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Incoming Freshmen

Date(s): May 5 (A-L) and May 12 (M-Z)
See details for language, math, and performing art proficiency testing.


Benchmark Testing, Proficiency Testing and Auditions

Starting high school with the right foundation helps prepare students down the line. 

Math
ALL freshmen will be taking a math benchmark test. Below are the dates:
  • May 5 (A-L) 9:30AM-12:30PM
  • May 12 (M-Z)  9:30AM-12:30PM
The Math 1 Benchmark Test will take approximately one hour, and students will not be allowed to use a calculator on the exam.  Students should bring a pencil.

We encourage all students to arrive early so testing can begin promptly.  Students will be allowed to leave once their testing is complete.

The benchmark exam will be used to determine math course placements for next year.
  • If a student takes the CPS Algebra Exit Exam, we will use the benchmark and the Algebra Exit Exam results to determine his/her placement.  Students that take the Algebra Exit Exam still must take the math benchmark exam.
  • If a student does not take the CPS Algebra Exit Exam, we will use the benchmark exam to determine his/her placement for next year.   
Any student that is interested in being placed into Math 3 (Algebra 2) must take the Jones Math 2 Placement Test.  This test will be held immediately following the benchmark test in May.  This test will last approximately one hour, and students will be allowed to use a non-CAS graphing calculator on this exam.  Calculators will not be provided for the students, so students wishing to use one must bring their own.

Any student that cannot attend on the benchmark test on his/her indicated date or have additional questions should contact Math Department Co-Chair Kim Bowman KLBowman@cps.edu

 
World Language
Freshmen interested in placing into advanced language courses (level 2, 3 or 4) should take the proficiency test.
  • May 5 (A-L) 8:00-9:30AM
  • May 12 (M-Z) 8:00-9:30AM
If you have questions regarding testing please contact Mrs. Jamie Riste at jrriste@cps.edu

Vocal Music

Any freshmen interested in placing into advanced or intermediate choir are being asked to sit for an audition.
  • May 12 10-12:00PM (M-Z), 1-3:00PM (A-L)
If you have any questions please contact Choir Director, Kathryn Colby at ktcolby@cps.edu

​​​​​​​Instrumental Music
Any freshmen interested in placing into advanced orchestra are being asked to sit for an audition.

UPDATE (5/1/2018)- Due to an unexpected scheduling conflict, Mr. Menzies is unable to see students on May 12th.  Please see the new schedule below: 
  • May 5 (A-L) 9:00-11:00AM
  • May 5 (M-Z) 11:00-2:00PM
If you have any questions please contact Instrumental Music Director, Mr. Frank Menzies at FLMenzies@cps.edu