Life at Epic
Freshman Strong Start
Every student's EPIC journey begins with Freshman Strong Start, a week-long experience for incoming freshmen. The week begins with students attending their classes in the school, where they meet their teachers and peers and are able to get acclimated to the new school environment. Students then attend an off-site, three-day camping retreat. Through activities like zip-lining, a ropes course, and challenging team-building activities, we strive to move our incoming students out of their comfort zones. Freshman Strong Start helps students build critical social-emotional competencies such as relationship building, self-management, social awareness, and responsible decision making. Students also visit a college campus to begin the journey toward college preparedness. The Freshmen Strong Start program strives to help give students the tools to have success in their first year at EPIC.
At most schools, students are nowhere to be seen on conference day. At EPIC Academy, parent/teacher conferences are different: at the end of each semester, students report to parents on their progress. During our Student-Led Conferences, each student puts into practice communication skills they will find invaluable after graduation, delivering presentations that summarize grades, attendance and discipline. After the presentation, in consultation with parents and teachers, each student sets goals for the next semester. During the 2012-2013 school year, 89 percent of students had at least one parent or guardian in attendance at their Student-Led Conference.
We support our students with reading intervention programs (both for high achievers and for students who need extra help), Legends Hour (for students that have a hard time completing their homework), Crew (their four-year family at EPIC) and teachers who know that every one of our students can be successful in school and in life.
Pride in our students doesn’t end with commencement. We continue to maintain contact with recent graduates---offering encouragement and advice to ensure our students are receiving the support they need to complete the difficult transition from high school and home to college and living independently. And we ask our graduates to "pay it forward," by meeting with our current seniors and offering advice on school choice and how to make the leap from high school to college.
In addition to a rigorous curriculum that prepares our EPIC Legends for post-secondary success, we encourage EPIC involvement in our various after-school activities and leadership in the community.
In addition to a rigorous curriculum that prepares our EPIC Legends for post-secondary success, we encourage involvement in our various after-school activities and leadership in the community.