For Grade 8 Students!

Attention DePaolo Grade 8 Students

This year is a very important year. Next year you will be entering high school and we want to help you be as prepared as possible. This section of the website will provide you with information pertaining to the Grade 8 to 9 transition. Check it regularly!

For more information about the SHS, follow the links below

Ninth Grade Academy

Project Lead the Way

Agricultural Science and Technology

Course selection information for students entering grade 9

If you have ANY questions please contact your school counselor.

Important Upcoming Dates:

****Beginning in December- Families can schedule individual/small group tours of HC Wilcox Technical High School. Call 203-317-5969 for more details or to schedule an appointment.

****To set up a tour at EC Goodwin Technical High School call 860-827-7726 and connect to the school counseling office.



Location and Times

November 6, 2019

Technical HS Open House

HC Wilcox Technical High School 5:30-7:30

November 8, 2019

9th Grade Classroom Visit

Science Classrooms


CT Technical HS


November 13, 2019

Auditorium Presentation, WL, Ag-Science, PLTW

JAD @ 8:15 AM

November 14, 2019

Technical HS Open House

EC Goodwin Technical High School 5:00-7:00 pm

November 20, 2019

HS 101

SHS auditorium 6:30 PM

January 8, 2020

Course Fair

SHS in the auditorium 6:00 JAD, 6:45 JFK

January 23, 2020

Elective Presentation by Department Leaders from



June 1, 2020

Club and Activities Fair

SHS Cafeteria

HS 101- Parent Orientation

All 8th grade parents/guardians are invited to attend Basics 101: An Evening for Middle School Families to Learn About High School. This presentation will take place in the SHS auditorium on November 20th, at 6:30pm. The Southington High School Counselors will be presenting and will help you with all the ins and outs of the high school transition. We encourage all to attend this very informative presentation. Come and learn about SHS, expectations for students, and the 9th Grade Academy.

9th Grade Academy Presentation

SHS Counselors will visit all 8th grade Science classrooms during the school day on November 8th. The SHS Counselors will give an introduction to the 9th Grade Academy, electives, and an overview of expectations as a SHS student.

SHS Course Fair

Southington High School will be holding the Course Fair for all 8th grade students and their parents on Wednesday, January 8th. The Course Fair begins at 6:00 pm in the SHS auditorium. This is a great chance to learn more about the courses you will take next year and to ask any questions of your future teachers and fellow students. This mostly self-guided program will last approximately 1 ½ hours.

Agricultural Science Program

The Ag-Science program offers:

  • Vet Technician
  • Companion Animal Service Industry
  • Landscape Design
  • Floral Design
  • Greenhouse Management
  • Shop Skills
  • Wildlife and Exotic Pets including Aqua Culture and Natural Resources

All 8th graders will see a presentation on Southington High School's Agricultural Science program (11/13/19). Applications will be available in the School Counseling Office following the presentations. Applications will be due to the School Counseling Office by December 6, 2019.

Project Lead the Way Assembly (PLTW)

All 8th grade students will attend a presentation about PLTW, a high school engineering program at SHS (11/13/2019).

PLTW applications are online and must be submitted to the counseling office by January 17, 2020. Applications can be downloaded at:

Level Recommendations- IMPORTANT INFO!!

***All academic teachers will make level recommendations for grade nine during the end of January. Parents and students will have an opportunity to review level recommendations.

For more details on course specifics and levels, please refer to The Southington High School Program of Studies which is posted on the SHS website, JAD website, or by clicking on the following link.

The 2019-2020 Program of Studies is available by clicking here.

We encourage you to speak with or e-mail teachers if you have any level questions. There is a great deal of assessment data that teachers take into consideration when making level recommendations.***

Student Life/Activity Fair

All 8th grade students and parents will have an opportunity to explore and learn more about sport programs, activities, and clubs that are offered at SHS on May 13, 2020.

Grade 9 Orientation at SHS

TBD All Incoming 9th Grade Students are invited to an Orientation at Southington High School. This event will include visits to SHS, schedules will be distributed and tours will be offered. Please contact SHS for more information.

Important Application Deadlines for Grade 8 Students


Deadline to hand in application to DePaolo

Private/Parochial Schools


Wilcox and Goodwin Tech

-any Tech High School app

December 6, 2019

SHS Agriculture Science Program

December 6, 2019

Project Lead The Way (SHS)

January 17, 2020

*Deadlines are important. Late applications may not be accepted.