Since 2008, Ruston High School’s Freshman Academy exists to provide ninth grade students with a structured yet nurturing academic environment that enables a successful transition from middle school to high school.
The RHS Freshman Academy is designed to ensure success for every student. We believe that all students can learn and achieve at a high level; therefore, our priority is to set high expectations for all students and to not accept failure as an option. Because we believe that relationships are essential to a student’s success, the academy fosters communication between students and teachers, the school and the parents, and the school and the community. We desire to create an atmosphere that will assist students in a smooth transition from middle school to high school, educating and caring for the whole student.
The Freshman Academy supports Ruston High School’s efforts to emphasize academic excellence, encourage school involvement, nurture personal and social responsibility, and recognize student accomplishments.
Much of what allows students to transition into the high school setting involves strategic scheduling. Freshmen students are divided into four teams, and each team of students has the same four core teachers who communicate with each other and administration regularly about student progress. Class sizes within the Academy are limited to 20-25 students per class, enabling the classroom experience to be as personal and productive as possible. All freshmen students have the same lunch shift each day. The academy classrooms and lockers are located together on the third floor of the school, allowing students to move from class to class with less confusion.
The RHS Bearcat Mentoring Program is an organization in which upper class students help freshmen students with the transition to the high school campus. Open to juniors and seniors, students chosen as mentors are assigned a small group of freshman students to mentor. They conduct Bearcat Orientation at the opening of the school year, and they meet weekly during Advisory in the fall.