Link Crew is an internationally used freshman transition program which has been utlilized at Oneonta High School since 2007. Link Crew is a high school orientation and transition program that increases freshman success. Members of the junior and senior class are trained to be Link Crew Leaders who act as positive role models, motivators, student mentors and teachers helping guide the freshmen to discover what it takes to be successful during their high school transition. As freshman success increases, the benefits to the school climate and culture become apparent; Link Crew schools report having greater student connection, increased extracurricular participation, fewer discipline issues and improved academic performance. Link Crew schools value the service-learning and character development achieved through this proven high school orientation program.
At Oneonta, Leader applications are accepted in March with a crew chosen in April. Training is held for one half day in May, then for two consecutive 7 hour days in August with the freshmen invited to participate in a half day Link Crew Orientation in late August or Early September, just a few days before school begins. Leaders show freshmen where their classes are located, help them with their new lockers, and give them a general idea of what to expect in high school. Leaders meet with their freshmen periodically through the year at lunch time and at other times just to check in.