York Community High School

Incoming Freshmen Parent Notification

Math Placement Testing for Students in 8th grade Algebra - May 2017

In May a second semester math placement test will be given for 8th grade Algebra. Students from parochial and private school students will test at York in the evening, while those from District 205 middle schools will test at their home schools. (Note: Students currently taking 8th grade PreAlgebra do NOT test in May.) Parochial/private school students should choose ONE of these two test sessions:


May 9    6:30 – 7:30 Room A290

May 10  6:30 – 7:30 Room A290


Sign up for the evening Algebra Placement Test at York by filling out the online form at Test Sign-Up. The list of objectives covered on the May test is given below. If you have questions, please contact Math Department Chair Susan Brown at sbrown@elmhurst205.org or 630-617-2450.

If a public/private school 8th grade PreAlgebra student missed the December test, it can be taken during one of these sessions. Contact Mrs. Susan Brown to make arrangements (sbrown@elmhurst205.org or 630-617-2450).

Parochial/private school 8th graders currently taking Geometry should arrange for testing in late May by contacting Mrs. Susan Brown, Math Department chair, at sbrown@elmhurst205.org.


8th Grade Algebra Objectives for May Placement Test

Solve linear equations in one variable

Write the equation of a line when either the slope and one point or two points are given

Graph a line given its equation

Solve simple and compound inequalities and graph solutions on a number line

Solve system of linear equations by graphing, substitution and elimination

Recognize systems of linear equations with no solution, one solution, or infinitely many solutions

Solve real-world problem by writing and solving a system of equations

Simplify expressions involving positive and negative exponents

Calculate with expressions involving scientific notation

Find sum, difference, and product of polynomials

Factor expressions using greatest common factor, difference of squares, and trinomial factoring

Solve quadratic equations by factoring and by the Quadratic Formula

Use the discriminant to identify the number of solutions to a quadratic equation

Solve quadratic equations to answer questions about projectile motion or area

Given the equation, graph a parabola and give its vertex, y-intercept, and axis of symmetry


PreAlgebra Objectives for May Placement Test

Interpret mathematical information from a graph.

Use an expression to describe a real-world situation.

Find a rule to describe a relationship displayed in a table.

Interpret information that is described with symbols.

Learn math information from a written description.

Course Selection Testing Information

Course Selection Testing Information

Parochial and Private Schools

December 2016

Incoming freshmen who attend parochial or private schools are asked to take placement tests in English and Math. These tests will be given at York on the two dates below. Both tests can be taken on the same evening, or students may choose to take the tests on separate evenings.

 Wednesday, Dec. 7th

Math   5:30 – 6:15 PM  York Study Hall Room A290

English    6:30 – 8:15 PM   York Forum Room A294

 Thursday, Dec. 8th

English    5:30 – 7:15 PM   York Forum Room A294

Math   7:30 – 8:15 PM  York Study Hall Room A290


On the evening of the test, students should enter the building through the Academic Entrance (Door # 1) and follow signs to the testing rooms on the 2nd floor.

Registering for the test: To register for the tests, please fill in this online registration form or contact Division Secretary Amy Fuller at 630-617-2493. For the math test, please sign up for the test that matches the student’s current 8th grade course (Pre-Algebra or Algebra).

For more details about the English and Math tests, go to Test Skills and Content Winter 2016, and if you have any additional questions, please contact one of the following:

   Mr. Kevin Poduska, English Department Chair, at kpoduska@elmhurst205.org or 630-617-2453

   Dr. Susan Brown, Math Department Chair, at sbrown@elmhurst205.org or 630-617-2450


Course Selection for the Class of 2021

It’s hard to believe that just 6 weeks into the 2016-17 school year, we are looking forward to the course selection process for our current 8th grade class--the Class of 2021.  As you may be aware, our district is no longer using the EXPLORE--a standardized test that both helped monitor students’ growth from the EXPLORE in 8th grade through the ACT during their junior year and assisted in the course selection process; instead, we have moved to the PSAT 8/9, which will allow us to monitor students’ growth from PSAT 8/9 in 8th grade through the SAT their junior year and to help in this year’s course selection process.

  • Current 8th grade students in District 205 will take the PSAT 8/9 on Wednesday, November 2nd, at their respective middle schools.
  • Current Elmhurst residents who attend 8th grade in local private schools have the opportunity to take the PSAT 8/9 on Saturday, October 29th, at York High School.

Since we needed to make a change with the standardized test, it was a great opportunity to make other adjustments to our course selection process, and we hope they will reduce student stress over the course selection process and will reduce classroom interruptions in their 8th grade classes.  You’ll also note that on each rubric, there is a middle school evaluation as a component in the course selection process.  We believe that the educators in our middle schools play a crucial role in helping us to understand our students beyond the quantifiables because we all know that how students learn, communicate, and react to challenges can be just as important as scores on a test.


Below are the updated course selection rubrics, and they are organized by department--English, Math, Science, and World Languages:


English Courses                                                         

English Rubric

Science Courses

Science Rubric

Math Courses                                     

Pre-Algebra Rubric                            

Algebra Rubric                                   

Geometry Rubric

Geometry CP Rubric

World Language Courses

French Rubric

Spanish Rubric


We cannot wait to meet the Class of 2021 at our 8th Grade Activity Night on Tuesday, October 25th at 7:30 PM.  This is a great night that allows you to hear more information about the course selection process at York, and it allows our future Dukes to see all of the amazing clubs, sports, and activities that await them in the halls and on the fields at York High School.


Go Dukes!

Grade 8 Parochial School Shadow Dates

Below are the dates in which eighth grade parochial students, who are residents of District 205, may shadow a current York student for the entire school day. We will allow up to 30 students per date on a first come, first served basis. Students will be assigned to shadow a York Ambassador. Ambassadors are trained to host students and acquaint them with many aspects of York High School. To request that your child can attend one of the dates, please click the link to sign up.