About the Freshman Focus Transition Program

More than 20,000 students across the country have benefited from Freshman Focus’ unique high school preparation programs!

Many schools have tried advisory or mentorship programs to prepare incoming Freshman for the challenges of high school – some with success, others without. In some ways, Freshman Focus is like these programs. But Freshman Focus stands apart from these other programs in one significant way: structure.

Each day of the entire-school-year program – whether you choose daily, weekly, monthly, or quarterly sessions – is structured with specific objectives, lesson plans, and activities that every student can complete. The Freshman Focus curriculum is perfect for high schools, after school programs, and summer programs. Many of the lessons and activities can even benefit middle schoolers as they prepare to start high school.

Freshman Focus is designed to cover all the topics that a new high school student needs to know for social and academic success. Lessons include the importance of school spirit, developing leadership skills, learning effective note taking and study skills, getting along with others, writing college applications, and much more.

In addition to the lessons within each of the ten modules that comprise the Freshman Focus program, you may choose to implement The Challenge – a project-based learning experience that includes five missions that put students in the driver’s seat to make a difference for their school, their community, and their futures!

And for those schools wanting to take student leadership to the next level, The Campus Series can also be incorporated into the Freshman Focus curriculum to change the culture of the whole school. Or, The Campus Series may be used as a stand-alone program to enhance an existing student leadership group such as student council. Students choose from four strands and many activities to plan for their school on a monthly basis.

The result of implementing any or all of the Freshman Focus programs will be a group of students who have acquired a skill set that will increase the chances of high school success, both academically and socially, and who have made a difference in their school and community!

AdvantaCORE School Improvement

Freshman Focus is a part of AdvantaCORE School Improvement, providing solutions that will strengthen the entire school community so all students can succeed.

All schools face greater accountability today than ever before. School leaders are expected to provide the vision and direction needed to produce academic results. Teachers must meet the academic, social, cognitive, and developmental needs of all learners to ensure they’ll be ready for tomorrow. All students need to develop the college and career readiness skills necessary to succeed in a competitive, global marketplace.

We are inspired by the belief that meeting these core expectations is possible for every school district, school, superintendent, principal, teacher, and student.

Advantacore supports PreK-12 public, private, and charter schools and school districts by identifying gaps and weaknesses that are preventing them from achieving peak performance and offering a full menu of proven solutions that will strengthen the entire school community so all students can succeed.

Advantacore’s team knows school improvement and best practice. We have served as superintendents, principals, central office administrators, and teachers. We have worked in urban, suburban, rural, and private school systems. We have worked at the state level and advised successful nonprofit organizations. We have advised boards of education, superintendents, and principals.

As the core resource for strengthening school communities, Advantacore meets the unique needs of our clients with a wide range of services, from professional coaching and school system audits to development and customized implementation of professional development programs. All of our school improvement solutions are solidly grounded in research and best practice.

By supporting and improving schools throughout the region, we can innovate, implement and share what works — building strong school communities so that all students can succeed.