A Welcome from Dr. Lentz

  • Daniel Lentz, Ph.D. Students and Parents/Guardians of the Class of 2025,

    Welcome to Fox Chapel Area High School! We are excited to have you join the FCAHS family next year! Your first official activity as high school students is to begin selecting your classes for your freshman year. To help you understand the scheduling process, the courses available to you in ninth grade, and how to begin thinking about your four-year course of study, we invite you to participate in our 8th-Grade Scheduling Night on Tuesday, March 2. This event is being held virtually only, and directions for participation are listed below.

    The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with a special session only for students who do not attend Dorseyville Middle School, including those currently attending private, parochial, and charter schools. This session will include topics such as registration, extracurricular opportunities, upcoming events for rising 8th-graders, and more.

    At 6:30 p.m., all 8th-grade parents and students, including those currently attending Dorseyville Middle School, are welcome to join our scheduling presentation featuring Mr. Ben O'Connor, FCAHS school counselor. This session will highlight the scheduling process, the courses available to freshmen, how to select and schedule courses, and what things you should consider as you begin thinking about your four-year course of study.

    From 7:15 p.m.-8:40 p.m., our FCAHS teachers will be available by department to share with you their ninth-grade course options, the prerequisites for those courses, and their respective expectations. Each department will also share with you the courses they offer beyond ninth grade so that students can begin planning their four-year course of study. There will be six sessions, each 10 minutes long, with each department's presentation being the same for each session. This allows you to create your own schedule for the evening as to which department you wish to visit for each session. 

    Please know that we hope to be able to host in-person building tours for students beginning in May.

    Below you will find the directions and links you will need to participate in this event on Tuesday, March 2.

    We hope you have an informative evening and look forward to seeing you next year at FCAHS! 

    Daniel E. Lentz, Ph.D.
    Program Principal

How Do I Participate in the Virtual 8th-Grade Scheduling Night?

  • FCAHS school counselor Dana Papalia and student Step 1

    You will need to be logged into a Google and/or Gmail account. Your student’s FCASD email is a Google account and could be used if needed.


    Step 2

    There are several documents that will be referenced throughout the evening that you will want to access in advance. These include our Course Description Guide and other assorted scheduling documents. Additionally, each of our academic departments has a handout(s) that helps explain the specific courses available to freshmen, a brief overview of the content and curriculum for those courses, required prerequisites, and a scope and sequence of all courses in that department beyond freshman year. Those handouts can be found on this webpage under the heading "Information by Department."


    Step 3

    Approximately 5 minutes before the times listed below, click on the blue text link included for each time frame below. (For all the links for the evening, please see the "Schedule and Links for Virtual 8th-Grade Scheduling Night" section directly below.) We will stick very close to this schedule! When the new screen appears, click “Join Now” or “Ask to Join,” and you will be taken into the virtual conference. If you receive a message stating that the link is not available yet or that you need to be allowed into the conference, please be patient as our presenters open the links. 


    Step 4

    Please remember that this event is an opportunity for you to better understand the scheduling process for incoming freshmen. This is not a time for individual conferences about your student. There may be time at the end of each of our six evening sessions for a few questions. If you cannot get your question answered during this event, please contact your student’s school counselor.


Schedule and Links for Virtual 8th-Grade Scheduling Night

  • FCAHS teacher Stephanie Reilly with student 6 p.m.

    (Please note: This session is only for the families of 8th-grade students who do NOT currently attend Dorseyville Middle School.)

    Presenters: Dr. Dan Lentz, program principal

    Link: meet.google.com/ygd-eyjm-iyc

    Document(s): FCAHS Overview, Presentation

    Topic: This session will highlight the advantages of attending FCAHS, the registration process, opportunities and programs beyond the classroom, and more.


    6:30 p.m.

    Presenters: Mr. Ben O’Connor, school counselor, and Dr. Dan Lentz, program principal

    Link: meet.google.com/tww-xfhv-xkf

    Document(s)Presentation, Course Description GuideScheduling Documents

    Topic: This presentation is an overview of the scheduling process, courses that are available to freshmen, what students should consider when selecting classes, graduation requirements, and advice about constructing a four-year plan.


    7:15 p.m.

    Representatives from each of our academic departments will host 10-minute sessions (7:15-7:25 p.m., 7:30-7:40 p.m., 7:45-7:55 p.m., 8-8:10 p.m., 8:15-8:25 p.m., and 8:30-8:40 p.m.) during which they will share information about specific courses and opportunities available to freshmen. Expect an overview of the content and curriculum for those courses, required prerequisites, and a brief description of the scope and sequence of all courses in that department beyond freshman year. There will be six 10-minute sessions with each department repeating the same presentation for each session. This allows you to build your own schedule for the evening.

    Link: Links for Each Department and Session