Welcome from Student Services
Dear SHS Students and Parents/Guardians,
Welcome to the Patriot Family! We know that the transition to Stevenson High School is both exciting and filled with many questions. Please know that members of the Student Services Division are here to help you navigate the high school journey as you explore the many classes, activities, programs, resources and other adventures that await.
The Transitions guide is filled with information about the important events that will take place during your high school experience. The answers to many of your questions may be found in this guide. Please review this guide carefully and mark your calendars with the dates of upcoming events.
For your information, you may always reach Stevenson High School by calling our switchboard at 847-415-4000 between 7:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on any school day. You may also contact departments directly. Many of these phone numbers may be found in this guide and are also located on our website.
Stevenson High School is a special place with countless opportunities inside our classrooms and beyond. We look forward to working with your family in the coming years.
Director of Student Services
- Transfer Student Group Lunch
- Calendar of Events
- Family To-Do List
- Course Enrollment & Registration Information
- Course Placement
- iPads & Technology
- International Students
- Relevant Links
Calendar of Events
|May 1||Health forms due for those attending summer school|
|Mid May||Annual Residency Verifications|
|Mid June/July||Registration Fee Payment Deadline|
|June 7 - June 30||Summer School - Semester One|
|July 5 - 28||Summer School - Semester Two|
|June & July||Sports PREP Activities|
|June - July||Band Summer Rehearsals|
|Late July||Band Camp|
|Aug. 9||Curricular Dance Placement/Auditions|
|Aug. 9||Transfer Student Orientation Day|
|Aug. 11||Health forms due for the 2021-22 school year|
|Aug. 11||School Begins|
|Aug. 16||Transfer Parent/Guardian Evening|
|Aug. 23||Transfer Student Resource Fair|
NOTE: All dates listed above were accurate as of March 9, 2022. To verify all dates, check the Stevenson website calendar. You may also subscribe to the online newsletter, E-Minuteman, in order to receive news alerts.
Family To-Do List
Parents/guardians will need to complete and upload the following required school enrollment documents. All completed documents must be in digital form to upload during the online enrollment process.
Student’s birth certificate (translated in English)
- Health/medication information, immunizations, doctor and hospital choice
- 504/IEP documentation
- Parenting agreement for students whose parents/guardians live in separate households
Sender School Records
- Unofficial transcript
- ISBE (withdrawal) form, if transferring from an Illinois public school
- MAP (or other standardized test scores), if the student is a freshman
Affirmation of Legal Residency
- One of the following:
- Current and valid lease agreement (including name and phone number of landlord)
- Real estate tax bill
- Monthly mortgage statement (If the home was recently purchased, Stevenson will accept a closing document, bill of sale or warranty deed)
- Two of the following:
- Utility bill (Must include the entire first page of the bill including the coupon portion. Utilities accepted include gas, electric, water, trash collection or cable)
- Vehicle registration (Current year)
- One of the following:
All required health forms must be returned to the Health Office by Aug. 11 before a student begins classes at Adlai E. Stevenson High School. If a student is attending summer school, the health forms must be returned by May 1.
Required Health Forms:
Form 1: Child Health Examination Form
- Form 2: Health Emergency Form
- Form 3: Dental Examination Form (Only required for incoming freshmen students)
- Form 4: Vision Examination Form (Only for students transferring in from out of state or out of the country)
- Form 4: Asthma Action Plan (if applicable)
- Form 5: Anaphylaxis Action Plan (if applicable)
Optional But Recommended Health Form:
- Form 6: Permission to Administer Medication
Course Enrollment & Registration Information
Following the enrollment process, students and families will be guided through course enrollment and registration.
Course Enrollment Appointment
Transfer students will be placed into core courses based on the student’s previous academic history. Students may be asked to complete a Mathematics exam and/or World Language exam (if applicable) in order to verify placement. After placement into core courses, students transferring into grades 10, 11 and 12 will typically have one or two open periods in which they may take an elective course. To assist with the course enrollment process, transfer students will have an enrollment appointment with a counselor to help select these courses. Students can view the Stevenson Coursebook online to review their interest prior to the enrollment meeting. If there are questions about the placement results, please contact the director of the specific academic division.
After residency has been verified and enrollment is complete, families will receive instructions to complete the registration and fee payment process. Information will also be provided regarding student IDs, iPads and books.
Stevenson’s Communication Arts Division uses the fall or winter MAP reading score to make a recommendation for placement.
Students who are able to provide a standardized reading and/or English test score (from the MAP, AIMS or Iowa tests, for example) do not need additional assessment. Contact Kim Musolf at firstname.lastname@example.org to submit these scores.
For students who cannot provide a standardized reading and/or English test score, recommendations/placement in Freshman English and literacy courses is determined by a reading assessment of the student’s ability to comprehend and analyze text. Students should expect to read texts, answer questions in argumentative paragraphs and answer online multiplechoice questions. This test is also open to students who wish to reassess and change their initial Academic Literacy placement. In order to arrange for this SHS testing, please contact Denise Perkins at email@example.com or 847-415-4325.
Recommendations for Stevenson’s Science classes are based on MAP scores in math and reading, as well as a review of students’ prior coursework. The Science Division first reviews math MAP scores; based on strong math MAP, some students are given the recommendation/choice of Accelerated Chemistry or Accelerated Biology.
For the other students, the MAP reading score is reviewed to give one of three options. The English recommendation is also considered and then:
- Recommend Accelerated Biology with a choice of Accelerated Chemistry
- Recommend Accelerated Biology with a choice of College Prep Biology
- Recommend College Prep Biology with a choice of Accelerated Biology
- Place in College Prep Biology
For students transferring into Stevenson from outside Consortium 125 schools, the Mathematics course placement will be determined based on a complete transcript from the previous school and curriculum review of the student’s previous course. A full topic-by-topic syllabus of the previous course is requested.
A benchmark/placement exam will only be administered when additional data about a student’s mathematical proficiency is needed. Please be aware that, while options are available for adjustment in Mathematics course placements, all prerequisite coursework must be completed prior to enrolling in subsequent courses.
Placement in World Language courses is determined by student performance on a language-specific assessment. Students who have prior coursework or experience in Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Spanish or Latin, and are interested in potential placement in one of these language programs beyond the introductory level, may sign up for the corresponding language benchmark exam.
- For Chinese, French, German and Spanish, students will complete the listening, reading and writing portions of the AAPPL exam.
- For Hebrew, students will complete the listening, reading and writing portions of the STAMP exam.
- For Latin, students will complete the ALIRA assessment.
iPads & Technology
How Students Receive Their SHS iPad
Each transfer student will receive an iPad which they keep until their time at Stevenson is finished. Students should expect to use these to access textbooks, class assignments and communicate with their teachers. Students new to Stevenson who will be attending summer school will receive their SHS iPad on Tuesday, June 7. Students who only attend the second summer school session, will receive their SHS iPad on Tuesday, July 5.
For transfer students attending summer school:
An optional hour-long iPad orientation session will start at 1 p.m. on June 7 and again on July 5. The session will be held in Link Lab (Room 3014). Students may sign up by replying to the email they will receive about this session. Additionally, students may simply show up to either session.
For students not attending summer school:
SHS iPads will be distributed on Transfer Student Orientation Day on Tuesday, Aug. 9. An iPad orientation session may be requested by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. An optional hour-long iPad orientation session will be available at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 12. The session will be held in Link Lab (Room 3014). Students may sign up by replying to an email they will receive about this session. Alternatively, students may simply show up to this session.
For frequently asked questions about SHS iPads, click here.
Student Access to Technology
Stevenson students are given access to several different technology programs. Every student is provided with a network account, an email account, Canvas account, IRC account and an Infinite Campus account. Login information (account names and passwords) should be kept private at all times. Additionally, all students will have the Student Guidebook downloaded onto their iPads.
Students with questions or needing assistance with an SHS-issued iPad should visit the technicians at the SMARTdesk. The SMARTdesk is located in the Link Lab (Room 3014). During summer school, the SMARTdesk is open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Special hours will be posted. During the school year, it is open on regular school days from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. On late arrival days from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Special hours will be posted.
During the school year, computers are available for student use in the Information Learning Center (ILC) in the West Building (Room 1300) or in the East Learning Center (Room 7026). Students may use the desktop computers during study hall by asking a classroom teacher for a pass to one of the Learning Centers from study hall.
The use of a Stevenson High School computer is intended to serve instructional purposes only, playing games is not permitted. In exchange for the privilege of using the district’s computers, computer network and internet access, students must consent to staff members monitoring such use.
In order to use the internet, a summer school student must have a signed Acceptable Use Guideline form (regarding access and use of the District Information Services systems) on file. For the school year, students will agree to acceptable use during the registration process. Inappropriate use of the district’s computers, computer network and/or internet access may be considered gross disobedience or misconduct.
For help with technology services for students, visit the SMARTdesk page in the student’s Canvas portal. Or visit the online SMARTdesk webpage: www.d125.org/student-life/tech-services.
Are you an international student interested in attending Stevenson through a foreign exchange program? Are you a Stevenson family seeking to host a foreign exchange student?
International students seeking to attend Stevenson through an exchange program must contact a study abroad organization accredited by the Council on Standards for International Education Travel (CSEIT). Families with current Stevenson students seeking to host a foreign exchange student must also connect with a CSEIT-affiliated exchange organization. Stevenson will then work directly with the study abroad organization to plan the foreign exchange experience.
International exchange students who wish to attend Stevenson must:
- Contact a CSEIT-affiliated study abroad organization and submit an application to Stevenson through this organization no later than June 15 for the following school year.
- Attend Stevenson High School for the entire academic school year.
- Reside with a family within the boundaries of Stevenson District 125 that has a student attending SHS concurrently.