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Freshman Orientation is August 6

Welcome to Patriot Academy!

Patriot Academy is the annual 9th grade orientation activity for Apex Friendship High School's 9th grade students.  Our goals with the student orientation focus on creating comfort and familiarity with both staff and the school.  We hope that our students leave Patriot Academy excited about the first day of school and confident in their ability to have a strong start to high school.

Student Orientation Schedule

Our schedule is listed below.  If any student is not able to attend during their assigned session, they are welcome to attend a different session. Please let us know by sending an email to   

Tuesday, August 6
8:00 - 10:00am - Students with Last Names A-F
11:00am - 1:00pm - Students with Last Names G-O
2:00 - 4:00pm - Students with Last Names P-Z

During the orientation, students should anticipate the following:

  • Students will begin their experience in the main gym after checking in.
  • Students will move through five rotations that include where students can
    • Learn about school spirit from our student section leaders
    • Engage with club leaders about opportunities to get involved
    • Learn about a "day in the life of a Patriot" from a panel of student leaders
    • Understand school expectations from administrators
    • Tour the school
  • Students will have the opportunity to receive their schedule and walk the building to see where their classrooms are located.
  • Parents should drop off and pick up their students in the main carpool loop at the front of the school.
  • Students should arrive approximately 30 minutes prior to their orientation session to get checked in (ex: 7:30 - 8:00am; 10:30-11:00am; or 1:30-2:00pm)
  • Pick up of students should happen in the 30 minutes after their orientation session (ex: 10:00-10:30am; 1:00-1:30pm; or 4:00-4:30pm).

Parent Orientation Sessions

We value parents as critical partners in the process of achieving a strong and successful transition to high school.  The schedule for the parent orientation is listed below. While parents are welcome to attend while their student is participating in the student orientation program, they are also welcome to attend during any session that is most convenient.  Each session will be the same.

  • Tuesday, August 6 from 8:30-9:45am
  • Tuesday, August 6 from 11:30am - 12:45pm
  • Tuesday, August 6 from 2:30 - 3:45pm
  • Tuesday, August 6 from 6:00 - 7:15pm

During the parent orientation session, parents can expect to hear about (1) key people, supports, and structures, (2) opportunities for students and families to get involved, and (3) ways to stay informed!


Questions about the student orientation sessions can be directed to assistant principal Doug Poppe (  Questions about the parent orientation sessions can be directed to Principal Brian Pittman (

Below are some common questions that may be helpful.

Q:  If my student cannot attend the student orientation, is there another opportunity to walk their schedule?  Yes.  AFHS will open for students walk their schedule on the following dates:  August 19-23 (Times TBD).

Q:  Where should parents attending the parent orientations park?  They should park in the student parking lot.

Q:  Can I bring younger siblings if needed to the parent orientation session?  Yes.  However, only the 9th grade students should attend the student orientation session.

Q:  Can parents attend the student orientation session?  No, but if there are medical needs that require additional support, please reach out to Mr. Poppe at