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ERIC Number: EJ768209
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1529-8957
Freshman Academies on a Shoestring
Clark, Carrie; Hunley, Allen
Principal Leadership, v7 n7 p41, 43, 45 Mar 2007
Regardless of where they live, incoming freshmen face the same problems nationwide, such as anxiety about entering a new school, social pressure, and increased academic pressure and responsibility. Freshman academies have been introduced in many larger schools to offset these issues. A typical freshman academy isolates freshmen from the rest of the student population using a school-within-a-school model. The goals of a typical academy are to provide structure, to provide a sense of belonging, and to ease the transition into high school while integrating content and increasing communication between teachers and parents. Some large schools have received federal grant money to implement such academies, but these grants do not target rural schools. At Muhlenberg South High School in rural Greenville, Kentucky, a freshman academy has been developed that does not rely on grants or outside resources. The academy uses a modified block schedule. Core subjects are taught using a middle school model and electives are taught in a block schedule model. Increased communication between parents, students, and teachers eases anxiety about starting high school. The academy has shown success in a number ways, but it is constantly evaluated and modified to meet the ever-changing needs of the students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Kentucky