Class of 2023 - Course Selection and Placement Test Registration Form

Welcome future La Salle freshman and your family to the course registration process! Completing this form allows us to get to know you better and to prepare for your arrival on our campus next year. At the same time, this form starts to spell out what courses you will likely be taking next year. Please complete and submit this form by Monday, March 25. Note that you can save your selections and submit the form later if need be.

We offer three different placement tests: math, science and world language. The Mathematics Placement Test - of Algebra 1 is 90 minutes long, while the others are 60 minutes in length. Due to the length of the math test, you cannot take the math test and another subject on the same day, but you could take a world language and a science test, or do an music evaluation on the same day.

Grab your school's and family's calendars. You will be asked below if you intend to take placement tests and for what subjects. Note that the placement tests will be administered on April 23, 24, 29, and 30 between 3:00 and 5:30 PM. Try to arrive between 3:00 and 4:00. No tests should begin much after 4:00 in order for us to complete testing by 5:30. Music evaluations for placement will be held only on April 24 and 30 starting at 2:00 through 5:30.

As you go through this form, it might be helpful to have nearby a copy of the "Curriculum, Placement and Contact Information" document. A link to a digital copy of that document can be found on the Class of 2023's special webpage: http://www.lschs.org/academics/classof23.

Any questions or inquiries about setting up placement tests should be sent to Mrs. Wheatley ([email protected], 215-402-4896).


Below, you will choose your language course, select other electives if you want, and indicate your interest in taking placement tests in order to take a course other than the typical freshman placement. Let's go course by course to show you what you will be taking next year.


1. Religion

All freshmen take the same Religion course: Religion 9 - Catholic Lasallian Identity. No need to select anything here.


2. Mathematics

Freshmen come to La Salle with a wide variety of backgrounds in mathematics. The majority of freshmen will take Algebra 1. Select students will be recommended for Algebra 1Y and Algebra 1 Honors based on their Entrance Exam scores. Students who will have had a full year of Algebra 1 or Geometry are eligible to take the Mathematics Placement Test to determine placement in other classes, such as Integrated Algebra 1 and Geometry, Algebra 2, Algebra 2 Honors, or Geometry/Precalculus Honors.

The Algebra 1 Placement Test will be administered on the following dates. Please select one. The test is a 90-minute test and can begin anytime between 3:00 and 4:00 pm.​​​​​​​​​ Bring with you a graphing calculator. Which date do you prefer?​​​​​​​

If you will have completed BOTH Algebra 1 and Geometry by the end of this year, you will take one test that combines both subjects. If you do very well, you will be placed into Algebra 2 Honors, and in sophomore year you will likely take Precalculus Honors.

If you do well but not well enough to move onto Algebra 2, then you will likely end up in the Integrated Algebra 1 and Geometry course (two courses in one year). This will provide an even stronger and deeper foundation in both subjects and prepare you for advanced courses going forward.


3. English

Freshmen are placed in one of three courses for English. The majority of students will be placed in English 9: Introduction to Literature and Composition. Students who score in the 80th percentile or higher on the Verbal section, on the Language section, and on the Reading Comprehension section of the Entrance Exam will automatically be registered for Honors English 9: Introduction to Literature and Composition. (If you have lost your copy of the Entrance Exam scores, contact the Admissions Office.) Finally, students who show a need for extra support in English, based on the Entrance Exam scores, will be directed to take the Introduction to Literature and Composition Y course, a course that meets more frequently than the other two courses. The bottom line is that there is no need to make a selection here. We've got this one! (By the way, if you're eligible but not interested in the Honors level, just let us know.)


4. World Language

Students complete a minimum three-year sequence of a World Language at La Salle in order to graduate. Please select the language you want for next fall.

The World Language Placement Test will be administered on the following dates. Please select one. The test is a 60-minute test and is available to take between 3:00 and 5:30 pm.​​​​​​​​ Which date do you prefer?​​​​​

5. Science

Students who are recipients of an academic scholarship are automatically placed in Honors Biology. All other students are eligible to take the Science Placement Test to try to gain access to Biology or Honors Biology. Students who do not score well on the Science Placement Test and students who do not take the Science Placement Test will be scheduled for Integrated Science. Note: the Science Placement Test is designed to assess a student's ability to apply basic scientific and math principles to various scenarios. A calculator is not needed for the math and, therefore, is not permitted.

The Science Placement Test will be administered on the following dates. Please select one. The test is a 60-minute test and will begin between 3:00 and 5:30 pm.​​​​​​​​ No calculators are needed. Which date do you prefer?​​​​​​​​

6. Social Studies

Like with English, freshmen are placed in one of two courses in Social Studies. The majority of students will be registered in World History 1. Students who earned an academic scholarship automatically qualify for Advanced Placement Human Geography. So, we've got this one under control too. (Again, if you qualify but are not interested in this A.P. course, just let us know.)


7. Introduction to Information Sciences and Technology

All students are placed in this course. For your information, this course does not meet every day of the cycle, but it does go year round.


8. Physical Education/Aquatics

Most students will be automatically registered for one semester of gym and one semester of aquatics. If you choose (below) to take art and/or music, then this course may be dropped from your schedule. Either way, we'll know by what you choose below. No selection is necessary.


9. Group Advisory

All students are registered for Group Advisory. Once every eight class days, the Freshman Grade Level Counselor will meet in a group setting to assist the freshmen with transitioning into La Salle, acclimating to high school, preparing for standardized tests, registering for courses in sophomore year, and much more. Several internal guest speakers, such as our School Nurse, our Dean of Students, and our Director of Diversity, also address the freshmen in Group Advisory. No selection needed.


10. ELECTIVE: Art

11. ELECTIVE: Music

Music evaluations for placement will be held on the following dates. They usually last about 20 minutes. Please select one. Which date do you prefer?​​​​​​​

12. ELECTIVE: Chorus


That is everything we need for now. It's pretty exciting, right?! We will send out a reminder about the placement tests in mid-April. Please mark your calendars with the dates you chose for now. If you need to change a date, simply reach out to Mrs. Wheatley in Academic Affairs. We look forward to sifting through all this data and to providing you with an outline of all your course placements in June. Until then, if you have specific questions about placements, contact the appropriate Department Chairperson (See the names at the end of the Curriculum and Placement document.). Thank you and, again, welcome to the La Salle family!


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