Headland Middle School's 9th Grade Academy

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Some Wiregrass students are getting a little more prep time before they hit high school.

Headland Middle School has started a 9th grade academy.

It's designed to help make the transition into high school more successful.

Administrators say before the program was implemented 20% of students failed at least half a credit.

Now, that number is down to 6%.

"I'm very proud of my students I feel like a sense of responsibility a lot of them call me the 9th grade mama," said La'keisha Newsome, 9th grade assistant principal.

Headland's 9th grade academy is in its third year.

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