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Our Mission

Willamette Academy reaches out to historically under-represented communities by empowering youth who have the desire and potential to advance to higher education.

This academic program is designed to address a number of factors that may discourage certain students from attending college or otherwise impede their academic progress. We are committed to helping our students achieve at a level that will enable them to attend the four-year college or university of their choice.

Our Programs

To carry out the mission and accomplish its goals, the Academy’s supports center on three interrelated programs, considered to be its backbone or pillars. These are:

  1. Ongoing academic support and tracking, with particular attention paid to college-preparatory skills including those pertaining to writing, reading, math, science, and technology;
  2. Family and school supports that promote the participation of parents, teachers, and counselors in students’ academic lives;
  3. Support and assistance in the college application process and obtaining financial aid.

Our Students

Willamette Academy admits students when they are enrolled in seventh grade in the Salem-Keizer area. The admissions committee considers several factors, including, but not limited to, income, family history, interview, and recommendations. The students we admit must demonstrate academic potential and have an ambition to attend a four-year institution of higher education. A majority of our students will be the first in their family to attend college. Finally, Willamette Academy expects a five-year commitment of support and involvement from the students' families.