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 2022.
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  Pre-ACT - All 7th and 8th graders will take the Pre-ACT test during the school day. The Pre-ACT 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. 

*New this year!  This assessment will ALSO be used by Arrowhead as a part of the Informed Choice process for selecting Honors or Advanced Placement classes for freshman year.  Swallow 8th graders will therefore not have to take this assessment offered at Arrowhead on a weekend in December.

Arrowhead High School


November 16, 6:30
NORTH Campus Theater

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.  

Please see THIS letter from Arrowhead with more information.

Arrowhead High School

BY December 1


Complete Arrowhead's NEW Student Online Enrollment Process from November 5-December 1.  Please see THIS letter from Arrowhead with more information.
 Swallow   January TBD
ASPIRE Night for Families:  Swallow administration and guidance staff will present an overview of how to interpret your child's Pre-ACT results and how they relate to the high school course selection process and future planning.  An email to 7th and 8th grade parents with more information will be sent once results are received and a date can be sent.

Arrowhead High School with Swallow Support

January 26, 2022

Freshman Orientation at South Campus:  More information in this will be shared in upcoming communications.  Save the date!

Arrowhead High School with Swallow Support By February 4, 2022 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.
Arrowhead High School with Swallow Support   March World Language Placement Tests will be given at Swallow for those wishing to continue with Spanish.
Arrowhead High School with Swallow Support   April Math Placement/District Algebra Assessment will be given to students at Swallow, depending on current math course enrollment.  More information will be provided in the spring.



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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