Starting high school can be exciting and intimidating. "What will high school be like?" and "How will I fit in?" are normal questions, best answered by students who have "been there".
Bellarmine's Freshman Experience is a dynamic, innovative and original year-long program created specifically for our incoming freshmen. During Freshman Orientation, new students are placed in core groups of six. Each core group is assigned two upper-classmen, i.e., "Big Brothers", who will not only be a friendly face on campus, but will help their freshmen with the transition into high school. To guarantee their accessibility, freshmen lockers are placed next to their Big Brother's lockers. This creates a "water cooler" opportunity, whereby random, casual conversation can occur each day throughout the year. Additionally, a calendar of events is planned for the freshmen and their Big Brothers, with an activity occurring every month.
The Freshman Experience creates a healthy and immediate support system for freshmen and encourages new students to quickly become full and active participants in the total Bellarmine experience.