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Incoming freshman will find out what life at Ernest Righetti High School is all about later this summer.

The students are taking part in the “JumpStart Academy,” a transition program that is designed to ensure young people from feeder schools are prepared and successful.

The two-week 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. experience starts July 18 and wraps up July 29. About 50 kids have signed up so far, but there is room for a few more.

“Students who attend the JumpStart Academy have a great start on high school, building academic and social confidence, gaining peer connections and we have a lot of fun,’’ said Geri Coats, a member of the teaching staff.

The program allows the new students to get to know the campus, meet staff and faculty members, and receive introductions to programs such as academic, athletic and social. They also will work on “dusting off the academic cobwebs” and improving skills in reading comprehension, academic writing and math, Coats added.

A parent night and a speaker from UCSB are part of the academy too. The Parent Night focuses on how to support students at home, the student information system known as Aeries, tablet deployment and other invaluable information.

The program is funded by the California Academic Partnership Program (CAPP Grant).

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