Carlmont High School


Carlmont's 8th Grade TransitionTop of Page

8th Grade Parents and Guardians:

The 8th Grade Transition Team is comprised of the Principal of Carlmont High School and a group of parent volunteers representing the middle school feeder communities. Throughout the school year, we will host a series of events to provide you and your student with information about Carlmont’s academic program and student enrichment programs, so that you will have the information necessary to choose the most appropriate high school for your student. Each event has a different goal or purpose. You will find a brief description of each event on our calendar.

Our team also publishes a monthly newsletter called the Carlmont Corner. It is distributed to 8th grade families at Nesbit, Ralston and Tierra Linda (and as a courtesy to Central & Charter) and is posted each month on this site. If you attend another school and would like to join our mailing list and have information emailed to you, please use the link below. 

8th Grade Transition Calendar of EventsTop of Page

Calendar of events for students entering high school in 2018

Carlmont's 8th Grade Transition Team will host a variety of events during the upcoming school year for 8th grade students and their parents or guardians. Our goal is to familiarize future Scots and their families with the wonderful experience Carlmont High School offers!  

  • Shadowing - Students only. October - January. Carlmont's shadowing program offers two options for 8th grade students: individual or group shadowing.  Students are invited to shadow only once. The objective of our shadowing program is to offer students an opportunity to experience a day on campus. Shadowing registration opens on October 1st. Scroll down for detailed information on this program.

  • 8th Grade Parent Information Night Parents only. October 17, 2017. This is our largest event and is intended to provide a broad overview of the academic program at Carlmont. We offer a campus tour prior to the program. Scroll down for detailed information on this event.

  • Student and Parent Forums - Students and Parents. January-March. We offer three Forums (attend one). This is an informal opportunity to learn more about student life at Carlmont High School and to ask questions of current students, parents, teachers and staff. Campus tours will be offered prior to the Forum. Registration will begin in DecemberScroll down for detailed information on this event.

  • Counseling Department’s 8th Grade Parent Info Night - Parents only. March 2018  - stay tuned for date. This event will provide a review of the registration process for students from feeder AND non-feeder schools. Scroll down for detailed information on this event.

  • Carlmont Academic Foundation (CAF) Dessert Reception – Parents only. Spring 2018 – stay tuned for date.  A panel comprised of Carlmont teachers and administrators will speak about Carlmont and the transition from 8th grade to high school. Scroll down for detailed information on this event.

  • Freshman Parent Information Night  - Parents only. August 2018 – stay tuned for date (typically scheduled for the week before school starts).  This event will cover everything you need to know about getting your freshman off to a good start at Carlmont. Scroll down for detailed information on this event.
  • Newsletter Students and Parents. Monthly. We publish the Carlmont Corner newsletter each month to provide families with comprehensive information about upcoming events, deadlines, registration, address verification and more. The newsletter is distributed to our feeder schools and posted here each month. Scroll down for more detailed information.

In addition to these events, opportunities are available to attend sporting events, music, drama, choral and dance performances. Visit the calendar on the Carlmont website for the most up-to-date information.

Carlmont's Shadowing Program Top of Page

October 2017 -  January 2018

What is Shadowing?

  • An opportunity for your 8th grade student to be on the Carlmont campus during a school day.
Does my 8th grader need to shadow at Carlmont?
  • No, but if your 8th grader thinks it will help them to choose a high school, they might wish to shadow.
  • Or, if your 8th grader is anxious about what high school is really like, they might wish to shadow.
Individual (one on one) Shadowing: October 2017 - January 2018
8th grade student will spend 1/2 of a school day including lunch period on the Carlmont campus accompanied by a Carlmont freshman host.  They will attend classes with their host and get to walk the halls experiencing life at Carlmont.  (No preferences for host or type of classes attended can be accommodated.)  This can be a good option for an 8th grader that is choosing between several high schools.
 
Group Shadowing:
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 or January 31, 2018, 1:15-3:00 p.m. in Student Union 
8th grade students can come with their friends on one of their early dismissal days to spend the afternoon at Carlmont.  Groups of 15 to 20 eighth graders led by 2-3 Carlmont students will get a tour of the campus, visit classrooms, speak with teachers and get a feel for life on campus.  This can be a good option for an 8th grader that plans to attend Carlmont and is ready to learn more about their high school. 
 

Why can't my 8th Grader participate in both individual and group shadowing?

  • We offer as many days for individual and group shadows as are allowable to maintain integrity of the classrooms.
How do we sign up our 8th Grader to Shadow?
  • Return to this website on October 1st to register.
  • When registration opens, CHOOSE the Individual or Group Shadowing option.
  • Both individual & group shadowing spaces are limited.  Please submit your registration as soon as possible.  It fills up quickly.
  • Individual shadowing registration ENDS on October 8th or when registration is FULL.

8th Grade Parent Information NightTop of Page

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 from 6 to 9 pm

Who should attend?

  • Parents who want to learn more about Carlmont academics.
  • This event focuses heavily on the 4-year curriculum at Carlmont.
  • Parents get to hear from the teachers of the four core subjects (Math, English, Science, Social Science) about pathways available from Freshman through Senior years offered by their departments.
  • There are also brief reports from electives and sports with follow-up contact information provided.

Why is this Event so long?

  • We offer optional student-led campus tours starting at 6:00 pm, which are the most extensive campus tour offered this year for parents. 
  • At 7:00, our formal program begins in Stogner gym with comments from our principal, electives and sports. 
  • Parents are then broken into smaller groups to circulate through nearby classrooms to hear from core subject educators. We expect to finish by 9:00 pm.
I already know my child is going to Carlmont, do I need to attend this night?
  • No, this night is informational only. 
  • It contains no specifics about registering an 8th grader for Carlmont.
  • It does not focus on the transition from 8th grade to Carlmont. 
Where is this event held?
  • Optional Campus Tours begin at the QUAD at 6:00 pm.  Last tour leaves 6:15 pm.
  • The formal program starts 7:00 pm in the Stogner gym.
  • Parking is available at the Senior Parking lot.  (2nd entrance coming from San Carlos or Belmont, across from Chula Vista). Walk straight to the top of the stairs and follow signs for directions. 
How do I sign up?
  • No RSVP needed.  
  • 8th Grade Parents ONLY - No students, siblings or families with students younger than 8th grade please!

8th Grade Student & Parent ForumsTop of Page

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 OR Thursday, February 8, 2018

OR Wednesday, March 7, 2018  - all from 7 to 8:30 pm 

Who Should Attend?

  • Parents AND 8th Grade Students who want to learn more about student life on Carlmont campus.
What is unique about this event?
  • Small setting allows for your questions to be asked & answered!
  • Panel of current Carlmont students presents great information about campus life and answers your questions. 
  • Panel of administrators and teachers also presents insightful information and answers your questions about transitioning to high school. 
  • Student-led campus tours available tonight. 
  • INSIDER TIP – Sign up to attend the Forum in January or February and you will benefit from smaller audience!

I already know my child is going to Carlmont, do I need to attend this night?

  • No, this night is informational only. 
  • It contains no specifics about registering an 8th grader for high school and does not focus on academics at Carlmont.
Where is this event held?
  • Optional Campus Tours begin at the Carlmont Library at 7:00 pm. 
  • The forum is from 7:30 - 8:30 pm in the Carlmont Library.
  • Parking is available at the Senior Parking lot.  (2nd entrance coming from San Carlos or Belmont, across from Chula Vista). Walk straight to the top of the stairs and follow signs for directions. 
How do I sign up?
  • RSVP is needed.  Check back here for a link in December.
  • Bring your 8th grade student with you! 

Counseling Department’s 8th Grade Parent Info NightTop of Page

March 2018  in Performing Arts Center - stay tuned for date

Who Should Attend?

  • ALL Parents of 8th Grade Students attending Carlmont in Fall 2018 (Parents Only).
  • If you only attend one event this year, this is THE one!
Why Should I Attend?
  • This meeting will provide a review of the registration process for students from feeder and non-feeder schools.
  • It will also include information on class selection, Carlmont High School's graduation requirements as well as those requirements necessary to apply to a four-year college.
How do I sign up?
  • No RSVP needed.
Where is this event held?
  • The presentation is in the Carlmont Performing Arts Center.
  •  Parking is available at the Senior Parking lot.  (2nd entrance coming from San Carlos or Belmont, across from Chula Vista). The Performing Arts Center is straight ahead at the top of the stairs. 

Carlmont Academic Foundation (CAF) Dessert ReceptionTop of Page

Spring 2018 in Student Union – stay tuned for date

Who Should Attend?

  • Parents interested in learning more about transitioning their 8th grader to Carlmont and parents interested in connecting with other Carlmont parents.
What is the program?
  • A panel comprised of Carlmont teachers (typically department chairs) and administrators will speak about Carlmont and the transition from 8th grade to high school. 
  • The panel will also answer your questions.
I already know my child is going to Carlmont, do I need to attend this night?
  • This night is informational only. 
  • It contains no specifics about registering an 8th grader for high school. 
How do I sign up?
  • RSVP is preferred.  Check back here for a link in the spring of 2018.

Freshman Parent Information NightTop of Page

August 2018 in Performing Arts Center– stay tuned for date (typically scheduled for the week before school starts)

Who Should Attend?

  • ALL Parents of Incoming Freshman. 
  • This meeting (held the week before school starts) will cover everything you need to know about getting your freshman off to a good start at Carlmont.
Why should I end my summer early to attend this event?
  • Staying informed will give you and your student the best chance to get their high school years off to a good start. 
  • Decrease anxiety for you and your student during the first few weeks of school by getting the most up-to-date information directly from Carlmont administration.
How do I sign up?
  • No RSVP needed.
Where is this event held?
  • The presentation is in the Carlmont Performing Arts Center.
  • Parking is available at the Senior Parking lot.  (2nd entrance coming from San Carlos or Belmont, across from Chula Vista). The Performing Arts Center is straight ahead at the top of the stairs. 

Carlmont Corner Monthly NewsletterTop of Page

Carlmont Corner Newsletter for 8th Grade Families

The Carlmont Corner newsletter is distributed monthly to feeder middle schools (Nesbit, Ralston and Tierra Linda) and is available as a link below on this page at the beginning of each month. You'll find announcements, reminders and information about upcoming events. Current and past issues can be found at the links below.

Contact 8th Grade TransitionTop of Page

Contact the 8th Grade Transition Team

If your student does NOT attend a Carlmont feeder school* (Nesbit, Ralston and Tierra Linda)**  and you would like to receive regular updates from the Carlmont 8th Grade Transition Team, Click here to join our mailing list! 

*Students at Nesbit, Ralston and Tierra Linda already receive this information through their schools.

**As a courtesy, students at Central & Charter already receive this information through their schools.

If you have a question, send an email to an 8th Grade Transition Team member: Questions for 8th Grade Transition

Questions regarding enrollment, class placement or registration should be directed to our Counseling department staff.