Students back to school early at BHS

By Perry Russom

August 28, 2013 Updated Aug 28, 2013 at 10:49 PM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) It's back to school a little early for a few hundred students at Binghamton High School.

On Wednesday, BHS held their freshman orientation where more than 300 students showed up to get acclimated to high school life.

"It's very important for all of our students, especially coming from East and West Middle Schools," said BHS Assistant Principal Tia Rodriguez. "The transition from middle school is so important for their success in high school."

They were given tours through the halls and learned what's expected of them during their four years in high school.

Other than teachers, upperclassmen were there to give advice on how to succeed in high school.

"Many experts say ninth grade is the most important to help kids stay in school, help students develop their college resumes and help students build on their leadership responsibilities," said Rodriguez.

The students were broken up into four different teams for orientation. They will stay and learn within those teams all school year.

Rodriguez said the teams provide a more personalized learning experience for each student.

BHS has been under scrutiny recently for their low graduation numbers, but Rodriguez said with the new common core and opportunities in the school, the students will be the best they can be.