York Community High School

Incoming Freshmen Parent Notification

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.