By Rebecca Horn
Scared, nervous, excited; these are some of the emotions that freshmen might have felt as they walked through the doors of North Springs on their first day of high school.
The 471 freshmen, which are a lot more than the school expected, are about to start their high school career. “I believe the freshman class is much bigger because we are creating an environment at North Springs that students want to be at,” said Eddie Ruiz, North Springs’ principle.
The school that had the highest number of students come to North Springs was Sandy Springs Charter Middle School, North Springs’ feeder school.
“I really like North Springs; it met up to my expectations. I enjoy the Math & Science Magnet as well as the Visual & Performing Arts Magnet,” said freshman Grace Motahari, who attended Sandy Springs Middle School.
There were about 350 freshmen applications to be in the magnet and 167 freshmen that are in the magnet this year are out-of-district. “With our competitive Math and Science Academy as well as outstanding Visual and Performing Arts program students are wanting to come and stay at North Springs. We also have had a huge surge in private school students entering North Springs. We are in a great position in numbers at our school,” said Dr. Ruiz.
When a number of freshmen were asked how they felt about middle school versus high school, they all had positive things to say.
“I like that it’s bigger than my old school. My eighth grade class had a class of 9 boys. There are also more things to do and a lot more sports. It’s [high school] a lot more different. You don’t have teachers always pushing you around; you have a lot more freedom,” said freshman, Will Vesey, who attended The Swift School last year.
When asked how North Springs was different from the high schools you see in movies, Grace Motahari replied, “It’s not as dramatic; there’s no Sharpay. We’re all equal, really, instead of like in High School Musical.”
Some freshmen also think that North Springs is great because you get to meet new people and make more friends. “North Springs is very diverse and I like that. You have freedom to express yourself,” said Rebecca Boyd.
Good luck to the Class of 2018 on their next four years!