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NHS Freshman Academy

“Education -- An Investment in Yourself”

Freshman year in high school is a time of excitement and expectation. It is a time when young people discover who they are, and more importantly, who they can become. The transition from middle school to high school is a big step in a young person’s life. Norwood High School aims to support this transition through our Freshman Academy.


The NHS Freshman Academy is a program designed to promote an effective and positive transition for students going from grade 8 into their first year at Norwood High School. It is focused on a team approach that shares a common purpose toward developing a sense of community and a strong commitment to student achievement. NHS staff aims to ensure that all students have a positive connection to school, are supported academically and socially through a systemic approach, and are prepared to have a successful high school experience. We believe in creating a culture which promotes students to take responsibility for learning, develop self-confidence, and practice social responsibility. Freshman Academy staff members - a combination of teachers, counselors, deans, administrators, and other support staff - will act as a team to monitor student progress and provide structure through consistent expectations.


Focused on Development of these Skills/Strategies:

  • Self-advocacy skills
  • Communication skills (i.e. contacting teachers and other support staff)
  • Study strategies (e.g. accessing extra help)
  • Clear understanding of expectations (school policies/procedures, classroom rules and grading policies, timelines, etc.)
  • Organizational skills (keeping an agenda, binder, etc.)


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