AHA Program Information

In South Jersey, the lack of access, preparation, and motivation for youth to attend college is alarming. Many high schools do not have the time, funding, and facilities to provide students with the vital information, exposure, and experience necessary to make fully-empowered decisions about post-high-school education. The result: many students do not attend college.

Rutgers–Camden is responding to this crisis by launching the Aim High Academy, a college readiness summer program for rising 12th graders in select South Jersey high schools. The program is free of charge.

From July 6-27, 40 high-school students will live on campus at Rutgers, in order to gain the firsthand experience and skills necessary to attend and succeed in college.

Included in the three-week schedule are a college Algebra/Statistics course, a college-level writing course, weekly field trips to college campuses in PA/NJ/D.C., discussion panels with invited experts, and SAT preparation. In addition, students will receive a tablet computer (an iPad) that will be integrated into their courses, and a workshop on multimedia storytelling and video/photo/sound editing. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be permitted to keep the iPads for their future educational and professional pursuits.

Once the program ends, AHA students will have access to support from Rutgers–Camden during their senior year – including mentorship by current Rutgers college students, that will help seniors register and take the SATs, apply to colleges, and locate and apply for financial aid. Parents will also receive access to resources and participate in activities that ensure they have the necessary knowledge on how to support their children as they navigate the college application process.

Contact information

Matthew McCaffrey, Aim High Program Coordiantor| (856) 225-2922 | mcmcca@scarletmail.rutgers.edu

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