Incoming freshmen at Proviso East High School and Proviso West High School will get plenty of help making the transition to high school with the new Freshman Learning Academy at both schools.
Ninth-graders in general experience some difficulty as they move from middle school to high school, with some experiencing social, emotional, physical, and intellectual challenges, said Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of Proviso Township High Schools District 209. The program will be required from all freshmen as getting off to a good start during the freshman year is key to success, she said.
"It is necessary to provide support at this crucial year in a high school student’s career," Dr. Collins-Hart said. "Academic performance and success cannot be optional for incoming freshmen. We believe that providing these supports early will help them be successful and be ready to pursue any college, trade school, or career path they choose upon graduation."
One component of the Freshman Learning Academy will be a Freshman Support Seminar during the freshman lunch period. Focusing on developing academic skills, monitoring academics and attendance, preparing for life after high school, career pathways, and other skills, freshmen will receive extra help in being successful. They also will be able to get additional help in the Academic Learning Hub for English and math during periods four, five, and six as well as after school from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
In addition, incoming freshmen will be assigned an adult support mentor, who will provide additional counseling support. The mentor also can be another layer of support for parents or guardians of freshman students.
"I am so pleased to see that we are beginning to put more focus on building academic programs," said Mrs. Theresa L. Kelly, President of the District 209 Board of Education. "This is the type of thing I have been encouraging for years."
For more information, contact Proviso East High School at (708) 344-7000 or Proviso West High School at (708) 449-6400.