Seniors and juniors will be missing from classrooms as freshmen get acquainted on their first day of school. (AP Photo/Rogelio Solis)
The Denton Independent School District is trying something new this fall.
Only freshmen will be at the district's three high schools on Monday, Aug. 24. Upper class men won't report until the next day.
The district's incoming ninth graders will learn their way around the building, where their classes are, how block scheduling works and what's expected of them.
"Survival Camp" is about relieving anxiety that comes with the transition to high school.
"If you look at the research, it'll show one of the toughest years in an adolescent's life is that transition time," said Reeves. "I can personally remember my transition into high school and the anxiety I had."
Cook Children's Medical Center psychologist Joy Crabtree told NBCDFW that she often sees young clients at times of transition. In some cases, medication is needed, but also a lot of encouragement.
Crabtree said often times, parents can help on their own.
"Lots of reassurance, help them take small steps, don't let them avoid situations but support them and help them get through the best they can," recommended Crabtree.
About 1,500 freshmen are enrolled in the Denton ISD this year. School begins Tuesday, Aug. 25, for more the more than 23,000 students in other grades.
There's information about anxiety disorders at the National Institute of Mental Health, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and American Psychological Association.