STAMFORD — To ease the transition from middle school to high school, some incoming freshmen spent this past week getting a jumpstart on the high school experience.
More than 30 rising ninth graders participated in the launch of Stamford Achieves’ Beyond Limits Scholars Program, a summer bridge program designed to support the significant number of students that enter high school unprepared for the academic and social challenges awaiting them.
“Stamford Achieves has been monitoring the transition to high school for a long time,” said Andy Sklover, Stamford Achieves Director of Education and Advocacy.
“Looking at the numbers, there’s a significant amount of students that are struggling. Strong students in middle school can get to high school and take a dip because it’s overwhelming or they don’t have the time management or study skills.”
Stamford Achieves’ participation in the High School Call to Action Committee served as the impetus for the initiative.
Held at University of Connecticut’s Stamford campus, the program provides students with a multitude of necessities for high school success including organization and time management, note taking, study and research skills, self-efficacy, personal goals and long-range planning and social media etiquette.
“They’re filling their knapsack with tools they need to navigate high school successfully. They have many more tools than average freshmen coming into high school. Even if they were here for one day, they are a cut above all of the other freshmen,” said Rebecca Wilson, a guidance counselor at Stamford High School.
A committee of middle school principals, guidance counselors and teachers selected scholars for the program. Students were required to complete an application, a program agreement and an interview at their middle schools.
Students in the program graduated from one of Stamford Public Schools’ five middle schools this past June — Cloonan, Turn of River, Rippowam, Scofield Magnet and Dolan.
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