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Welcome to the 9th Grade Academy!
Understandably, the size of Wando High School may generate feelings of anxiety for some of our upcoming freshmen and their parents. In order to ease the transition into high school, we have intentionally structured our building and curriculum to create a smaller community within our school for our youngest students. The Ninth Grade Academy is a warm and welcoming place for students to embark on a successful high school experience without becoming overwhelmed.

Advancing from middle school to high school can be a monumental step, both academically and socially. As students begin to consider their choices and make plans for the future, they quickly learn that Wando High School offers a remarkable abundance of educational and extracurricular opportunities. The Ninth Grade Academy provides freshmen with the time they need to adjust to high school life in a safe, nurturing environment.

Ninth Grade Academy

Mission Statement

The mission of the Wando High School Ninth Grade Academy is to provide an optimal environment for successful transition into high school by creating a nurturing, smaller learning community for our Freshman class.

Freshman Focus

All of our ninth grade students take Freshman Focus, a course designed to prepare them for success in all areas of study. Freshman Focus is designed to promote critical thinking, hone study skills, cultivate leadership abilities, and identify learning styles. The students complete career and interest inventories and participate in career and college exploration projects.
Character Education is also a component of Freshman Focus. Students define and practice positive character traits such as respect, honesty, and integrity throughout the course.

Walk the Warrior Way

Our freshman students begin school one day earlier than the rest of our student body for a special Freshman Orientation day. This is an opportunity for students to meet their classmates, get to know some of their teachers, and become comfortable with the campus and administration. We guide the students through a variety of activities and enjoy a relaxed day together. Students are taught right from the start that the most successful students at Wando “Walk the Warrior Way” by acting responsibly, showing respect, using “inside voices” and achieving excellence in all that they do.

Get to Know Us

Our Ninth Grade Academy team consists of two administrators, three guidance counselors, and over forty teachers dedicated solely to the needs of our freshmen.
If you would like to learn more about the Ninth Grade Academy at Wando, please give us a call at 843-881-8241.

Ninth Grade Academy
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