With recent renovations to the Freshman Success Academy, why move 9th graders now?

Moving the freshman class to a separate building was a result of overcrowding at the current Junction City High School which would no longer be an issue at a new high school building. The current FSA building will be repurposed by the district to house programs that are currently short on space. These programs could include the Alternative School Program and Boys and Girls Club which provides care and opportunity to area children. Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s research shows that young people who attend a Club regularly perform better than their peers nationally.

  • 68% of Club 12th graders volunteer at least once per month, compared with 39% of 12th graders nationally
  • 90% of Club ninth graders report abstaining from drinking alcohol in the past 30 days, compared with 77% of ninth graders nationally
  • 31% of Club girls ages 12 to 15 are physically active every day, compared with 23% of girls in the same age range nationally
  • A comparison of NYOI and National Survey on Drug Use and Health data suggests that low-income, regularly attending Club members ages 12 to 17 outperform their peers nationally on school grades. About three-quarters of these Club members report earning mostly As and Bs in school, compared with 67 percent of youth nationally

(Statistics provided by Boys and Girls Club of America)

It is thought of as best practice to combine 9, 10, 11, and 12th graders in one high school building. This concept is favored by Junction City High School and District Administration.

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