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.
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.