Rising Freshman Summer Academy!


Brien McMahon High School



June 25 – July 27

No Program July 4


 8:30—9:00      BREAKFAST (FREE)

                                                  9:00—1:00      ACADEMICS                                    
                                                             1:00—1:30      LUNCH (FREE)                                   
                                                             1:30—3:15      ACTIVITIES                                    
                                                             3:15—3:30      DISMISSAL                                    




Registration forms and applications due by

APRIL 11, 2018.


Applications will be submitted to:

Qadir Abdus-Salaam

Brien McMahon High School

300 Highland Avenue

Norwalk, CT 06854


Or by fax:



Students must have a complete application on file before the start of the program.


Contact Qadir Abdus-Salaam if there are any questions.

(203)852-9488 x11333



Freshmen Success Summer Academy

Welcome to Brien McMahon High School and the Freshman Success Summer Academy. Rising 9th graders from are invited to participate in a 5-week summer program courtesy of the Carver Center.

Research suggests that the most difficult transition point in education is from middle to high school. Navigating a larger environment, excelling in rigorous courses, meeting graduation requirements, and juggling competing priorities can be quite challenging. The Freshman Success Summer Academy will be the necessary bridge into high school.

Students enrolling in the program will participate in academic courses, participate in House, the school’s advisory program, and take field trips to enhance team building and the academic program. Breakfast and lunch are provided for free each day.

Advisory is an integral part of the student’s high school program because it helps students make new friends and form a connection to BMHS. Its mission is to prepare students for life’s transitions, including career development and post-secondary opportunities, through meaningful connections. Students will participate in a weekly advisory meeting throughout the summer program.


Applications will be available at

BMHS  and on this website beginning February 2

*Program is dependent on funding

click Freshman Success Summer Academy 2018 Registration Form

 Course Descriptions


Students will participate in hands-on activities to prepare for high school science courses. They will practice lab specific math skills, science inquiry, graphing data, collaborative and independent work habits in lab settings, while completing engaging scientific investigations


Students will learn the basics of navigating high school, including reading a transcript, understanding graduation requirements, earning credits in courses, and looking ahead to potential career options. Students will also use Naviance/Family Connection to develop an individualized Student Success Plan to identify needs and interests and set future goals.


Students will use this course to plan for their Student-Led-Conference (SLC) The format of SLC puts the student at center of the conversation in assessing their success. Students present work samples and identify areas of strengths and those in need of improvement. Parents will be invited to participate. Formal invitations will be sent home.


This course will help Students Bridge the gap between Pre-Algebra and Algebra 1. Math concepts that will be highlighted include computations, problem solving, solving equations, and graphing. Students will practice the mathematical skills necessary for success in high school.


This course focuses on getting students ready for 9th grade world history. Using academic sources, discussion, and group work, students will investigate historical events. Students will practice research and presentation skills in preparation for 9th grade research projects.

Brien McMahon Principal

Mr. Scott Hurwitz

(203)852-9488 x11329


Summer Program Administrator

Mr. Qadir Abdus-Salaam

(203)852-9488 x11333



PERFECT ATTENDANCE and punctuality are expected since a great deal of material is covered in a short period of time. Students with other summer commitments should not 


TRANSPORTATION will be provided to and from Brien McMahon High School.                       

All Norwalk Board of Education CODE OF CONDUCT policies are in effect during the summer program. Dismissal from the program based on these codes is the decision of the Summer Program Administrator, Ms. Wood.