Freshman Connection 

Parents can sign up for the high school orientation program now.

March 16, 2009

Photo by Mireya Acierto 


If you’re looking for a summer program that combines academics with athletics, and the arts with the City of Chicago, in addition to preparing your 8th grade student for high school, then CPS has the perfect program for you.


Registration is now open for Freshman Connection, the month-long summer program that helps prepare incoming 9th grade students for high school.


Through interactive coursework and activities, students can get a head start on high school. The program takes place at high schools across the district. Students can meet their new classmates and teachers. They’ll learn what to expect on the first day of school, learn about teacher expectations, the amount of homework to anticipate, and receive study tips from upperclassmen. Students can even earn high school credits in reading and math.


Freshman Connection will take place from June 22 – July 23. It is open to all incoming freshmen. The program is part of a year-round district-wide initiative designed to help students ease the transition from eighth grade to high school.


To sign your child up for Freshman Connection, complete the application form. Forms are available online or at your child’s school. Once the application is complete, print the confirmation page, sign it and return it to the school counselor. The early application deadline is April 15. The last day to register for Freshman Connection is June 1.


CPS is also hosting 8th grade parent and community information sessions across the district through April. Here parents can learn about:

  • The high school enrollment process
  • Freshman Connection summer programs
  • High school graduation requirements
  • College and career readiness information
  • Special programs and extracurricular activities


Download the  parent and community information session schedule.


Learn more about Freshman Connection.