Soon-to-be freshmen at one Albemarle County high school are getting ready for class a few weeks early.
The "9th Grade Academy - A Fresh Start" started Tuesday. It's three days of activities, team-building exercises and learning. It's all in an effort to gear up students for their first year at Monticello High School.
"It's sort of like a first day because it's just something to get used to," said Ben Riley, an incoming freshman.
9th Grade Academy is a way to get them comfortable at their new school.
"We really thought their success here at Monticello would get started off correctly if they felt comfortable when they walked into our building on the very first day of school," said Katina Dudley, academy organizer.
Wednesday, students took part in a mega relay and other team-building activities.
"It's been pretty fun because, just having the atmosphere of high school, seeing all around it and stuff. It's really big," said Riley.
Upperclassmen came out to talk to the incoming freshmen about sports and clubs at the school. The group also did a scavenger hunt inside the building in order to learn the school's layout and got a chance to meet some of their future teachers.
"I feel like it will be a great experience for me to make new friends and learn about everybody," said Shemya Key, an incoming freshman.
It wasn't all fun and games - it was also a chance to learn. The students took a tour of the school's media center and learned how to work new laptops.
"It's a mix. I think we've got kids that are nervous but we've also got lots of kids that are very excited to be here and to start high school," said Dudley.
The three-day event ends Thursday with a BBQ.
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