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Freshman Class Information

Freshman Class Information

All first year ninth grade students and their parent/guardian to attend a registration session prior to admission to the high school for attendance during the upcoming school year. The registration session will include the following:

A presentation by the administration and counseling staff that will provide incoming students and their parents with information about:

  • Graduation requirements
  • Behavioral expectations
  • Attendance and tardiness policies
  • Academic, athletic, and extra-curricular opportunities
  • General high school policies and procedures
  • Collection of student information forms and other required documents
  • ID (Pictures only. IDs will be distributed at the 9th grade orientation.)
  • Distribution of student schedules
  • Book deposit
  • School Pictures

Note: Books will be distributed at the 9th grade orientation.

Registration – August

Sessions for students entering the 9th grade and their parent/guardian will be held in the summer just before school begins. Be sure to check dates and register online prior to attending a registration session at

Parents/guardians and students who are not able to attend will be provided additional make-up sessions prior to and after the start of the school year. Students will not receive a schedule or be allowed to attend classes until they have completed the registration process with their parent or guardian.

Note: Make-up sessions will require students and their parent/guardian to view a video of the presentation prior to completing the other registration requirements.

Meeting your counselor

It is important that freshman and their parents meet their counselor. Parents and students can make appointments to meet with their counselor by stopping in to the guidance office, calling, or e-mailing their counselors. Since counselors work with their students for four years, they are looking forward to getting to know them!

Freshman advising – Getting off to a good start!

Counselors present a guidance lesson to all freshman students in their successful living class. Students will be introduced to career exploration on the career cruising website. Students will also update their educational development plan (EDP).

Counselors will be giving a presentation to freshman early in the fall of 2013 which will include an explanation of credits, calculating the GPA, opportunities for extracurricular activities, etc. The presentation can be accessed through the following link:



Read! Read! Read!

Research shows that the more a child reads, the better they will perform in all subjects, and the better they will be prepared for national tests such as the ACT, SAT, PSAT and PLAN. The following link is a great resource for suggested reading to better prepare for college:

Suggested reading list for college bound students

Freshman and their parents are encouraged to request an individual meeting with the counselor as well. At that meeting the counselor will work with the student to explore their options while at West Ottawa High School and work on a four year curriculum plan.

It’s not too early for students to be thinking about their career and college options, and all students are encouraged to use the resources and expertise their counselor has to offer.

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