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FIT Program for Freshmen

The Freshman Interdisciplinary Team (FIT) program was designed by EHS teachers to engage students personally and prepare them academically. FIT establishes the building blocks of critical thinking, analytical reading, and effective writing and communication. Socially, FIT ensures students make a connection with a consistent group of classmates and, by rotating class groupings through freshman year, allows them to meet most of the other freshmen as well. Finally, the FIT program allows teachers and counselors to collaborate, keeping an eye out for challenges any students may be experiencing. Teachers meet to discuss both curriculum and student adjustment, so student needs are met in a timely manner.  

Easing the High School Transition

EHS draws its freshman class from about 40 public and private middle schools every year, so even before school starts, Edgewood hosts activities for freshmen and their parents to get to know one another. On the first day of school, freshmen have a thorough orientation. A trained and selected group of upperclassmen, the “LINK Crew,” help them as they meet their FIT teachers, tour,  learn what to expect, and receive tips for success. Freshmen receive further information about procedures in the first several days of FIT classes, as well as in a regular Group Guidance class led by counselors.

How FIT Works

FIT incorporates concepts across the disciplines of Biology, English, U.S. History, Religion, Enrichment and Guidance. FIT teachers use research, logic, interpretation, critical analysis, essay writing and debates to help freshman acquire skills that will be useful in their future endeavors. Enrichment activities build on discipline-specific material, engaging students in interdisciplinary activities, projects to supplement class material and other complementary opportunities that enhance the academic and social experience.

FIT takes place each morning during mods 3, 4, and 5, with the religion classes meeting outside of the block. Students attend other classes, which meet for 45 minutes, and have their lunch break on the traditional mod schedule during mods 1, 2, and 6 through 9. Check out this week's FIT schedule online.