Freshmen entering Enka High School this year were met with the new idea of a Freshman Academy. The name 2015 Freshman Academy comes from the ultimate goal that every freshman would graduate in the year 2015! The Academy is designed to generate a smooth transition from middle school to high school, reduce the number of behavior issues, increase the number of freshmen promotions with at least 6 of 8 credits, and teach the skills students need to be successful in high school and life after graduation.
In an overall effort to accomplish these tasks, the students have been placed on core teacher teams and all teachers are working closely together to make their classes rigorous, relevant, and engaging while fostering a dynamic and caring relationship with teach student.
The Academy has adopted the philosophy that leadership is an important characteristic to foster in our freshmen; therefore, each six weeks the Academy teachers focus on a particular component of leadership that we call leadership modules. These modules include organization and planning, responsible citizenship (digital citizenship, school citizenship, and community citizenship), career/college exploration, goal setting/future planning, global/cultural awareness, and genuine leadership. Freshmen classes will work to incorporate these ideas into classroom lessons and activities. Additionally, each six weeks Navigator lesson will focus on a module of leadership.