• Rising 9th Grade Information 


    Welcome to the Class of 2028!

    We are so excited to have you at the Freshman Academy here at Peachtree Ridge HS! The Freshman Academy consists of a team of teachers, counselors, and assistant principals who are completely dedicated to supporting the academic, emotional, and behavioral needs specific to ninth graders. All Freshman students are members of the Academy and we are housed in the A200 hallway (second floor) on the Peachtree Ridge HS campus. Our mission is to create a well-rounded, balanced, positive, and enjoyable high school experience for all Freshman students. Our ultimate goal is to support graduates who are ready to contribute as productive citizens in a dynamic, global environment and succeed in college and/or career endeavors. 


    If you have any additional questions, please contact our Freshman Academy team:

          Wanda Merchant (Counselor for Last Name A-L) wanda.merchant@gcpsk12.org

          Aubrey Banks (Counselor for Last Name M-Z) aubrey.banks@gcpsk12.org

          Dr. Brittany Devitt (9th Grade Assistant Principal) brittany.devitt@gcpsk12.org 

          Sean O'Connor (9th Grade Assistant Principal) sean.oconnor@gcpsk12.org 

Rising 9th Grade Handbook

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  • Rising 9th Grade Night

    Rising 9th Grade Night Presentation 

    Rising 9th Grade Night Flyer

  • Important Documents

    These resources highlight the available electives, programs, courses, sports, clubs, and expectations of the Freshman Academy. 

    Freshman Academy Handbook

    Freshman Elective List

    Summer Health and PE information

  • Advanced Placement

    Freshman students have the opportunity to enroll in AP Human Geography at Peachtree Ridge. For most freshman students, this year-long course is their first experience in reading, writing, and producing work at the college level. To learn more information regarding the expectations and rigor of our AP Human Geography course, please reference the video below. Any questions regarding AP Human Geography may be directed to amy.wildey@gcpsk12.org or andy.pasarilla@gcpsk12.org 

    AP Human Geography

  • Athletics

    The Athletic Department at Peachtree Ridge offers a wide variety of Fall, Winter, and Spring sports to support the development of your student athlete. For information regarding schedules and sports requirements, please see the PRHS Athletic webpage linked below. Additional questions may also be directed to our Athletics Assistant Principal scotty.mcdaniel@gcpsk12.org

    Athletics Webpage

    Summer Health and PE Information

  • Career & Technical Education

    We invite all Freshman students to explore the electives available through our Career & Technical Education (CTE) department. Students are able to take an introductory level course and complete the CTE pathway through a sequence of three courses. Many of our pathways include industry certification assessments and internship experiences. Please review the presentation below highlighting the available CTE courses and career pathways available at Peachtree Ridge. Any questions may be directed to Nicole Fillman at nicole.fillman@gcpsk12.org 

    CTE Introduction

    CTE Presentation

    CTE and LEAP Information

  • Fine Arts

    A wide variety of performance-based electives are offered at Peachtree Ridge. Please see the website below regarding the unique opportunities our Performing Arts department offers for freshman students. Additional questions may be directed to victoria.enloe@gcpsk12.org 

    Fine Arts Webpage

  • LEAP

    The Literacy & Entrepreneurship Advancement Program (LEAP) provides students with an enriching learning experience to earn Language Arts course credit while completing the Marketing Management Pathway requirements.

    Students will learn to develop an entrepreneurial mindset and use critical thinking skills to identify opportunities, overcome challenges, learn from decisions, and take action for continuous improvement. Questions regarding the program may be directed to nicole.fillman@gcpsk12.org or stephanie.stone@gcpsk12.org

    LEAP Intro Video

    LEAP Flyer

  • Math

    Students are able to complete a variety of math pathway sequences at Peachtree Ridge. Additional questions regarding math content may be directed to irene.donahue@gcpsk12.org 


    STEM Program for Innovation, Rigor, and Excellence (SPIRE) is a Georgia Department of Education STEM-certified program. Students complete work through a project or problem-based environment, and are asked to collaborate, research, and engineer solutions for real-world problems. Questions regarding the STEM program may be directed to rossie.kennedy@gcpsk12.org

    SPIRE Introduction Video

    SPIRE Program Overview

    SPIRE Website

  • World Language

    Our World Language department currently offers Chinese, French, Latin, and Spanish courses. Additional questions regarding our language program may be directed to melanie.hutsell@gcpsk12.org

    World Language Flyer

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