Summer Academy

Summer Academy

Summer Academy is a rigorous and intensive seven-week academic enrichment program designed to prepare Scholars for college success. For their first summer, Scholars take an intensive college-level calculus and English writing course on the University of Southern California (USC) campus taught by USC professors. During their second summer, Scholars have the option to substitute English with a chemistry or computer science course. After lecture, Scholars attend small group discussion sections resembling a college learning environment. Each day concludes with personal and professional development sessions and presentations. The Scholars also hear from a variety of professionals across various industries, including technology, media, law, and consulting.

SCS launched the Summer Academy in 2012 after finding that a large percentage of Scholars were transitioning out of their intended majors, which largely included STEM majors. SCS reviewed the college transcripts of all our Scholars and found that many lacked the college-level writing, critical thinking, math, and science skills needed to persist in their chosen majors. We set out to reverse this trend and ensure our Scholars were prepared for the rigors of college-level coursework. SCS is changing the odds for low-income, first-generation students of color. Seventy-two percent (72%) of Scholars who attended the Summer Academy in 2012-2015 have now graduated in STEM fields or are in college and on track to graduate in a STEM major.

Thank you to the following companies represented at our 2016 Summer Academy:
Accenture, Advancing Women Executives, BlackRock Financial, Caruso Affiliated, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Creative Artists Agency, HDR, Law Offices of George Hill, Liner LLP, Lionsgate, 
Monzon & Son Enterprises, Stage Venture Partners, UCLA, USC Price School of Public Policy, USC Engemann Student Health Center, Xemana LLC, and Zenith Insurance Company.

Summer Academy Quick Facts

 
  • Approximately 120 rising high school seniors and rising college freshman from across Los Angeles County

  • 210+ hours of instruction on the USC campus with USC Professors

  • Seventy-two percent (72%) of Scholars who attended the Summer Academy in 2012-2015 have graduated in STEM fields or are in college and on track to graduate in a STEM major.

  • Started in 2012