Being a freshman on the first day of school can come with a lot of fearful excitement. Link Crew helps ease the leap into high school providing freshmen with a warm welcome. Santa Margarita Catholic High School is the only Catholic High School in Orange County that has a nationally-recognized program which helps freshmen transition smoothly into high school life! Through the Link Crew program freshmen are linked with juniors and seniors in a mentoring program emphasizing building strong relationships through activities that promote connection.
Built on the belief that student can help students succeed, Link Crew trains upperclassmen to serve as mentors for the freshman class. As positive role models, Link Crew leaders are motivators, leaders and teachers who help guide freshmen and help them discover what it takes to be successful at Santa Margarita Catholic High School.
The program kicks off with a high-energy orientation that includes interactive activities and continues throughout the year with social events with freshman and their Link leaders. The program not only builds friendships, but Link Crew leaders also support freshman with their academics. Through the program, students learn that people care about them and their success.
A growing number of studies show that if freshman have a positive experience their first year in high school, their chance for success increases dramatically. Schools with Link Crew programs report increased attendance, a decrease in discipline issues and improved academic performance. The program also promotes a kinder, more connected student body. Students who feel connected to their school develop life-long relationships and are happier students.
- Empowers juniors and seniors as role models for freshmen
- Increases academic success
- Develops leadership skills
- Teaches students to work together
- Helps create a supportive and positive atmosphere on campus
- Allows friendships to develop across grade levels.
For more information about Link Crew contact:
Link Crew Coordinator/Freshman Counselor