Enterprise students to start high school in the 9th grade

Published 02/18 2014 04:51PM

Updated 02/18 2014 09:02PM

A new day is about to dawn in Enterprise.


Some students who thought they would go to junior high school for another year won't.


Instead, they will head to high school.


"I'm excited about opportunities we will have," said 8th grader Emily Faught.


Next year, Emily and her classmates will go to school at Enterprise High School.


This comes after a proposal was approved to shelve 9th grade at the junior high schools and send them to high school, joining the ranks of Dothan schools and other places that have this system.


 “At the high school they’ll be able to start engineering, JROTC, and many other elective credits that are going to help them prepare for college careers,” Superintendent Dr. Camille Wright said.


These are credits those students can't get at the junior high level.


And while there's lots of excitement about the move, which begins next school year, it has some students a little  leary.


I'm very nervous about being in a new school and being the first ninth grade class in the high school to come through, said 8th grader Jacob Quattlebaum.


Enterprise High School Principal Matt Rodgers understands the apprehension, but he says the change is really no big deal.


The students will just move down the road a little bit and get the same quality education they have always received in Enterprise.


“There's an adjustment period, but we'll be there every step of the way and make sure they get off to a good start,” Rodgers said.


Rodgers also said the best thing about 9th graders going to high school is the opportunities they will receive.  And those opportunities will begin in just a few months.



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