Providence schools to launch Freshman Academy

“Ninth grade is a formative year in high school and we are using this opportunity to prioritize the freshman experience. Our plan is to create a small, personalized learning community with built-in structures and supports to nurture the students and prepare them for future high school success,” Superintendent Harrison Peters explained. 
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE)- Providence Public Schools announced Wednesday plans to pilot a special freshman academy for the fall.

The program will consist of 200 ninth-graders at newcomer students. The purpose of the freshman academy is to ease the transition between middle school and high school.

Students enrolled will transition to Dr. Jorge Alvarez High School for grades 10-12.

“Ninth grade is a formative year in high school and we are using this opportunity to prioritize the freshman experience. Our plan is to create a small, personalized learning community with built-in structures and supports to nurture the students and prepare them for future high school success,” Superintendent Harrison Peters explained.

Peters added that freshman year performance tends to be predictive of college readiness. A team of specialists will teach core curriculum and will receive “intensive professional development in adolescent development and academic success.””

The academy is also planning tutoring and summer enrichment opportunities.

Rhode Island Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Angélica Infante-Green said, “The Turnaround Action Plan, built by the community, explicitly calls out the need to increase the percentage of ninth graders on track for postsecondary success. This innovative program is a direct response to our student’s needs.”

Half of the students in the inaugural class will be students who are new to the country and have had their formal education interrupted. The school district said this should bring a distinct international feel to the program.

The Branch Avenue facility is set to undergo upgrades such as an audio enhancement system in every classroom to support multilingual students, as well as adding a gymnasium.

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