Our interaction with incoming freshmen begins with Family Night in the spring semester of eighth grade, during which we discuss the transition to high school, academic and behavioral expectations, and extracurricular opportunities. During the next few weeks, we visit all middle schools and enroll students into their ninth grade classes based upon eighth grade teacher recommendations.
Early in the fall, we hold a Freshman Parent Coffee to review the transition to high school, high school diploma requirements, college requirements, and support services (after school tutoring, study skills workshops, parent portal, Canvas, the Office Hours program, Project Success, etc.). At each progress report, which is issued every five to six weeks, we identify struggling students. When appropriate, we schedule SRT (student review team) meetings, especially for students with two or more “F’s,” and propose a student-centered plan for success.
In early spring, we visit the ninth grade classrooms and review graduation requirements, transcripts, college requirements, support resources, GPA calculations, summer school and tenth grade course selection. During spring registration (for fall classes), we are available to answer any questions. In May, we send home letters to parents of struggling freshman who should enroll in summer school classes.