Bartlett Ninth Grade Academy was established in July of 2014, as part of the newly formed Bartlett City Schools. Housed in the old Shadowlawn Middle School building, a significant amount of renovation and restructuring was done during the months of June and July that year to prepare the building to meet the needs of about 600 incoming freshmen.
This will be our fourth year for the Academy, and our fourth class of freshmen, following three very successful years where we saw a promotion rate of 94.7% in 2015 and a promotion rate of 95.2% in 2016. We have not received our 2017 test results at this time, but in 2015 we showed a Proficient and Advanced on the Algebra I EOC of 77.6%, a Proficient and Advanced on the English I EOC of 81.9%, and a Proficient and Advanced on the Biology EOC of 100%. The school met and exceeded all of its goals for that year. The results from 20178 will be posted as soon as we have received that information.
For our fourth year, we are anticipating a little more than 750 new freshmen. All freshmen will be re-issued the laptop they received last year, as Bartlett Academy is one of five schools in the district to implement the 1:1 technology initiative.
The school offers a full range of ninth grade level classes ranging from standard and honors level English, Algebra, Physical Science, STEM I, World History and Geography, Lifetime Wellness, to advanced and honors level courses in Geometry, Biology, Spanish I, Spanish II, German, Latin, and French. Students also enrolled in elective classes such as Band, Chorus, Guitar, Strings, Theater, Film & Video, Art I and Art II, Criminal Justice, and Computer Applications.
This year we will welcome our fourth Honors Academy cohort, a tradition that was established and continued with the first and second Academy groups. These students will continue on throughout high school as an honors cohort, culminating in graduation "with distinction" from Bartlett High School in 2021.