Transition program eases freshmen into new challenges

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By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

In the Salem-Keizer School District, and across the nation, incoming freshmen are struggling when making the transition to high school, but a program in its second year at McNary High School is hoping to make it easier for the students who take part.

“We offer high school credit for the program. Half of it is elective and half is English. For those kids that do struggle, they have some credit in the bag already. It gives them that buffer zone,” said Sean Murray, a teacher at McNary and coordinator of the Summer Transition Program.

The curriculum for the five-week program is focused on preparing incoming ninth graders for the types of coursework they’ll encounter in high school. Classes meet for about five hours a day and cover reading, writing, math and career planning.


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