Freshman Academy Helps BA Teens Transition To High School

      Broken Arrow is doing a new take on high school education.

      Thursday was the first day for the Freshman Academy.

      Class started district-wide, but it was the first time 9th graders were all together on their own campus.

      Organizers say the idea behind the class was to make sure everyone came together on a solid platform before being thrown into a large high school environment.

      Margaret Coates is the principal, and she says the goal is to foster learning and togetherness. "The freshman year is a transitional year for students, and it's tough," Coates says. "They struggle a lot of times with the jump to high school, so we're here to create that culture of support for them," Coates says.

      Students will also break into smaller learning communities.

      Teachers will have more student engagement to make sure everyone bonds.