Attention 8th Grade Parents: High School Scheduling Information & More!

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 6:24am

2019-2020 Course Registration Information - updated 1/17/19

High School Course selections for 8th grade students must be made by Friday, January 18th.  New for this year, course selections can only be made through the student’s Synergy account, but parents are able to view course recommendations and selections through their HCPSS Connect account.  We encourage all families to talk with their students about their course requests and choose the classes together. Students must select a total of 7 requested courses equaling 7 credits as well as 3 alternate courses. All Course Placement Review Forms must be submitted to Student Services by January 18.  If you have concerns about or disagree with any of the course recommendations, you may complete the reverse side of the course registration form and submit to Student Services.

The following resources should help with navigating the Synergy course registration process.

HCPSS Catalog of Approved Courses

Instructions for Course Registration

Course Request Instructional Video


Your child received his/her High School Registration Packet on Monday, January 7th.  This packet contains his/her High School Request Form (with teacher recommendations) as well as resources and materials that will be helpful when completing this process in Synergy.  HCPSS is no longer using paper copies for schedule requests.  All course requests must be entered into Synergy.  If you require assistance with this process; Mrs. Bradley will be available at LRHS to assist parents with completing the course scheduling process in Synergy before and after the presentation at Long Reach HS on Jan. 9th.


Mrs. Bradley will also offer drop-in computer assistance to parents on Thursday, January 10 from 7:30am - 12:00pm in the MWMS Media Center.


Your child’s schedule information must be completed in Synergy no later than January 18th.



  • January 7:  Students will receive their scheduling packets with teacher recommendations listed in ELA classes
  • Jan. 7 - 18: Students and parents review, complete and lock the online Synergy process for schedules.
  • January 9: LRHS Scheduling Night for rising 9th grade students - 6:30 pm.
  • January 10: Counselor available in the MWMS Media Center to assist parents with accessing Synergy to add the course requests from 7:30am - 12:00pm.
  • January 18:  Deadline for students and parents to complete this process in Synergy – you will be not able to access after this date. 
  • January 18:  Priority deadline to submit Course Placement Reviews
  • January 23 & 24   Mrs. Bradley will conduct minute meetings with all 8th grade students in ELA classes


Parent Scheduling Night at LRHS:

For 8th Grade parents and students attending Long Reach next year.....



January 9, 2019 @ 6:30pm

8th Grade Parents: LRHS Auditorium



Noche de Programción Para los Padres

9 de enero de 2019 @ 6:30pm

Padres con Hijos En el Octavo Grado : Auditorio De LRHS

Get the most up to date and in depth course scheduling information.  The night will begin with presentations based on grade level:


Incoming 9th Grade - Auditorium
Rising 10th – 12th Grade (current high school students) - Cafeteria


Following these sessions, parents and students can visit the elective fair to learn more about specific classes from staff members.  Student Services will be open for questions and will provide laptops to complete course requests before you leave!




If your child is planning to apply to a private high school or the JROTC program please refer to the instructions listed below.


Private School Applications:

Please note all requests for private school applications including teacher recommendations need to be directed to Erin Clark, Student Services Secretary at 410.313.5025 or  Ms. Clark will coordinate the school's part of the application including getting teacher recommendation forms to the teachers and mailing the requested information to the school.  Please note that we need a two week turn around time.  If items are sent directly to the teachers and not Ms. Clark it will delay the process.  We will do our best to expedite the process but cannot guarantee anything.  Please plan ahead.


How to Participate in JROTC

Please note that some schools may require a written application essay or other pre-interview materials.

  • Schedule an Interview
    • Students must contact a JROTC official at school of interest to schedule an interview and submit an application if required.
    • The window to request an interview is November 29, 2018 – January 11, 2019.
    • Once you have your interview scheduled, notify Ms. Clark at 410.313.5025 so she can gather the required school records.  You will also need to let her know which teacher is writing your recommendation.  The day before your interview, a sealed envelope containing the requested information (including the teacher recommendation) will be sent home with the student.


  • Complete the Interview
    • Final date for interviews is January 18, 2019.
    • Students will be interviewed by the JROTC instructor at their school of interest.


  • Register
    • Distribution of the approval/denial/waitlist letters will be on February 4, 2019.
    • If accepted into a program, students must contact the registrar office by February 15, 2019.


Atholton High


6520 Freetown Road, Columbia, MD 21044

Principal – Robert Motley

JROTC Instructor – LTC (USA, Retired) William Reinhart, Senior Army Instructor,


Howard High


8700 Old Annapolis Road, Ellicott City, MD 21043

Principal – Nick Novak

JROTC Instructor – LTC (USA, Retired) Patricia Marshall, Senior Army Instructor,


Oakland Mills High


9410 Kilimanjaro Road, Columbia, MD 21045

Principal – Jeffrey Fink

JROTC Instructor – Major (USAF, Retired) Roger Gauert, Air Force Instructor,