New Student & Parent Orientation and Starting Dates

  • 2024-2025 West Fargo Community High School
    New Student & Parent Orientation and Starting Dates
    311 1st Avenue East – Door #23 / Phone: 701-356-2008


    • Wednesday, August 7 Orientation @ 9:00 a.m.
    • Tuesday, August 13 – Orientation @ 9:00 a.m.
      • August 21 START This is the first day of the 2024-2025 school year!
    • September 3 – Orientation @ 9:00 a.m. ***ORIENTATIONS ARE HELD ON TUESDAYS
      • September 16 START
    • October 1 – Orientation @ 9:00 a.m.
      • October 14 START
      • October 28 START (after first quarter – standalone start date for anyone on waiting list)
    • October 29 – Orientation @ 9:00 a.m.
      • November 12 START
    • November 19 – Orientation @ 9:00 a.m.
      • December 2 START
    • December 17 – Orientation @ 9:00 a.m.
      • January 13 START ***FIRST DAY OF 2nd SEMESTER IS JAN. 13
      • January 22 START (after second quarter – standalone start date for anyone on waiting list)
    • January 28 – Orientation @ 9:00 a.m.
      • February 10 START
    • February 25 – Orientation @ 9:00 a.m.
      • March 10 START
      • March 24 START (after third quarter – standalone start date for anyone on waiting list)
    • March 25 – Orientation @ 9:00 a.m.
      • April 7 START (32 days of school left – last start date of the year)


    The rationale for establishing starting dates provides the office and staff time to prepare for the new student(s) and provides the opportunity to start new students in a cohort where they can have some common experiences with other new students.  It also provides a delay to transfer to CHS that may allow a cooling off period and reflection time to think about what is in their best interest.  Orientations last about one hour.

    Students with an IEP or ILP must discuss the transfer with their case manager and gain approval of the transfer.

    Students on a 504 need to meet with the CHS principal PRIOR to enrollment at CHS to determine if the 504 is still necessary and what, if any, accommodations are still needed in our alternative setting.

    Students would still need to go through the transfer request – meet with your counselor to complete the online transfer request form.

    Please Note:

    1. Students (and parent/guardian) MUST attend orientation to attend Community High.
    2. If they are not sure about transferring, they should attend orientation anyway, just to have that done.  
    3. No student will be enrolled at CHS before attending an orientation.  
    4. If an orientation or START is cancelled because of a school closing, it will be held the next school day.  \
    5. Orientation may be cancelled if we have a waiting list, and we will not be able to accommodate any additional students before the next start date.
    6. All students are also required to pay a $15 registration fee. (Cost of  t-shirts, water bottles, binders, food, awards, and other student consumables.)
    7. All students must Check Out of their high school – return all materials, pay all outstanding fines or fees before starting at Community High School.