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Freshman Academy 

OVERVIEW 

The Ninth Grade Academy, developed around the concept of a small learning community, is a school-within-a-school organized around interdisciplinary teams of English, math, science, and social studies teachers who share a specific area of the school building. Incoming freshmen are connected to a select team of caring Academy staff who will use research proven best instructional strategies to teach the curriculum as well as address their students' needs more personally. Teachers work in a collaborative environment and are committed to the learning of the students they share. Staff will focus on developing and honing the personal and academic skills while connecting students to academic and career pathways that will define their next three years of high school. 

MISSION 

It is the mission of the Ninth Grade Academy to assist the incoming freshman make a smooth transition into high school and meet the rigorous high school standards. 

MOTTO

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GOAL

To provide programs and supports addressing the unique needs of entering freshman resulting in student achievement 

ACADEMY FEATURES

  • Incoming first time freshmen are assigned to the freshman academy. The academy is an organizational arrangement that assigns students and teachers to a team in a set of rooms).
  • The academy
    • consists of cross-curricular teams of English, math, science, and social studies teachers with one member serving as Academy Leader.
    • contains courses of varying abilities, i.e. honors, regular, and acceleration, and
    • has a common planning period for staff to meet.
  • Students remain with the teachers in their academy the entire year.
  • Located on the first floor in a designated part of the building.
  • Students may participate in required and elective classes outside their house, as well as other activities such as clubs and sports.
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