NEW APPROACH ADOPTED AT NEW HANOVER HIGH TO TEACH FRESHMEN
New Hanover High School is taking a new approach to teaching its freshmen class. Five weeks into the school year, administrators said the program is working. It's called the Freshmen Academy. The goal is to make sure all 473 freshmen graduate from the school in four years. "Freshmen Academy started when a bunch of teachers just got together and realized what we were doing for our students wasn't effective," said Jodi Johnson. She is one of the teachers who helped launch the program this year. The school reassigned teachers, moving the most-dynamic ones to teach this class. They made the third floor of the school freshmen only. Now, all of the students' core classes – like Algebra and English – are all on the same floor. Teachers say it's bringing the students and staff together.