I'm a student at Lincoln County High School, and I'm concerned about the choices my school is making. Our school has received grant money to form a project in our school called a Freshmen Academy. This project is basically taking our upcoming freshmen and isolating them from the rest of the staff and students. The reason for this academy is to help the freshmen get ready for high school by keeping them in the same basic surroundings, like at the middle school. My question is, how will this help them adapt? When they become sophomores, they will face the same hardship of becoming freshmen. The change is just prolonged.
Another question is, will this new academy affect everyone else in the school and how? The freshmen are going to stay with the same people and same teachers for a whole year. This will cause a new bell schedule and the rest of the school to change classes. The class change could lower the participation in the art programs (band, media and chorus). I am a member of the band, and this program is putting a damper on next year's season. We rely on the upcoming freshmen and without them, our prospects for marching band are very slim. So we must change our class time to fit the academy's program and that causes problems of its own that affect middle school band and elementary band. Without someone teaching the generation coming up, there could be a chance that band will no longer exist in Lincoln County unless something is done.