. (1)
What should I know now?
Being ‘unsure’ is okay
Grade 9 courses- some are a pathway to IB
Some IB courses have pre-requisites
Take special care with (as shown in your handout);
1. Modern Language
2. Technology Elective (one semester)
3. Fine and Performing Arts
IB Subject Flow (Math)
Math placement is determined by exam/test
scores, classroom performance and teacher
IB Subject Flow (Science)
Integrated Science 1
combines and integrates
the three content areas
of biology, chemistry
In grade 10 you will have
the choice of continuing
with Integrated Science
2, or specializing with a
full year course(s) in
either biology, chemistry
1) Modern Language option
Students are strongly
continue their modern
language from grade 8*
Colleges prefer that
students stick with one
French (grade 8)
French (grade 9)
switching to Filipino
Intro to Literature 1)
2) Technology Offering
Choose a semester long technology offering…