Scholars During The Summer

Driven by data

The programs of SCS are driven by data. We collect and analyze numerous demographic criteria as well as SAT and ACT scores and every high school and college grade for all of our students. An analysis of our Los Angeles data after ten years showed that 98% of our scholars were graduating from elite universities. Analysis of college transcripts, however, told a very different story.

Summer Academy quick facts

 
  • Started in 2006
  • Over 300 number of students per summer
  • 3 months of instruction with top level Professors
  • The program provides college level English and mathematics courses for seven weeks, five days a week, eight hours per day.
  • SCS Students participating in our Summer Academy program earn college grades 0.3 - 0.7 higher on average than had they not participated

Passion and potential

We encourage our students to pursue majors that they are passionate about. Almost all of our students identified writing intensive majors like English, history and journalism or STEM majors (chemistry, physics, engineering, math, etc.), premed or prelaw as their passion. Due to fundamental deficits in writing and calculus, only 15% of our students maintained the grades needed to stay in these demanding majors, changing to less intensive majors after one or two years in college. Our students did survive and graduate, but they felt defeated and were finishing without writing skills or quantitative skills, making job placement difficult or impossible. Summer Academy was created to put an end to this problem.

How the Academy works

The Summer Academy provides our students with college level classes, taught by college professors, in critical thinking, college writing, calculus and computer science. Students attend the Academy 7 hours a day, 5 days a week, for 7 weeks after their junior and senior years in high school. One hour didactic lectures are followed by two hour small breakout sessions. Students are tested before, weekly and after the Summer Academy. Any student falling behind is assigned a one-on-one tutor.

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