Freshman Success = High School Success
Studies continue to prove that freshman success is the best indicator of graduation rates in high school. At RPA, we take every care to build in success from the beginning of high school. RPA invests heavily in our freshmen by building early success into their schedules. Each freshman has a staff advisor, who takes time to get to know each of their students and their needs and is available through email, phone/text, and appointment.
Every freshman at RPA takes a Personal Finance/Civics course.
Every freshman at RPA also takes Freshman Seminar, a required course taught by their advisor, in order to engage in and build the following:
- Personal/Interpersonal Skills:
Continue the process of discovering and knowing self through group interactions and through varied self-assessments
Connect with peers
- Life Skills:
The Seven Habits of the Highly Effective RPA Student (Dependability, Optimism, Respect, Curiosity, Zest, Grit, and Gratitude)
- Career Prep:
Interest/skills-based Research about Potential Careers
- College Prep:
Learn College Language
ACT Aspire Testing
Every freshman will engage in community service once a week as part of their Freshman Seminar class in addition to the above topics. Every freshman is also required to schedule a Frosh Study Lab, guided by a licensed instructor, three times a week. (MWF).
Hartman, J., Wilkins, C., Gregory, L., Gould, L. F., & D’Souza, S. (2011). Applying an ontrack indicator for high school graduation: Adapting the Consortium on Chicago School Research indicator for five Texas districts. (Issues & Answers Report, REL 2011–No.100). Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, Regional Educational Laboratory Southwest.Available from: http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED514377.pdf
This study uses a measure of the on-track or off-track status of students at the end of grade 9 as an indicator of whether students in five Texas districts would graduate from high school in four years. In all five districts, on-time graduation rates were higher for students who were on track at the end of grade 9 than for students who were off track, both for students overall and for all racial/ethnic groups.