Spotlight: Summer Academy

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“I LOST MY SUMMER BUT FOUND MY FUTURE.”- Summer Academy Participant

Summer Academy is a six to seven week academic enrichment program designed to prepare our Scholars for college success. SCS Noonan Scholars launched the Summer Academy in 2012 after finding that a large percentage of Scholars were transitioning out of their intended majors due to struggling academically during their freshman year. The Academy was designed to offset the discrepancy in academic preparation between many low-income students and those from more affluent schools. The 210+ hours of academic instruction in college-level courses combined with the admissions counseling, college orientation, and social-emotional enrichment sessions ensure that students are attending their “best-fit” selective colleges and are prepared to succeed once on campus.

Academic Preparation

Summer Academy’s non-graded Calculus and English writing courses have been traditionally taught by college professors from USC, MIT, Wellesley, and Emerson College. Assessments determine students’ math competency at entry, and students are grouped accordingly to maximize learning. The whole-group instruction is complemented by multiple hours of small-group practice led by teaching assistants.

Enrichment Sessions

Each program day includes a personal and professional development component. During this time, juniors hear presentations from selective colleges, receive admissions advising and financial aid counseling, and work on college applications.

Seniors focus on preparing for the social emotional demands of college and mapping their campus resources. SCS Noonan program alumni also share advice and relay their experiences. Seniors will meet individually with a College Success Counselor who will be their go-to person at SCS Noonan Scholars for support throughout their time in college.

Summer Academy has helped to close the college opportunity gap for over 1,000 low-income students living in LA and Boston.

80% ATTEND selective colleges

Less than 1 in 2 low-income students of color attend a college that is as selective as one they could get into. 80% of our Scholars go to selective colleges.

80% ATTEND selective colleges

Less than 1 in 2 low-income students of color attend a college that is as selective as one they could get into. 80% of our Scholars go to selective colleges.

72% PERSIST in STEM majors

Less than 1 in 4 low-income students of color who want to major in STEM or other rigorous majors are able to graduate in that major. Our Scholars are 3x more likely to do so.

72% PERSIST in STEM majors

Less than 1 in 4 low-income students of color who want to major in STEM or other rigorous majors are able to graduate in that major. Our Scholars are 3x more likely to do so.

90% GRADUATE from college

Only 4 out of 5 low-income students of color who go to selective colleges graduate within 6 years. 90% of our Scholars will graduate.

90% GRADUATE from college

Less than 1 in 4 low-income students of color who want to major in STEM or other rigorous majors are able to graduate in that major. Our Scholars are 3x more likely to do so.

AVERAGE FRESHMAN GPA of 3.3

Participants’ average freshman year GPA was 3.3 compared to 2.9 for nonparticipants. Participants were also 50% more likely to earn an A in college calculus, while non-participants were 60% more likely to receive a D or F.

AVERAGE FRESHMAN GPA of 3.3

Participants’ average freshman year GPA was 3.3 compared to 2.9 for nonparticipants. Participants were also 50% more likely to earn an A in college calculus, while non-participants were 60% more likely to receive a D or F.

To ensure inclusivity, our program is offered at no cost to students, and they receive free daily snacks and lunch. Students receive laptops at the start of Summer Academy to facilitate learning and participation in all classroom and at-home assignments.