Transition to High School

Swallow graduates attend Arrowhead Union High School (AHS) for high school.  Throughout the school year as information is received from AHS relating to the 8th to 9th grade transition including important parent meetings, student orientation, scheduling information, and any programmatic changes, this page will be updated.

The information below is for the 8th grade class of 2021.
The transition to high school is an exciting next chapter for students and families and we want to let you know what that transition process looks like both here at Swallow and at Arrowhead, as well as important dates and events to add to your calendar.  There is also information relevant for children planning to attend a different high school.  




Swallow School  November  ACT ASPIRE Test - All 7th and 8th graders will take the ASPIRE test during the school day .The ASPIRE test assesses student readiness in English, math, reading, science, and writing. Along with subject area scores, there are reporting categories based on the ACT College and Career Readiness Standards to provided additional perspectives on student readiness. Results will be provided when they become available in January. 

Arrowhead High School


November 17, 6:30
Virtual Meeting

AHS Informed Choice Meeting Recommended: Attend this meeting to hear about Course Options for freshman at AHS in the core content areas and learn more about the Informed Choice concept for course selection. Consider reviewing your child’s ASPIRE results from 7th grade to assist with enrollment decisions. Results were sent home last spring.  

AHS Informed Choice Booklet - Course information, timelines, etc.

Swallow School (in place of AHS due to COVID)

December 11


PreACT Optional: Students wishing to take certain advanced/honors classes must take the PreACT.  Advanced registration through AHS is required--please do so here. There is a $14.00 fee to take the ACT. (Assistance for the fee is available for anyone who qualifies for free and reduced lunch, please contact your K-8 counselor).

 Swallow   January 11
Virtual Meeting
ASPIRE Night for Families:  Swallow administration and guidance staff will present an overview of how to interpret your child's ASPIRE results and how they relate to the high school course selection process and future planning.  See an email to 7th and 8th grade parents for the link to the Zoom meeting and more information.

Arrowhead High School with Swallow Support

Week of January 11 at Swallow with students; AHS meeting January 20 via with online course registration for incoming freshmen February 3-5 5pm-5pm

Course Registration Required: AHS Course Selection/Registration Process. Students will be selecting their courses for next year with support from AHS and Swallow guidance counselors.

Via USPS 8th grade families should receive a letter with registration materials and link to Zoom meeting January 20 at 7pm.



Please check the Thursday Folder and direct emails to 8th graders and families about upcoming graduation information and how to request the transfer of student records if your child will not be attending AHS.  

Please contact Jackie Hagenow (Guidance Counselor) at or Adam Scanlan (Principal) at with any questions you have as they work closely with Arrowhead on the 8th grade transition process.
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