Ursuline High School recognizes the difficulty for many students when making the transition from their elementary or junior high school to Ursuline. The Freshman Success Transition Program is a program that ensures all freshmen have a successful year as Ursuline High School students. The program’s goals include:
- Providing a smooth transition to grade nine at UHS,
- Developing habits of mind and work in student’s daily overall performance,
- Creating, initiating, and practicing rigor in academics,
- Establishing quality working relationships with teachers, administrators, and support staff.
- Promoting class and school pride through social and religious experiences, and
- Involving parents in the academic and social activities of the school.
Components of the program include:
- Summer School – All freshmen have the opportunity to begin their Ursuline experience with Summer School Physical Education. This summer school class gives freshmen the opportunity to earn physical education credit and, more importantly, gives each student an opportunity to meet their new classmates.
- Freshman Success Study Skills Program – Each freshman will participate in a special study skills unit in their English classes where they will learn about and practice effective study skills and work habits, which will become part of the classroom expectations from all teachers.
- Freshman Orientations – The first freshman orientation in May is an optional program that includes class unity exercises, information on athletics and extracurriculars, and the opportunity to meet fellow classmates. The second required orientation in August allows students to familiarize themselves with their locker, class changes, and classroom locations, as well as time to meet with their NHS Mentor.
- Parent Social – The Freshmen parents will have the opportunity to gather in a casual environment to meet other parents and the Ursuline Faculty and Administration. In addition to the social nature of this event, parents will be able to learn invaluable information about their son or daughter’s new school.
- Social/ Class Unity Programs – In addition to all school activities, Ursuline plans several special programs for the freshman, including Freshman Olympics, the Freshman Retreat, and other social activities.
- NHS Mentors – Each freshman is paired with a senior member of the National Honor Society, who serves as a resource throughout the school year. The mentoring program follows the Link Crew curriculum, a nationally recognized high school transition program.