How to Strategically Transition Your Incoming Class
Our programs will help you:
- Improve graduation rates and test scores for your incoming class
- Increase student engagement and build leadership capacity. This is a unique student driven initiative, so staff don't have to take on more work
- Build an achievement culture at your school
- Have sustained results through blended learning using onsite and online trainings of student leaders and yearlong lessons
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Our Unique, Results Focus Programs
Parent information nights and school tours are important, but there is so much more you can do this spring to get your incoming class thinking about the importance of high school and beyond. Let the transition begin now! Mentors can not only make a great first impression of your school, but they can also begin showing the importance of preparing early to get off to a good start! A small team of student mentors will be selected and trained to make several visits to your feeder schools. Lessons are customized to your district needs, with subjects ranging from ‘Everything I wish I knew before entering High School’ to ‘What is a GPA?’ to ‘How do I get involved?’ 'How can I get off to a fast start to meet my goals". Mentors can work with counselors to help with registration as well.
Orientation by Student Design
Mentors are selected and trained to understand the critical elements of designing and delivering an orientation for the greatest impact—purposefully designed to build relationships between the upperclassmen and incoming students based on mutual respect and caring. Mentors are given ownership and responsibility with staff support to “orient” and embrace the incoming class students.
Student-to-Student Yearlong Mentoring
Selected and trained caring upperclassmen mentors will support their 'mentee' family throughout the year on a 1:5 ratio. Ongoing mentor training, classroom feedback, and course corrections are features of the program. Curriculum is customized to school goals. Lesson subjects include: improving your GPA, Peer Pressure vs. Peer Influence, Drug and Alcohol Abuse, STAAR learner, and Cyber Bullying. The student mentors are trained through a dual learning method. All lessons including quizzes for understanding, model videos and reflections that are hosted online, and an onsite monthly training led by an Ignite Coach to lead through experiential activities and facilitate all lessons in small groups.