This year at Payson Junior High a new program called Grizzly Den has been implemented that has produced some amazing academic results. Grizzly Den is a program that allows students to meet with their teachers, regularly, for additional subject help. Under this program, students receive mini report cards four days out of the week (excluding Wednesday because it is an early out day). Those with passing grades may choose to attend a supervised activity or enrichment class, while students with deficient grades must go back to the class they earned a deficient grade in to work on improving the grade during the 23-minute period.
Over the course of this school year, Grizzly Den has helped the students at Payson Junior High improve markedly academically. In the first full term of implementing Grizzly Den, the number of failing grades was reduced by 50%. The number of A grades has steadily increased from where they were last year. Deficient grades have steadily dropped throughout the year and based on statistics it appears that the entire distribution of grades has shifted towards higher grades. The staff at Payson Junior High is encouraged by these excellent results and continues to look for ways to help students improve their academic standing through this new program created to help students succeed.