Englewood adopted the Link Crew program in 1994 - that's right, almost 30 years ago! Since then, student leaders and faculty sponsors transformed the old "freshman only" orientation day into an engaging experience with interactive and goofy assemblies, small group team building activities, costumed building tours, and time to change schedules/meet their teachers. The junior and senior students train for 2 days during the summer and meet during the school year to plan and implement "contacts" that might include things like: a homecoming week schedule, small bags of candy and a personalized note, standardized testing survival tips, a group lunch on campus and other things to show "total support".
We believe in student success and that true leadership happens when STUDENTS HELP STUDENTS!
As freshman success increases, the benefits to the school climate and culture become apparent; Link Crew schools report having greater student connection, increased extracurricular participation, fewer discipline issues and improved academic performance. Link Crew schools value the service-learning and character development achieved through this proven high school orientation program.
Link Crew is a high school orientation and transition program that increases freshman success. Members of the junior and senior class are trained to be Link Crew Leaders who act as positive role models, motivators, student mentors and teachers helping guide the freshmen to discover what it takes to be successful during their high school transition.