Freshman Academy Supply List for 2010-2011
Two websites to know and become familiar with: www.collegeboard.com and www.nces.ed.gov/
collegenavigator Go to the Collegeboard website to see the plan for freshmen and look ahead to the plans for sophomores and juniors.
Hours: 9 am-3:00 pm
The purpose of the Woodmont High
School Freshman Academy is to reduce the ninth grade dropout
and failure rates. Nationwide, results show that the
dropout and failure rates among ninth graders are severely
high. The failure or success of a student's ninth grade
year usually determines if he or she will graduate from high
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ninth grade students fail the ninth grade than any other grade.
Poor and minority
students are twice as likely as others to be retained.
repeat at least one year are three times more likely to
drop out of school than students who have not failed a
Among 14 - 15
year-olds who struggle with basic reading and math
skills, 20% drop out of school within two years.
Source: Southern Regional
1. Providing structure
to freshmen as they adjust to their new surroundings.
2. Teachers will get to
know their students better.
3. Students will feel a
greater sense of belonging to our school.
4. Research shows that
attendance for freshmen improves.
regarding students both within school and to home will
6. With more focus on
freshmen needs within the school, behavior problems
7. Teachers will have
common planning times so they can communicate lesson plans
and concerns relating to various students.
8. With common
planning, a meeting with a student and/or parents can be
made to meet with the academy teachers.
WOODMONT HIGH SCHOOL
Information for Freshmen
GUIDANCE NEWS YOU CAN USE!
CLASS OF 2014
- Graduation requirements---It is absolutely your responsibility to know what is required for you to graduate on time. There is no reason that everyone should not graduate on time. Requirements are available on the school and county websites.
- GPA and class rank---BOTTOM LINE: YOU CANNOT HAVE ENOUGH A’S AND B’S!!!
- If you are interested in a Military appointment to West Point, the Naval Academy, the Air Force Academy etc…start your research NOW….these appointments are VERY, VERY, VERY competitive…your counselor can point you in the right direction!!
- Take the “free” points…both within class and within your transcript. If you want to be competitive for college and “up” the chances of getting into your favorite college, you will need A’s and B’s….LOTS of them!!! There are TOO MANY seniors who regret their grades from 9th, 10th, and 11th grades!!
- Postsecondary Plans—WHAT are you going to do when you graduate?? Start thinking about it now…the time will FLY by!!! If you want to go to college, begin NOW looking at college websites and narrowing choices!! Fill out some practice college applications now to see where you may be “lacking”. Check admission requirements now so you have no surprises senior year!!!
- Be sure to talk to your parents about your thoughts/plans…you may have your heart set on a private school and they may insist on a State college (which are GREAT and cost friendly)…it is their money!
- Extra-curricular activities---keep careful track of your club, community service, and sports activities! It is important to get involved in school and/or community activities. You will need this information later and keeping track from freshman year will make it easier for you senior year.
- Ask your teachers what their tutoring schedule is and get help from them as needed!!! STUDY EVERY NIGHT!!! Review your notes whether there is homework assigned or not!!!!! Do ALL ASSIGNMENTS on time!!!! It will save you heartache down the line! If you “do it right the first time”, it will not be hanging over your head!!
- NEVER be afraid to ask for help….your counselor, your teachers, your parents, and the administrators are ALL here to help you….just ASK!!!! Chances are someone sitting in the same room has the exact same question as you!
- Your final exams in ALL classes will count for 20% of your grade…if you study as you go, you will be well prepared!!!
- MOST IMPORTANTLY: We want you to be comfortable, study regularly, get involved in meaningful activities, and get A’s and B’s…the rest will all work out!!....trust us….it’s easier and better to sacrifice a little now to get what you want later!!!