The Freshman Transition Network

Working together to transition freshmen & transform schools from the bottom up!

The Ninth Grade Opportunity

The Ninth Grade Opportunity: Transforming Schools from the Bottom Up



By Scott Habeeb, Ray Moore, and Alan Seibert

Recommended Readings

Books by Members of The Network

Great Books for Teachers

Schools with Freshman Transition Programs

Know a school that has a Freshman Transition Program and a website with information about it? Email the link to and it will be added to this list.

Resources for Freshman Transition

Know any websites with good information for teachers transitioning freshmen? Email a link to and the resource will be added to this list.



Welcome to the Freshman Transition Network

Welcome to the Freshman Transition Network, a group of educators interested in better transitioning freshmen into high school for the benefit of the freshmen and for the benefit of the entire school. We'd love to have you as a member.

After joining, please introduce yourself by replying to the "Introductions" forum post. Then, to learn more about how to make the most of this network, please click on the "Read 1st" tab.



Started by Scott Habeeb in General Discussion. Last reply by Scott Habeeb Mar 4. 141 Replies

Please tell the other members of the network a little about yourself. Nothing is too short and nothing is too long. Just let us know who we are so we can turn this network into a true community.

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Re-freshing Freshmen

Started by Gary Birdwell in General Discussion. Last reply by Scott Habeeb Feb 14. 4 Replies

Hi Folks - I have not posted for quite a while.  Here at Urbandale High School we are currently in our 8th year of a 9th Grade House / SLC project.  And, while our results are quite well in general, I feel as if we are hitting kind of a plateau and…Continue

Elective Choices for Freshmen

Started by Lori Morrell in General Discussion. Last reply by Scott Habeeb Feb 13. 5 Replies

After visiting a few schools that have freshman transition programs, I discovered that they offer about half the elective choices to their 9th graders than we do.  The mindset is that too many choices are confusing and stressful to parents and…Continue


Started by Paul Torgerson in General Discussion. Last reply by Michael Bailey Feb 13. 5 Replies

We are currently looking at having a modified block schedule which will allow us to see our freshman once a week, broken into 4 groups, in a 70 minute setting, kind of like a set advisory period.We are a small school with about 95 incoming freshman.…Continue

Freshman Transition Handouts from Solutions, etc.

The following handouts are from Solutions, etc.'s Freshman Transition Workshops:



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