Welcome to the Freshman Center

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    About the Freshman Center
    The Freshman Center at AHS is a dedicated "school within a school" that will open at the new Athens High School campus in the fall of 2018. Freshman year is a time of transition and preparation. To better equip students for success, the new AHS campus will include a separate space which allows a year of transition for students adjusting to the demanding expectations of high school. The Freshman Center will have a dedicated administrator and teachers to focus on this important year of development. Mrs. Gia Russell is the Freshman Center administrator.

    Purpose of the Freshman Center
    Research shows that ninth grade can be the most challenging year for students. It is a pivotal point in their education as they begin to have more choices in the courses they take, they become involved in more extracurricular activities, and they begin having more homework. Additionally, they begin feeling the pressure of preparing for their future after high school. We believe that having all the ninth graders together in one building will provide our teachers and staff the opportunity to help students transition to the high school with greater confidence and success.

    Dedicated Leadership
    Mrs. Gia Russell has over 20 years of educational experience as a classroom teacher and assistant principal. She and other instructional leaders are currently preparing the school schedule, designing the physical space where the students will be located, determining drop-off and pick-up locations, determining staffing, and assessing students’ interest in extracurricular programming. All of these items were discussed in detail  the

    Learn More
    Our Freshman Center open house was held on April 10, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in the cafeteria at the current high school. You can view the presentation from this meeting here. You can contact Mrs. Russell at 256.233.6613 or gia.russell@acs-k12.org. We look forward to seeing you in the fall!