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Course Signup: Class of 2025

Below please find the sign-up form (Step 1) for Class of 2025 math, language and arts courses during 9th grade year. Please complete and submit this form by Monday, April 5.

Also below (Step 2) is information about Math and Language placement. Please read both of these options carefully and submit the information forms so that we may send you the appropriate test and testing information. If your student is taking placement tests, these must be completed between Tuesday-Sunday, April 6-11. You will need a computer to complete the test.


Step 1)

Required Courses Form for All 9th Graders - Due by April 5
Below is the form for Class of 2025 math, language and arts courses during 9th grade year. Please complete and submit this form by Monday, April 5. For your convenience, the required course list and optional arts courses for 9th grade program at Urban School can be found here. Course descriptions can be found by visiting the Urban Curriculum pages.

In order to better understand Urban's music program, please watch this video put together by Assistant Head for Instruction Geoff Ruth and Performing Arts Department Chair Scott Foster. Students wishing to join the Lab Jazz band, the Chamber Orchestra or Urban Singers chorus MUST choose the associated intro course as their 9th grade art elective class, which will take place in the fall term. In subsequent years, students may take any art course of their choice.

Step 2)

Language and Math Placement Test Sign-up (optional) - by April 11
Below is information about Math and Language placement at Urban. Please read carefully and submit the information forms so that we may send you the appropriate test and testing information. Placement tests are optional, but required if your student would like to be considered for Level 2 in math and/or language. As noted above, these placement tests must be completed between Tuesday-Sunday, April 6-11.

Language Placement

Testing Dates April 6-11
Please complete this form so that we may send you the appropriate test.

Language Test Form

All students attending Urban School are required to complete three years of the same language for graduation.

Students Starting a New Language:
If you have never taken Chinese, French or Spanish before coming to Urban, you will automatically be placed in Level 1 of your preferred language. Or if you have had a language but wish to try a new one, you will be placed in Level 1.

Students With Some Language Experience:
If you have already studied some Chinese, French or Spanish and think that beginning at Level 2 might be more appropriate, you will need to take a placement exam. The skills necessary for Level 2 and above French, Spanish and Chinese may be reviewed here. Some students still place in Level 1 after testing, even if they've had several years of language class.

We are asking families to proctor language tests at home, which will be done on the computer. Tech support will be available from 2-5 pm on Tuesday-Thursday (April 6-8), and 11 am-1 pm, on Saturday (April 10). More details and directions will be provided for those students taking the language placement test.  

Math Placement

Testing Dates April 6-11
Please complete this form so that we may send you the appropriate test.

Math Test Form

All students attending Urban School are required to complete three years of math for graduation. Ninth graders are placed into either Math 1 or Math 2, based on the 8th grade math teacher recommendation, grades, test scores and Urban's placement test.

Incoming 9th graders who have previously taken Algebra 1 should take a math placement test. These tests must be completed between Tuesday-Sunday, April 6-11. Specific directions will be forthcoming to students and families who need to take a math placement test. This placement test will be on paper, and instructions will be emailed to you, both about taking the test and submitting the completed test.

If a student's math placement test does not clearly point to a proper math placement, math teachers will follow up with a short video conference with the student to better understand their mathematical thinking and get more clarity on the best placement.