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 fifth year for the Academy, and our fifth class of freshmen, following four very successful years where we saw a promotion rate of 94.7% in 2015, a promotion rate of 95.2% in 2016, a promotion rate of 94.5% in 2017, and a promotion rate of 98% in 2018. We have received some of our 2018 test results at this time, and this will be shared when the remainder of the data is made available to us.
For our fifth year, we are anticipating about 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, and French. Students also enrolled in elective classes such as Band, Chorus, Guitar, Strings, Theater, Art I and Art II, Photography, Criminal Justice, Health Science, and Computer Applications.
This year we will welcome our fifth Honors Academy cohort, a tradition that was established with the Class of 2018, and continued with the next three 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.