What is the Academy Model?
The model is focused on Small Learning Communities centered on student advocacy and wraparound services designed to promote optimum success in the ninth grade. Research supports the fact that students who are successful during their ninth-grade year are much more likely to graduate than students who are unsuccessful. A clear program of study based on RIGOR, RELEVANCE, and RELATIONSHIP will serve as the catalyst for a strong foundation in high school, therefore, increasing the likelihood that students will graduate. An academy graduate will exhibit the following:
- ACT Score of 21
- Completion of the Individual Career & Academic Plan (iCAP)
- Completion of an online course or Computer Proficiency Course
- College credit or a nationally-recognized professional certificate
- Completion of community service, an intensive, or a capstone project
Freshman Academy Structure
Students will be assigned to cohorts of no more than 150 students. These cohorts of students will share six teachers who will work exclusively with that team of students. Teachers will have specific knowledge of students needs and thereby be able to take a team approach to better support these learners. All of this will occur utilizing the school within a school environment separate from the remainder of the student body. This structure will allow for a much-needed nurturing environment designed to assist students in their transition from middle school to high school.
Eddie Allen, Freshman Academy Principal
Jannifer Norwood, Freshman Academy Coach
Tara Lomax, Freshman Academy Counselor