The Freshman Academy was established to create a successful transition for students from junior high school to high school. We believe in creating a culture which promotes students to take responsibility for learning, develop self- confidence and practice social responsibility.

The Freshman Academy has specific objectives to increase student achievement:

  • Provide students equitable access for opportunities to achieve high learner outcomes.
  • Improve student attendance by working with the families.
  • Encourage student participation in civic, sports, and social high school events to provide student opportunities to thrive and succeed beyond the classroom.
  • Maintain consistent parent/home/school communication to establish positive working relations.
  • Create opportunities for teachers to engage in collegial discussions about teaching and learning to support student success.

The Academy is divided into two interdisciplinary teams with an English, World History, Mathematics, Science and Foreign Language teacher on each team.A full time freshman guidance counselor, special education teacher, and vice-principal support the teams of teachers and students. Our caring faculty is committed to doing our best to stimulate, encourage, and foster our students’ best in the academic, social, and civic arenas of high school life.



Staff Contacts

Name Phone Job Title
Kathleen Downing 978-957-1500 ext. 1430 Vice Principal
Danielle D'Amato ext. 1431 Guidance Counselor
Sarah Allard ext. 1419 English Teacher
Keith Fallon ext. 1224 Special Education
Ana Febo Miranda ext. 1407 Spanish Teacher
Paul Gleason ext. 1705 Computer Teacher
Elizabeth Hines ext. 1230 English Teacher
Christine Kilfoyle ext. 1421 Mathematics Teacher
Alyssa Maia ext. 1409 Spanish Teacher
Karen Nigzus ext. 1217 Science Teacher
Adam Pandolph ext. 1221 Science Teacher
Alexandra Ralston ext. 1230 English Teacher
Kimberly Shepherd ext. 1425 History Teacher
James Sommer ext. 1231 Mathematics Teacher
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