Freshman Orientation 2022

Dear Freshman Students and Parents, 

Welcome to Glenbard West! We know that the transition to high school is exciting, but also has its challenges. For that reason, West has designed a mandatory orientation to provide our incoming students with the best opportunity for success.  New Student Orientation will take place on Friday, August 5th. Orientation will begin at 7:30am in the Auditorium. All freshmen/new students are required to attend New Student Orientation.

All freshmen/new students will attend orientation sessions led by the Glenbard West Staff and Link Crew Mentors. Our Mentors have undergone several hours of training so that they can assist freshmen students with this transition and provide them with the information needed to successfully begin high school at Glenbard West. 

Sessions held at the orientation will acquaint students with members of the staff, allow students the opportunity to meet other freshman students, provide an overview of the academic resources available to students, address expectations for behavior, explain extracurricular opportunities, introduce students to the culture and traditions of Glenbard West, and provide recommendations for academic success and practical tips to help your student succeed at Glenbard West. 

On August 5th, bus transportation to orientation will be provided. At Back to School Day on Thursday, August 4th, freshmen will receive information about their bus routes and times. Busses will pick students up at their assigned stops, and will transport students back to their regular stops at the conclusion of Freshman Orientation. 

Please encourage your student to eat a healthy breakfast before attending orientation.  Students do not need to bring anything to orientation, including iPads. Students will be asked to put their cell phones away during the program. Students should wear comfortable shoes and clothing for walking around the building and being active. 

On behalf of the Senior Mentors, Faculty and Staff, we welcome you to the Glenbard West Family and look forward to meeting you on August 5th


Chris Mitchell – Assistant Principal for Student Services 


 7:30am – 8:20am
Auditorium Program
  • Senior Mentors Welcome
  • Meet Mr. Monaghan
  • Student Council President
8:20am – 10:20am
Classrooms Work with Senior Mentors
  • Connect with Senior Mentor
  • Learning Your Way Around
  • Meet the Deans
10:20am -11:15am
Biester Gym
  • Dance
  • Fight Song
  • West Way Spirit w/ Mr. Mitchell

Important Dates for Freshmen

August 4th: Freshman Registration

August 5th: Freshman Orientation

Freshman PLC Meetings On these days, freshmen are required to remain at school from 2:00 to 2:35 for additional enrichment activities. Busses will be provided for students at the conclusion of the meetings.

  • August 22
  • September 12
  • September 19
  • October 3
  • November 7
  • December 5