Rising 9th Grade Information

Welcome, Patriots!

PHHS Counselors

We are so excited to welcome you to the PHamily at Patrick Henry High School (PHHS). We know that this is a very exciting time in your lives and we are happy to help you as you transition to high school. While you may be nervous, there are many helpful people to answer your questions, show you around the building, and celebrate all of your successes over the next four years.

Can’t wait to meet you,

The PHHS School Counseling Department

Becoming a Patriot

Transition activities will take place in collaboration with Liberty Middle School (LMS). Transition activities are planned for students to help you become a PHHS Patriot.

Patriot Camp is a half day session where rising 9th grade students explore and experience Patrick Henry High School. They will meet fellow Patriots, talk about high school life, tour the building, meet PHHS staff, and have a ton of fun. Patriot Camp will take place during August 2020.

Transition Activities Timeline

  • LMS school counselors present lessons about high school classes (December)
  • Patrick Henry open house (December)
  • 8th grade school counselor meets with each student individually (January/February)
  • Patriot Camp (August) 

Registration Timeline and Information

  • 8th grade school counselors meet with each student in January/February to register for classes.
  • Course verification forms are sent home with the quarter three and quarter four interims.
  • The last day to change course requests is on August 6, 2020.
  • Patriots pick up their schedule at fee night prior to the start of the school year.
  • You can find information about courses on the division's Program of Studies page. 

Planning Your Schedule

Our Patriots follow a block schedule with an alternating A/B day schedule with four classes each day that are about 90 minutes long with a FLEX on Tuesday and Wednesday of each day week.

Required Freshman Courses:

  • Math 
  • English
  • Science
  • History
  • PE 9 

9th Grade Electives

  • Introduction to Power, Structural, and Technical Systems
  • Horticultural Sciences
  • Graphic Arts I
  • Art I
  • Principles of Business and Marketing
  • Introduction to Mass Communications I
  • Naval Science I
  • Theater Arts: Introduction to Theater
  • Concert Band (Audition)
  • Symphonic Band (Audition)
  • Jazz Ensemble (Audition)
  • String Ensemble (Audition)
  • Wind Ensemble (Audition)
  • Beginning Choir
  • Mixed Show Choir (Audition)
  • Men’s Choir
  • Girls’ Show Choir (Audition)
  • Chamber Vocal Ensemble (Audition)
  • Computer Mathematics
  • Technical Drawing and Design
  • Latin
  • Spanish
  • French
  • German
  • Electronics I: Electronics/Industrial Robotics Technology
  • Design, Multimedia, and Web Technologies 

Check out a sample schedule for “Patty Patriot” below.

Day   Class
 A1  Math
 A2  Elective
 A3  PE 9
 A4  English 10
Day Class 
 B1  Foreign Language
 B2  History
 B3  Science
 B4  Elective

What is FLEX?

Each week, PHHS will hold a FLEX block on Tuesday and Wednesday. FLEX is a 40-minute block that occurs at the end of second block. Students are not permitted to travel during FLEX block without a pass signed by a teacher. FLEX is a time to catch your breath, start your homework, experience enrichment and remediation lessons, attend small group counseling, and attend club meetings. Visit our Clubs & Organizations page to find out more about student club opportunities at Patrick Henry High School.

Get Connected

As you transition to high school, it is important to stay connected so that you, and your parents are aware of all of the news and events going on at Patrick Henry High School. Below, you will find some tips and tricks on how to stay connected.

  • Sign up for our weekly emails, A Patriot’s Look Ahead.
  • Check Schoology and PowerSchool regularly.
  • Be a part of the PHamily.
  • Follow us on Twitter @PatriotsPhhs and @PH_Counseling.
  • Follow us on Instagram at @patriotsphhs.
  • Like us on Facebook
  • Your parents can join the PTSA and volunteer to chaperone or help with school functions.

People to Know

Josh Hurley: Director of School Counseling, 9th Grade - Last names H–Ma, 10th Grade, PreIB (two or more PreIB courses in freshman year), and 11–12th Grade IB
Shannon Patterson: School Counselor of 9th Grade - Last Names A–C and 10th–12th Grades - Last Names A–D
Sarah Gilbert: School Counselor of 9th Grade - Last Names D–G and 10th–12th Grades - Last Names E–Lo
Chantel Washington: School Counselor of 9th Grade - Last Names Mc–So, 10th–12th Grades - Last Names Lu–Sh, and ELL Students
Jennifer Crowder: School Counselor of 9th Grade- Last Names Sp–Z, 10th–12th Grades - Last Names Si–Z, and ACA Students

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