8th Grade High School Information Nights and 9th Grade Registration

High school enrollment is right around the corner for you and your 8th grade student.  We want to provide information to help your family make a successful transition into 9th grade.  This letter provides details about the informational meeting nights at the high schools, the “High School Choice” process, and high school counselor visits to the middle schools for registration.


An important component in the transition process are the informational meetings at the six LPS high schools* in January.  These meetings are designed to welcome you and your student into the high school and meet with counselors and instructional staff to learn about the opportunities available at that school.  Since students entering the ninth grade may choose the high school they want to attend in LPS, these meetings have been scheduled to give you the opportunity to attend more than one high school meeting before the January 31st deadline for submitting the “High School Choice” form (enclosed).

The schedule for informational meetings is:

Tuesday, January 10, 2017            North Star High School            6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017       East High School                     6:30 p.m.

Thursday, January 12, 2017          Southwest High School            6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017            Southeast High School             7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017       Northeast High School             6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017            Lincoln High                           6:30 p.m.

*Some students choose to participate in one of the specialty programs offered in LPS – Science Focus Program, Arts & Humanities Focus Program, Bryan Focus Program, International Baccalaureate (IB), and The Career Academy.  Students enrolled in a specialty program are also enrolled as a student at one of the six comprehensive LPS high schools.


In February and early March, high school counselors will come to the LPS middle schools to meet with students who are planning to enroll at their high school. At that time, high school counselors will discuss graduation requirements, answer questions about the high school curriculum, and register 8th grade students for 9th grade courses.  Students will be participating in pre-registration activities with their 8th grade counselors before the high school counselor visits.  Dates for the high school counselor visits will be communicated by high schools and middle schools.  Please watch for that information.


Among the most important decisions being made by students and their parents/guardians are those related to the high school they will attend and the courses they will choose to meet graduation requirements and support their educational and career plans.


We look forward to your attendance at the informational meetings so counselors, department chairpersons, and administrators will be able to greet you and assist you and your student as they begin the transition from middle school to high school.

If you have questions, please call the high school counseling center:


Lincoln High School          402-436-1301

East High School               402-436-1302

Northeast High School       402-436-1303

Southeast High School       402-436-1304

North Star High School      402-436-1305

Southwest High School      402-436-1306


Information about the focus schools and specialty programs offered at LPS can be found below, under the Schools tab at www.lps.org or by contacting a school counselor. Please note that transportation is now available to students attending Focus Programs.

High School Information Night for 8th Graders

Shared information will revolve around the LPS High School Focus Programs, LPS International Baccalaureate Program, JROTC, & The Career Academy

These duplicate sessions will present information about the opportunities these LPS programs provide for high school students looking for a different kind of high school experience.

Monday, October 3rd – Southwest High School auditorium 6:00-7:00 p.m.


Tuesday, October 11th – Lincoln High School auditorium 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Both sessions are open to the families of ALL students, no matter which high school you plan to attend.

Speakers will give information about: the process of selecting a high school, LPS Focus Programs (Science, Arts & Humanities, and Bryan), the International Baccalaureate Program at Lincoln High, Air Force Junior ROTC program at Northeast, The Career Academy, Learn to Dream Scholarship Program, and EducationQuest.

If you have any questions about these special programs or transitioning to high school in general, you are encouraged to call the Counseling Center at your planned high school.

Arts and Humanities Open House: Thursday, November 3, from 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. at Arts.

Zoo School Open House:  Monday, November 7. They will have two sessions from 6:00 p.m.-6:45 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.-7:45 p.m. at the Zoo.

IB Academy Day: Saturday November 5th from 8:00-11:30

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 – North Star High School – 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 – East High School – 6:30 p.m.  

Thursday, January 12, 2017 –  Southwest High School – 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 – Southeast High School – 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 – Northeast High School – 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 – Lincoln High  – 6:30 p.m