Fobert announced during a community update meeting at Wicklund School on Tuesday that eighth-graders and graduates of Mountain House elementary schools are being asked to go online and pick their classes if they plan to enroll at Mountain House High School in August.
The objective of the online process was to make it easy for students and their parents, he told a gathering of more than 65 residents.
“They can complete the whole thing online — that was the whole purpose,” he said.
By the end of January or early February, course signups should be completed for the incoming 425 to 450 freshmen and sophomores.
At the end of February, he said, school officials will begin the process of student transfers from other area high schools. He said Mountain House High would offer as many courses as Tracy Unified School District high schools, and Mountain House residents attending those schools would be sent a postcard reminder about the course selection process.
“We’re starting with an open slate,” Fobert said. “We can do what we want to.”
Among the attendees at Tuesday’s meeting were Matt Johnson and his 14-year-old daughter, Ireland. He said he liked that the community meetings have kept parents updated on a regular basis.
“It’s an opportunity of a lifetime,” said Matt Johnson. “I think it’s a great opportunity, and like Mr. Fobert said, there’s nothing like this being done.”
Ireland, an eighth-grader at Questa School, said she was excited and planned to take courses that would help her attend an Ivy League university.
Tami Holtz, whose daughter Mariana will be a freshman at Mountain House High, said she felt the school project had a community feel to it. She said project officials had seemed to encourage residents to share their views.
“My daughter is excited,” she said. “She already began looking at the courses online.”
For those residents who want help with online registration, a day of workshops has been scheduled Jan. 25 at Bethany School, 570 S. Escuela Drive, Fobert said.
Freshmen and their parents will be able to attend sessions at 9 to 10 a.m., and 2 to 3 p.m., while sophomores will have the 10 a.m. to noon and 4 to 5 p.m. sessions.
Fobert said the workshop will cover such topics as registration, college readiness and graduation requirements.
“We’ll talk about the difference between our school and other schools,” he said.
The latest information about the new high school can be found on the Lammersville Unified School District’s online registration site or the Mountain House High School Facebook page.
The next community meeting will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Feb. 11, but the location has yet to be determined. Details will be posted on the school’s Facebook calendar, Fobert said.
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