Prairie View High School's Freshman Academy

Access to High-Quality Schools | 03/16/2021

Judith Martinez
Director of Colorado Center for High School Success

Our Center for High School Success is honored to be able to work with Prairie View High School (PVHS) in Henderson, Colorado. We are excited to highlight the approach the school is taking with their newly launched Freshman Academy.

PVHS’s Freshman Academy is an Initiative to support 9th graders in their transition to high school and throughout their freshman year to ensure they are on track.  Our team wanted to learn more and we talked to the assistant principal, the Ninth Grade Success Team leaders, a Freshman Academy student, and her mom. In the coming week we will be sharing reflections from these individuals about Freshman Academy and elevating key takeaways and ideas that other schools across Colorado could consider.

The Center for High School Success (CHSS) provides training, coaching, data supports, and peer learning through a ninth-grade success network to districts and high schools interested in applying effective strategies as a key lever for increasing graduation rates. Currently in Colorado, 12 schools and 6 districts are participating in the Colorado CHSS network. These high schools serve close to 4,000 ninth-grade students. In Semester 1 of this year, 86% of the schools reporting student data showed progress in reducing course failure and supporting ninth graders in keeping-up with their school work during moves to remote and hybrid learning models.  

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