Know What We Did Last Summer: RPA hosts incoming freshmen at Camp 9, Freshman Seminar

Every summer RPA puts on a summer workshop for incoming 9th grade students called Camp 9, a program designed to help new high schoolers become acquainted with staff, the RPA campus, and become familiar with the differences between high school and middle school.

“Camp 9 was an awesome opportunity for students to meet all freshmen advisors, get on campus and meet one another, said RPA Instructor Laurel Eberhart. “My favorite experience was touring downtown Redmond together! Getting to know students was an awesome added bonus to a great week.”

“It was fun, it was nice getting out and experiencing the campus. Figuring out more about the buildings before school started!”, said incoming 9th grader Matthew Schnaible.

Incoming 9th graders in Camp 9 participated in a lesson where they learned to paint with Bob Ross and they painted rocks to leave around the community to spread happiness and creativity.

Freshman Seminar is a year-long elective course that offers ninth graders some important keys to high school success. This course offers students connections to their peers, self-advocacy skills, communication strategies, college preparation, career discovery, and mock interviews. It introduces freshmen to the culture of RPA focusing on the traditions, activities, and services available. Students will work on high school planning and explore post-secondary career options. The course also include lessons and activities on healthy living and support students in creating healthy habits for high school and their future. In addition, students will have one-on-one conference time with their teacher/advisor throughout the semester.

Incoming 9th graders learning about self-care from instructor Laurel Eberhart in Freshman Seminar.

“The purpose of Freshman Seminar is connection. We strive to connect with our students and to help our students make connections with others and with RPA. My favorite part each year is post secondary options, exploring options for college, career and beyond,” said Eberhart.

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