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Freshman Year


Welcome to the freshman experience at AHS! Freshman year is a time of transition: joining a new school community, understanding higher academic expectations, exploring talents, and meeting new friends. This outline serves as a road map to important programs, resources, and tips on how to have a successful freshman year.

Counseling Programs

    Freshman Orientation

    In late August, Counselors help facilitate the Freshman Orientation Program. During this event students will learn their way around the building, get to know some of the sophomores, juniors and seniors and get to meet some of their teachers. They will also meet fellow classmates. That way, on the first day of school, students may already recognize a few familiar faces.


    Freshman Parent Orientation

    During the student orientation program, parents are invited to attend an informational session to discuss high school transition issues, both academic and social. 


    Freshman Groups

    Counselors will meet with all freshmen in groups during the fall to discuss transitional issues: academic expectations, clubs and activities, how to access teachers and counselors for help, etc. 


    Course Selection

    In the spring, counselors will meet with freshmen in groups to discuss course selection for sophomore year.


    Personal/social/academic counseling is available on an as needed basis


      National Honor Society Tutoring

      The National Honor Society provides free tutoring in every subject before  school on certain days.  Teachers will often give extra credit to students who attend the NHS Tutoring.


      Aspen - X2

       Aspen - X2

      is an online portal for parents, students and teacher to facilitate communication. Many teachers use Aspen - X2 to post progress reports, daily homework assignments and update class information. The high school maintains a Home Page which includes school announcements, PAC information, and help links. If you did not receive a letter with your set-up instructions and initial code, please contact Dr. Luz Valverde @ .


       Calendar of Special Events

      In September, a double-sided calendar is emailed to all families.  This calendar outlines month-by-month important dates to remember, e.g. end of term dates, progress report dates, and course/level change deadlines.



      If you need assistance obtaining referrals for academic or personal issues, please contact your student’s counselor.


      Helpful Tips for Parents

      Attend Back to School Night
      , an evening program in the fall and spring where you follow your child’s schedule, meet his/her teachers, and are provided with course expectations.  An excellent opportunity to learn how your child spends his/her day!


      If you have an academic concern, first contact your child’s teacher directly, and if needed, then the Program Advisor for that specific subject area.  If additional assistance is needed, contact your child’s counselor.


      Talk to your child about the importance of consistent on-time attendance


      Help your child establish a study routine:  a physical environment free of distractions (no Xbox phone, internet, TV), a block of at least two hours set aside for homework, and access to organizational and study tools (daily assignment notebook, calculator, backpack).


      Expect to receive mid-October progress reports from each of your child’s teachers first term, and there after if the teacher has specific academic concerns.


      Regularly check Aspen - X2 for updates and progress reports.


      Encourage involvement in sports, clubs, activities, music, or theatre—these are an excellent opportunity for students to meet new people and share their talents at AHS. There is an activities fair held each September during all 3 lunches for students to learn about and sign-up for extracurricular activities.

      Andover Public Schools
      36R Bartlet St.
      Andover, MA  01810
      Ph:  (978) 623-8500
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