An integral part of the Freshman Academy schedule is the freshman focus class that meets first thing in the morning.
These classes are divided by gender in order to encourage students to build a strong student/teacher relationship with a member of the staff.
During freshman focus, students participate in the school wide literacy program, character education, and civic awareness programs.
Students are involved in the school’s homecoming festivities, which helps to build school spirit.
Students are also involved in programs such as Pink Out, Pennies for Patients, and Relay for Life, which all help to build an awareness of the impact of cancer on our community, as well as the importance of early detection.
Teachers in the Freshman Academy understand the importance of literacy of the development of young students.
Therefore, students participate in the school wide literacy program, which encourages students to read 25 books over the course of the school year.
Students are given two periods of time during the school day in which they are allowed to read self-selected materials during freshman focus as well as in English class.
Students read for 15 minutes in these two classes and keep a brief log of their reading.
This helps to build fluency and comprehension, which will aid students as they move on to college or the workforce.