Student Support Program
This program offers tutoring and access to technology resources, as well as:
- Academic Mentor meetings where students get together regularly one-on-one with their mentor to receive individual goal-planning and other academic support;
- CORE (Community of Respect for Everyone) group meetings where older students work as peer mentors to help younger students build relationships and develop social accountability;
- Workshops, often developed by Willamette community members and held on campus, that broaden students’ horizons by exploring topics such as the arts, current events and community service.
During the academic year, academy students are expected to come to campus one Saturday a month for enrichment workshops. In these, students can develop their leadership, math, science and writing skills or focus on career and college exploration, their path to college through course advising, college entrance exam preparation, college transition, and college and scholarship application support. Students also have the opportunity to meet and learn from university professors and college students.
Each summer, the academy hosts an academic camp on the Willamette University campus that allows students to experience campus life and academic preparation for college. As well as enabling students to start envisioning themselves in a college environment, the camp helps clarify families’ misconceptions about college life. Students participate in a non-residential day camp (6-7 days) their first two summers and stay overnight on campus (10-14 days) their remaining three.
The academy’s family program, called PUENTES (Parents and Guardians Using Education & Networking To Empower Students), promotes a community and support network among families. It also serves as a bridge between the students, their families and the academy in the students’ pursuit of higher education. The program is specifically designed to empower parents/guardians to:
- advocate for their student’s academic needs,
- support their educational goals,
- bridge the generational gap that exists between them and their students
The Family Program is designed to address what parents need to know about their students’ needs at each grade level. Events are planned to complement the Academy’s age-specific student programming.