“Building the Foundation for Success, One Student at a Time”
Welcome to the The Freshman Academy website! We will continually update this website to provide valuable and timely information to students, parents and partners in education about how we prepare all students for success in The Freshman Academy at Southside High School.
Thanks for visiting our website.
Ed Roman, 9th Grade Academy Principal
THE ACADEMY: 2016 – 2017
Southside High School Freshman Academy Overview/Purpose
We facilitate and promote the success of all students starting in the 9th grade to build the foundation for high school, college, and lifetime achievement. The Freshman Academy is a comprehensive program that strives to provide each 9th grade student with a rigorous curriculum and a nurturing learning environment that ensures a smooth transition from middle school to high school. Freshman Academy teachers, professional support staff and administrators work collaboratively to establish structures, protocols, rituals and routines within a small learning community. Annual goals include increasing the promotion rate, increasing the combined passage rate on End of Course Exams, increasing the attendance rate, increasing parental involvement and decreasing the total number of discipline referrals. Finally, we enthusiastically promote good citizenship and character through positive feedback, consistent discipline and a comprehensive Character Education Program.
We provide 9th grade students a challenging and customized curriculum and a nurturing environment that ensures a smooth transition to high school and equips them with the necessary knowledge base and skill-sets that enables them to excel throughout high school and beyond.
To be an educational program that exhibits a growth mindset in every decision made and ensures that all students experience success on academic, social and emotional levels. A mindset that leads to teachers, faculty and parents working together seamlessly to facilitate student achievement and helps all students develop into strong self-advocates and lifelong learners.
Freshman Academy Goals
· To increase the 9th grade promotion rate by 5%.
· To increase the passage rate for all End of Course Examinations by 5%.
· To increase the attendance rate by 2%.
· To increase parent involvement (as indicated by contact logs and academic intervention conference summaries)
· To encourage virtuous character by decreasing the number of discipline referrals by 10%.