Focused Learning Community Director
MR Phil Thompson
SHS Freshman Academy
Freshman Academy Overview
The mission of the Freshman Academy is to provide an environment where freshman can feel comfortable and valued in the high school setting. At the high school level, students will encounter a wide variety of choices including elective classes, core classes, varsity-level sports, and extra-curricular activities.
The Freshman Academy at Statesville High School is designed as a means of transition from the middle school to the high school environment. By focusing students on core academics, character building, and proper study habits, we are preparing our freshmen for not only the remainder of their high school career but also for the challenges of becoming productive members of our community.
Students will encounter a smaller learning community with a wide variety of class choices and more personal contact with teachers, counselors and the principal. New surroundings may seem overwhelming, often leading to discouragement and poor academic performance.
Purpose of the Academy:
Reduce the 9th grade failure rate
Ease the transition from middle school to high school.
Reduce discipline referrals and increase the attendance rate.
Increase the percentage of 9th graders who graduate from SHS four years from their entry date.
Provide a structured environment and curriculum that will be conducive to the learning styles of 9th graders.
Freshman Academy Goals:
1. Create a smaller, safer, more personal, high school learning environment where all stakeholders care for one another and work collaboratively to support student learning and achievement.
2. Strengthen educational expectations for our students to ensure that they attain their educational goals, earn their high school diploma and leave high school equipped with the knowledge and skills to be successful in any career or post secondary experience.
Benefits of Freshman Academy:
1. Provide structure to freshmen as they adjust to their new surroundings.
2. Teachers and students will get to know each other better through advisory.
3. Students will feel a greater sense of belonging to our school and attendance will approve.
4. Greater communication between school and home
6. With more focus on freshman needs within the school, behavior problems decrease.
7. Academy teachers will have common planning times so they can communicate lesson plans and concerns relating to various students.
Frequently Asked Questions:
1. Where will the Freshman Academy be located?
The Academy will be located on the first floor of the wing that parallels the football field, in what use to be referred to as the English Hall.
2. What are Teacher Advisory Groups?
Each Freshman will be assign to a Teacher Advisory Group. Advisors will work to build positive relationships with their group members, personalizing the school experience for each student. Students and advisors will work together to maintain a Grade Tracking Process that will enable the student to set high but attainable education and career goals. Teacher/Advisors will monitor student progress and grades as well as provide referrals to academic tutoring and other academic assistance programs.
3. Is there anything planned during the summer between 8th and 9th grades?
Yes. All 9th graders are invited to attend FAST Camp (Freshman Achieving Successful Transition). At the camp, students meet and become better acquainted with their teachers, classmates and the SHS campus. Students will participate in introductory activities as well as fun activities.
Students will take 8 courses including: