some quick thoughts

No 8th grade stuff (test scores, grades, attendance) is looked at during the high school admissions process. 

And some feedback and input about questions I’ve been getting about round 2 and the appeals process. My advice, don’t go into this thinking appealing your offer is an easy thing. It’s not. At this point I’ve heard SO MANY RUMORS about the appeal process and most aren’t true. Some appeals process facts:

They must go through the DOE. A principal can’t just accept you on the spot. 

Appeals need to be for a reason like transportation or welfare of the child. I’ve heard people appealing for things like better sports teams not enough friends at the new school. Things like that generally aren’t going to get you very far. 

If you are offered a spot at a school on your list, it’s much harder to appeal because, by it being on your list you’re agreeing you’re fine with your child going there.

There are ZERO appeals at specialized schools. The offer you get is it. 

You HAVE to have an offer to appeal. If for some reason you don’t get an offer in the main round, you can’t appeal until you get a round 2 placement. 

Having said all that, there are exceptions that almost seem like urban legends. I did know a kid Jack’s age who ended up at Beacon even though it wasn’t on his initial list. That was after an appeal to the chancellor and a mom who knew how to make a lot of noise.