How do I open my locker? Where is my math class? Who is Mrs. Smith? Thousands of questions go through a teenager's mind as they prepare for their first day of High School. Some are so nervous they can hardly sleep. Others cannot wait for the first day. At Highland Park High School those nerves are calmed through a program they call the 9th Grade Success Academy.
The Academy is designed to help ease the transition from middle school to high school. On Sunday Highland Park opened its doors to Freshmen and their parents to give them a head start. They were ushered into the auditorium where they were given a short introduction. Then they received their schedules and began to navigate their way around the school. Members of the Jr. ROTC program were on hand to answer questions and provide assistance. Teachers introduced themselves and parents learned more about what high school will mean for them and their child.
Kristin Bennett is the 9th Grade Success Academy Principal. She says the Academy began 8 years ago and she has been a part of it for the last four years. Bennett says other schools have modeled similar programs after the one at Highland Park. The Success Academy was designed to help students make it through their freshman year without dropping out. Parents and students agreed the program is helping them adjust to high school.
To hear more from parents and students you can click on the video icon at the top of this page.