During their first year in high school, freshmen select their academy or pathway. Even as students begin academy or pathway classes in their sophomore year, they maintain core classes with access to advanced academics, fine arts and electives.

Freshman Ja’Shya Meeks plans to be an interior designer when she finishes school. The Freshman Academy offers her ways to meet that goal. Next year, she’ll begin her pathway in design and construction.

“When I got to high school, I knew they would have a career path for me to join,” said Meeks. “I can’t wait to start taking my pathway classes.”

Freshman Academy also provides a place for ninth graders to build a community and adjust to life as high school students. At Bryan High, Clements and her team provide students with a fun and educational experience. They plan many activities like college visits, tailgating at sporting events and breakfast with the principal.

“They genuinely look like they’re having a good time,” said Clements. “It’s nice to see them hanging out with their friends, playing games and getting to know them in a different setting.”