Rye Neck High School hosted an orientation for eighth-graders and their parents on Dec. 1 in the Performing Arts Center to start preparing them for their transition to high school next September. Members of the Class of 2021 had the opportunity to meet with teachers and ask them questions about classes, tour the facility and learn about the various enrichment opportunities that will be available to them.

During the information session with Dr. Barbara Ferraro, high school principal and assistant superintendent for curriculum, the students learned about the different course offerings, as well as the athletic and extracurricular activities that will help make their high school experience memorable and rewarding. They also listened to advice from current high school students and attended individual department exhibits in the dining hall.

“A Rye Neck High School student is expected to become an independent and self-directed learner,” Dr. Ferraro said. “The orientation meeting introduced them to the myriad programs that are offered and gave them the resources needed to make informed decisions about their high school experience.”

Eighth-grader Jonas Stoeckhert, whose older sister is a junior at Rye Neck High School, said he appreciated the opportunity to tour the building and visit different classrooms in the school.

The students will further discuss their academic options during a second meeting on Feb. 2. Members of the guidance department's Peer Leadership Program have also planned for additional transition events in the spring as well as on the first day of classes next September.