Upperclassmen Mentor Freshmen at Madison HS

School News
January 22, 2020

mentor helping mentee find a seatThrough the Madison High mentor program, each of the more than 600 freshmen in the class of 2023 has an upperclassman peer mentor. In its second year, the mentor program was initiated with a focus on student wellness with the goal of alleviating some of the anxiety that freshmen experience as they transition from middle school to high school. Mentors share strategies for time-management, studying, participating in school activities while developing a positive relationship with each freshman. Freshmen first met their assigned mentor prior to the start of the school year at the annual flight school event, a freshmen orientation day that provides tours of the school, an opportunity to meet administrators, and ask questions about what to expect as they begin high school. Once a month, the upperclassmen peer mentors visit with their mentees during the embedded enrichment block. The topic of these sessions directly correlates to a specific aspect of the school year and a school task the freshmen will be completing for the first time, such as academic advising. During their January meet-up, mentors shared their experience and suggestions of how to choose classes for the upcoming school year based on their curriculum and elective interests. The 130 mentors are trained by an outside company, Core Trainings. The entire mentor program is chiefly sponsored through a generous donation from the Warhawk Foundation. Contact news liaison Francesca Branson at fmbranson@fcps.edu