We support our Scholars for eight years, ensuring that they get to and through college. Starting in the 9th grade, they agree to make a significant commitment of time and effort, and go on to buck national trends for low-income students.
Grades 9 and 10
A full day of “school” is provided three Saturdays per month during the academic year. Experienced teachers deliver a rigorous and comprehensive curriculum of critical writing, critical reading, vocabulary, grammar and math.
Scholars attend a month-long Summer Academy that features all-day classes Monday through Friday (for a total of 70 hours of English and 36 hours of math instruction).
After-School Instruction and Tutoring
Scholars attend weekly after-school classes and participate in small-group tutoring.
Grades 11 and 12
SAT Strategy Course
Saturday Academy continues through the 11th grade, concluding in an SAT strategy course in the spring.
Scholars work one-on-one with volunteer mentors during the 11th grade.
Summer Enrichment Programs
Scholars participate in summer enrichment programs that promote leadership and independence, including travel abroad, during the summer before the 12th grade.
College Applications and Financial Aid
Scholars are guided through the college application process under the guidance of our college admissions team. They visit campuses, meet with admissions officers, and receive intensive essay-writing assistance. They also get one-on-one financial aid counseling and support in applying for scholarships and financial aid so that no matter what their family income level, they can attend the best school to which they are accepted.
We host a series of workshops both before and during college. Topics include adjustment to college life, homesickness, health issues, time management, course selection, relationship-building with professors, effective study strategies, and much more.
Our team provides continual and individualized one-on-one academic, personal, and career guidance to each Scholar throughout the academic year.
Career exploration & networking events
College Scholars participate in two large-scale career exploration events each year, including networking activities with professionals from a variety of industries.
In 2016, our team helped 67% of our College Scholars secure summer internships. Scholars received comprehensive resume reviews, feedback on cover letters and applications, and mock interviews.
90% of SEO Scholars graduate college.