NORTH IREDELL HIGH SCHOOL
NIHS Freshman Academy Mission
The mission of the NIHS Freshman Academy is to establish positive learning environment that provides the steps for successful transition into high school while engaging students in a rigorous and challenging curriculum resulting in high student achievement.
What is Freshman Academy
Our Freshman Academy is a transition program based largely on the research-based, results-oriented smaller learning community (SLC) concept. An SLC is essentially a small, autonomous school-within-a-school. Research has revealed that SLC's create a greater sense of connectedness and belonging for students as well academic equity. In addition, studies have shown that SLC's such as our Freshman Academy produce improved academic achievement and decreased behavioral problems.
Goals of the Freshman Academy
- Increase overall academic achievement
Improve ninth grade attendance
Reduce the number of dropouts
Increase the promotion rates of students from 9th to 10th grade
Decrease ninth grade discipline referrals
Increase parent involvement
Foster greater extracurricular and community involvement
Parental involvement is a critical component of student success. It is our commitment to encourage parent participation and maintain communication within Freshman Academy parents.