The transition to high school is a major event in the life of a young person, and yet very few substantial strategies for support exist in most high schools. Numerous studies show that the transition to high school is marked by a period of emotional stress and discomfort for adolescents, often times resulting in a decrease in academic achievement and an increasingly difficult social adjustment. It is this combination of factors that can be the impetus to poor decision making, as well as high risk and self destructive behavior for freshmen.
High schools don’t have to just stand by and allow this rite of passage to happen to their freshmen. SMHS implements strategic and intentional actions, we put in place a structure where freshmen get the necessary support to successfully navigate this significant transition and we start their high school experience on a positive note.