The Leesville High School Gold Rush Academy, a ninth grade academy that is designed to help students meet the challenges that transitioning from middle school often presents, will host a freshman orientation day Thursday, August 6.
As a part of the High School Redesign Initiative begun by the Louisiana Department of Education, Leesville High School has established a school-within-a-school concept for its ninth grade students, according to a spokesperson for the school. The Leesville High School Gold Rush Academy closely follows the redesign concepts embraced by schools throughout the nation.
Leesville High School’s academy offers many programs including:  team teachers, teacher advisors/mentors, Junior/Senior mentors, grade and credit recovery programs and individual tutoring. 
Freshmen entering Leesville High School this fall whose last name begins with the letters A – L should attend orientation from 7:45 a.m. to noon. Students whose last names begin with the letters M – Z should report from 11:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Both sessions will begin in the Leesville High School auditorium. Students will receive their schedules, ID, textbooks, lockers, and attend a Freshmen Orientation Workshop. 
Parents of new Leesville High School ninth grade students can attend a workshop on using the Parent Command Center, which will teach parents how to use the parish online grade report system to obtain up-to-date reports on their child’s progress in all classes.
Students attending the orientation day should plan to bring their Option Plan payment. 
The Blue Option Plan includes the LHS student ID card, lock, and locker for $15.00.
The White Option Plan includes the LHS student ID card, lock, locker, and admission to all home games (excluding jamboree and playoff games) for $35.00.  Finally, the Gold Plan includes the LHS student ID card, lock, locker, admission to all home game (excluding jamboree and playoff games), and the LHS yearbook for $65.00.  With each plan, the student will receive a lanyard in which to place their student ID.  Each student will be required to wear the lanyard on a daily basis.   In order to obtain an ID, students must bring a signed copy of the Vernon Parish School Systems Acceptable Use Policy form located on the Leesville High School website or at Wal-Mart.