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9th Grade Placement Letter - May 14
Welcome to Norwich Free Academy (NFA) Class of 2024!  We are so excited that you have chosen NFA as your high school.  We are committed to your success and we will do all we can to ensure that you have a terrific experience during the next four years.
 
Listed below are your CORE academic course assignments for next year.  These course assignments are based upon the following factors: your daily academic performance in grade 8; your teacher recommendation; and your performance on district standardized tests and the High School Placement Test (HSPT). 
 
For a better understanding of each course recommendation, please review the following course-level descriptions:
 
Honors Level Courses (005)
Courses designed for students who have demonstrated a high aptitude for academics, a true desire to learn new information and skills, and who have consistently demonstrated a motivation to be an independent and thoughtful learner.  Students in the honors classes can expect a multi-tiered rigorous curriculum with high expectations for independent work to be completed both within and outside the classroom environment.
 
College Preparatory Courses (004)
Courses designed for students who have demonstrated academic success in the core concepts of writing, reading, and math.  Students in college preparatory courses demonstrate an interest in learning and have a strong work ethic.  They are expected to complete both in-class assignments and homework. 
 
Two and Three-Level Courses (002/003)
Courses designed for students who have a need for a curriculum that focuses on a skill-based approach to teaching the core concepts of the course.  Students in these courses learn valuable study skills and are provided ongoing opportunities for review and reinforcement of needed skills during classroom instruction.
 
We will automatically enroll you in the CORE academic courses listed above.  If you have questions or concerns about the courses listed, please contact Guidance and School Counseling Department Head, Jessica Vocatura, at vocaturaj@nfaschool.org and Cranston House Principal, Bryant Sheldon, at sheldonb@nfaschool.org by Thursday, June 4, 2020.
 
In early August, you will receive an invitation to schedule a pre-school conference meeting with a member of the 9th-Grade faculty.  At this meeting, you will receive your complete 2020-2021 Grade 9 schedule which will include your core academic and elective courses.
 
[Note 1] If your child receives special education services, this information may change depending on the annual review/transition Planning and Placement Team (PPT) meeting discussion.
 
[Note 2] Your results on the High School Placement Test (HSPT) which was administered in the spring to all incoming NFA ninth-grade students are also included in this mailing.  More information is available about scores on the HSPT Parents Page at http://ststesting.com/hspt/. 
 
We are confident that you will have a successful ninth-grade experience, and we are here to assist you with a smooth transition to high school.  For more information regarding being an incoming 9th-grade student at NFA, be sure to visit https://www.nfaschool.org/incoming.  This page contains links to recommended reading for all students, mandatory reading and assignments for honors English and math classes, NFA’s course catalog, summer programming, and other upcoming events for the incoming class of 2024. 
 
If you have any additional questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at 860-425-5770.
 
Sincerely,
Bryant Sheldon
Cranston House Principal