NEWPORT, R.I. – Salve Regina University has started a Freshman Academy at Rogers High School, a partnership designed to support and retain at-risk ninth-graders and thereby reduce the school’s dropout rate.
The program will kick off for the academic year on Monday, Sept. 16 with a Team Building and Leadership Training day at the University of Rhode Island’s Alton Jones campus. The event will include team problem solving, low ropes course and trust building activities, among more. Activities will be conducted from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Participants will include 10 Rogers High School faculty members, 32 RHS freshmen, faculty members from Salve Regina’s education department and Salve Regina students enrolled in the university course SCD298: “Tutoring and Mentoring in a Multicultural Society.”
The Freshman Academy is part of Salve Regina’s sustained “Targeted Intervention Model of Dropout Prevention” program in partnership with Rogers High School and generously funded by the Van Beuren Charitable Foundation.
The effort was launched in 2010 by Kathleen Vespia, Ed.D., secondary education coordinator at Salve Regina, to help at-risk students meet the state-mandated requirement to demonstrate minimum level of proficiency on the NECAP test to graduate from high school.
Additional activities as part of Freshman Academy during the 2013-2014 academic year include: monthly planning and evaluation meetings, student goal-setting sessions, mid-year performance reviews, and field trips from RHS to Salve Regina’s campus to expose targeted students to college and to assist them in personal goal setting.