Freshman Academy NSJHS


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Freshman Academy NSJHS

  1. 1. Freshman Academy New San Juan High School
  2. 2. Freshman Academy Goals <ul><li>To increase the graduation rate </li></ul><ul><li>To increase individual GPA </li></ul><ul><li>To facilitate the transition into high school </li></ul><ul><li>To decrease the amount of learning problems associated with attendance and behavior </li></ul><ul><li>Introduce 9th grade students to the Spartan Way and to provide exposure to each of the career paths we offer here at New San Juan High School. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Academy Organizations <ul><li>All incoming first time freshmen are assigned to a team of students. A team is an organizational arrangement that assigns students and teachers to teams. </li></ul><ul><li>A summer camp orientation experience is offered to all incoming freshman. </li></ul><ul><li>Each team consists of cross-curricular teams of English, Science, and Social Studies teachers with one member serving as a lead teacher. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Academy Organizational Structure <ul><li>Contains courses of varying abilities, i.e. honors, regular, intervention, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Has a common planning period for staff to meet. </li></ul><ul><li>Students remain with teachers in their teams the entire year. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Some of the activities we hope to use to make our vision a reality:   <ul><li>Students will explore each of the five career paths, which are Arts, Media & Entertainment, Hospitality Management, Engineering & Design, Transportation Technology, Construction. </li></ul><ul><li>Team exhibitions & projects </li></ul><ul><li>Team, school, and community service activities </li></ul><ul><li>AVID offerings </li></ul><ul><li>Service learning experiences </li></ul><ul><li>Ninth grade mentoring program with senior class guides </li></ul><ul><li>Ninth grade seminar/advisory program </li></ul><ul><li>Parent/business/community </li></ul><ul><li>involvement </li></ul><ul><li>Recognition ceremonies </li></ul><ul><li>Fall Freshman Feast </li></ul><ul><li>(with Alumni sponsorship) </li></ul><ul><li>Summer Camp orientation </li></ul><ul><li>Team field trips </li></ul>
  6. 6. Wheel Rotation Description <ul><li>The first rotation in the to be developed academy wheel will be the same for all freshmen. The first 4 ½ week rotation will be a combination of an introduction to AVID and Freshman Seminar. </li></ul>Career Paths and AVID CONSTRUCTION AVID HOSPITALITY TV MEDIA ENGINEERING TRANSPORTATION
  7. 7. Wheel Rotation Description <ul><li>In rotations 2 thru 7 students will move every 4 ½ weeks thru each of the five career paths and AVID, completing a career exploration of each of the five paths. Student will also complete a student directed project at the end of each rotation demonstrating their understanding and their ability to apply the information they received during instruction. The AVID course will offer the support and the skills needed to plan for college. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Wheel Rotation Description <ul><li>Rotation 8 is Career preparation. During this rotation all students will complete a career assessment, complete online career research to learn more about their chosen career path, and participate in an off campus job shadow day. At the end of this path each student will have a completed job application, resume, learn proper interview attire and etiquette and acquired interviewing skills and experience interviews with members of the local Citrus Heights Chamber of Commerce. </li></ul>Career Paths and AVID CONSTRUCTION AVID HOSPITALITY TV MEDIA ENGINEERING TRANSPORTATION
  9. 9. Course Outline <ul><li>Rotation 1: Freshmen Orientation </li></ul><ul><li>Freshman Seminar/Orientation </li></ul><ul><li>Graduation and beyond </li></ul><ul><li>Self exploration </li></ul><ul><li>Preparing for career pathway </li></ul><ul><li>Rotation 2: Introduction to AVID </li></ul><ul><li>Cornell notes, and learning logs </li></ul><ul><li>4 year planner and graduation requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Tutorials </li></ul><ul><li>College research and planning </li></ul>
  10. 10. Course Outline Continued <ul><li>Rotation 3: Culinary Arts Career Exploration </li></ul><ul><li>Rotation 4: Construction Career Exploration </li></ul><ul><li>Rotation 5: Media Arts and Entertainment Career Exploration </li></ul><ul><li>Rotation 6: Transportation Technology Career Exploration </li></ul><ul><li>Rotation 7: Engineering and Design </li></ul><ul><li>Rotation 8: Career Exploration </li></ul><ul><li>Career assessment & online career research </li></ul><ul><li>Job application </li></ul><ul><li>Resume writing </li></ul><ul><li>Interview attire and etiquette </li></ul><ul><li>Mock interview </li></ul>
  11. 11. What are the projected benefits? <ul><li>Increased academic achievement </li></ul><ul><li>Increased attendance </li></ul><ul><li>Improved attitudes and behavior </li></ul><ul><li>Increased number of students going on to 10 th grade without a deficit in credits </li></ul><ul><li>Decreased drop out rate due to loss of credit, course failure or behavioral and attendance issues </li></ul>
  12. 12. What are the projected benefits? <ul><li>Increased extracurricular activity participation rate </li></ul><ul><li>Increased awareness of academic/career options </li></ul><ul><li>Stronger student-teacher relationships </li></ul><ul><li>Increased parent involvement and communication </li></ul><ul><li>Establishing academic identity in all students </li></ul>
  13. 13. Thank You <ul><li>END </li></ul>