9th Grade P.R.I.D.E. Academy


Ninth graders are adolescents undergoing the difficult transition from middle school to high school. As they face the social, emotional, physical, and intellectual challenges of this stage of their development, it is easy for them to feel overwhelmed, confused and alone.

The goal of the PRIDE Academy is to create a support-rich environment that maximizes student success in the first year of high school. Our commitment is to ease the transition into high school and help more students stay in school and progress towards graduation.

Highlights include:

  • Teams of core academic teachers, a resource teacher, a guidance counselor, dean, and an administrator who collaborate and share responsibility for success
  • A pyramid of interventions including parent involvement, support services, and after-school tutoring
  • Team Time (Academic Intervention)
  • Senior Mentoring
  • Required Freshmen Seminar Class
  • Student led conferences provide a structure whereby students describe their own academy progress and performance to their parents

The Freshmen Seminar class is an essential component of our ninth grade academy. Strong emphasis is on self-awareness and career exploration. A major objective of the Freshmen Seminar class is for students to identify a purpose and focus for their studies toward senior project and graduation. The class teaches study skills, goal setting, and organizational skills required for successful transition to high school and beyond.

The Freshman Seminar course is used to help ninth grade students explore career academy options for their high school course selections. The Freshman Seminar course is used to help 9th grade students explore the career academy options in each small learning community so that they can choose their high school course selections with great awareness.


Last Modified: April 9, 2015 at 4:41 pm