Academic Advising Overview

January 13th-January 17th Poe school counselors visit elementary schools to provide classroom lessons on course selection

January 13th-January 24th Poe school counselors will teach classroom lessons on course selection through PE classes

January 16th Rising 6th Grade Curriculum Fair- 6:00-8:00 PM (snow date January 30th)

January 23rd Annandale High School Counselors and Falls Church High School Counselors will visit Raven Time classes to discuss course offerings (8th grade only)


Information for Rising Ninth Graders: January 23rd Annandale HS and Falls Church HS school counselors meet with 8th grade students during Raven Time

January 9th Falls Church High School Curriculum Night at 6:30 pm

January 15th Annandale High School Curriculum Night at 7:00 pm


Additional Information Regarding 2020-2021 Course Selections: Planning for the 2020-2021 school year has begun. Over the next few months, we will work together to assist you and your child in the process of making educational decisions regarding course selections for the upcoming school year. This work will be critical to his or her success in middle school and beyond.

Beginning January 29th and throughout the months of February and March, Poe school counselors will review course selection sheets and meet with students for academic advising sessions. Students are encouraged to select courses based on teacher feedback, progress in current courses, academic strengths, and personal interests.  During this time, they will discuss the student’s course selections and answer any questions they may have.  The 2020-2021 Course Descriptions and Guide are now available on the Poe Middle School website.

This guide lists the required and elective offerings for 6th and 7th grade students. It is very important to note the grade levels and pre-requisites that are indicated for each course. Each student must register for seven (7) classes: the required five (5) classes including mathematics, English, science, history, and Health & Physical education, and a choice of two (2) year-long elective classes, four (4) semester elective classes, OR a combination of one (1) year-long and two (2) semester elective classes. Electives offer opportunities for enrichment, specialization, and exploration. It is necessary to select all the electives in order of preference in case there is a conflict in scheduling.

Course selections will be live in SIS Parent View and Student View.  Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s school counselor with any questions about this process. We look forward to working with you!


Rising 6th Grader Parent Coffees

Date Location Time
February 6th, 2020 Columbia Elementary School 10:00am
February 18th, 2020 Braddock Elementary School


March 13th, 2020 Annandale Terrace Elementary School 9:00am
March 19th, 2020 Mason Crest Elementary School 8:15am