The LEAD Academy is a continuance of work that began with 9th grade students in 2010. Six years ago, the freshman initiative was implemented to ease the transition of students from Bowling Green Junior High to high school. Through that work, BGHS 9th graders have shown a dramatic reduction in the number of attendance issues, discipline referrals, and number of students being retained. Last fall, the BGHS leadership team began planning a new freshman academy to take this work further while also focusing on 21st century skills.
Specific LEAD Academy programs and initiatives for the 2016-17 school year include issuing Chromebook computer devices to all LEAD Academy students, hosting monthly leadership luncheons with a guest speaker series, performing community service projects and beginning a mentoring program. The Chromebooks will be used by students to complete classroom work as well as maintain a digital LEAD portfolio, tracking their individual progress toward academic goals. The leadership luncheons will be available by invitation to students nominated by their teachers, with the goal of all students participating at least once through the year. All students will participate in one of seven community service projects to be performed within 5 miles of BGHS, and finally, at least 60 students will participate in a community-based mentoring program.