Course Selection and Transition Information

Course selection and transitions to new grades are important processes at Wellesley Middle School. Information regarding these processes will be sent home a variety of ways; with students, through messages from the principal, or from the PTO blast.  We hope you find the timeline below helpful. Dates are subject to change. 

5th to 6th Grade Course Selection and Orientation Information:

Parents will receive course selection forms and other transition information in March and April of 2019 during spring parent-teacher elementary school conferences, and via email from middle school Principal Mark Ito and Department Head of Guidance Kate Mahoney.  Here are upcoming dates to put on your calendar: 

  • March 28, 2019 6:30 pmWMS Auditorium.: 5th to 6th Parent Night: Wellesley Middle School
  • April 10, 2019 9:00 am  Special Education Presentation for parents of students with IEP's, Wellesley Middle School Faculty Dining Room 
  • Elementary Schools visit WMS: May 23rd: Schofield, Hunnewell, Fiske, May 28th: Upham, Hardy, May 30: Sprague, May 31: Bates and Non-Public Schools 
  • May 10, 2019 9:00-10:30 a.m  5th grade parent workshop:  Parent and Student Panel, Middle School Cafeteria 

6th to 7th Grade Course Selection:

Students can choose languages for study in 7th grade and will make other selections for 7th grade.  Counselors will instruct 6th grade students regarding 7th grade choices on:  

  • February 4, 2019 

7th to 8th Grade Course Selection:

7th grade Math teachers will make recommendations for eighth grade Math levels in February of 2019. Students are recommended for Algebra 8R, Algebra 8, Concepts in Algebra, or small group Math. Please refer to our Program of Studies for more information. Students will register for classes online after watching counselor presentations and discussing some course options with teachers and parents.  Counselor presentations to students will be: 

  • The week of March 18, 2019
  • 8th to 9th Grade Course Selection and Orientation Information:
8th grade course selection  is an involved process. Counselors enjoy helping eighth graders prepare for Wellesley High School. (Parents interested in vocational programs, should contact guidance counselors to discuss options) 
  • January 30, 2019, 5:45 pm. Parent Night at Wellesley High School for parents of incoming 9th graders
  • February 5, 2019 and February 7, 2019  8th grade students go by teams to tour the high school. 
  • February 8, 2019: Middle School counselors visit 8th grade classrooms and discuss high school schedule, class levels, and elective offerings. 
  • February 25, 2019-March 8, 2019: Middle School counselors meet with each eighth grader individually to review choices for high school. Students decide with parents on levels and electives. 
  • March 15, 2019 Signed (parent/guardian) verification forms due back to room 312
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Kathryn Mahoney,
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