It's never too soon for a middle school family to start thinking about high school. Keep in mind that the 7th grade scores are the ones that appear on the high school application, so help your child focus on studying and maintaining good attendance.
With many high schools from which to choose, gathering information before the process begins can help significantly. Having already navigated the search for middle school, you are somewhat of a pro, and there is much information to help ease you into high school admissions.
As a parent you will want to have as much information as you can about the school choices. Talk with friends, colleagues and use Inside Schools for your information gathering. It is most important however to ensure that your child is actively involved in the process and that you are listening very carefully to his or her concerns and opinions.
Be sure to schedule tours at each of the schools in which you are interested. Tours provide families with a chance to see the school in action and to gain a clearer idea about the environment and academic community that the school provides.
While you may be interested in the range of offerings you will certainly want to begin to narrow the list. School location and your child's academic record, learning style, interests and strengths will certainly be among the considerations. Two of the Department of Education's on-line guides - Making Choices: A High School Admissions Prep Book and High Schools at a Glance - are tools to help you consider the choices.