8-9 Transition

Burley Middle School 8-9 Transition


Dear Parents/Guardians of Burley 8th graders,

It is already time to start talking about your 8th grade Burley Bear becoming a high schooler!
Below you will find important information regarding your child’s high school transition that will help you and your 8th grader prepare for ninth grade next fall at Monticello or Albemarle High School.  All events described in this letter will be held via Zoom/virtually.

To get you started: please look through the Burley 8-9 Transition website. Here is where you will find all events that will support your child throughout this process! 

Beginning November 19th - the first transition events include Open House dates/times for the three academies (Environmental Science Academy at Western Albemarle HS - ESA, Math & Engineering Science Academy at Albemarle HS - MESA, and the Health & Medical Science Academy at Monticello HS - HMSA) as well as Murray HS interest sessions. Find more information about each academy and Murray HS by visiting our Burley 8-9 transition website as all calendar items are listed on the main page.

November 19th - Representatives from MESA, HMSA, and ESA will visit 8th graders via Zoom through PE/Exploratory classes. Academy Interest forms for 2021-22 are due on 1/29/21 and will soon be available via Schoology.

December 8th (tentative - details to follow) - Sometime this week, AHS and MoHS will host virtual Curriculum Fairs.  
Week of December 1st  – 8th grade students will receive general high school information through their Language Arts classes and they will take a career interest survey through Naviance.

IMPORTANT: Dec 7th - Jan 4th - the Parent/Student Portal will be open for 8th grade families to make course selections.  You may use the 2021-22 Program of Studies linked here when making course requests. The link will take you to a 404 error code page where you can follow the link on the screen. Thank you for your patience as the county continues to update their website. Instructions for completing course requests are in the Burley 8-9 transition website.

January 7th - February 15th - Students and parents will finalize their course selections and create four-year plan drafts during individual registration appointments that will take place virtually with Ms. Fendley or Mr. Davis.  You will receive a message in early December about how these appointments will be scheduled.
TBD (annually in March) – Burley 8th graders will visit Monticello or Albemarle High school in the morning for an orientation, tour, and lunch. We will know more about whether or not this will be a virtual event later in the school year.

If you have any questions in the interim, please do not hesitate to contact us at 295-5101. Messages will continue to be sent via Connect Ed to families and via Schoology to students.


Leslie Fendley and Andrew Davis
8th Grade Burley MS Counselors