Provided by Prince William County Schools (PWCS)
When talking with students who are heading to middle school or beginning ninth grade, there are high hopes for making new friends, liking their teachers, and doing well academically. Thanks to a skill-building program offered by PWCS during the summer, students will be confident and ready to succeed after completing the course. In its fifth year, the Student Success Academy is laying a great foundation for rising and current middle school students and rising ninth graders.
Vanessa Velez, a rising ninth grader at Patriot High School, recommends that other students attend the Success Academy. “It is a good way to understand yourself and how your brain works. It helps you to get the most out of what you are taught in class, and I feel less nervous about attending high school,” she said.
At the Success Academy, the students take classes tailored for each grade level. Rising sixth grade students learn about the skills needed in middle school. Rising seventh and eighth grade students receive an enforcement of the skills needed to be successful, and ninth grade students are introduced to transcripts, GPAs, and class choices. The students learn a different skill they will need to succeed in the upcoming school year such as organization, note taking, time management, learning styles, and study skills. At the end of the week, the students receive a certificate of completion from the program.
Rising sixth grader Shaun Hadley spoke about the experience of attending the Success Academy as well. “Attending this will help you to be more prepared for middle school,” said Hadley.