In South Jersey, the dearth of access, preparation, and motivation for youth from all backgrounds to attend college is alarming. Many high schools lack 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 results: many high-school graduates either do not attend college or do not finish due to lack of preparation.
Rutgers–Camden is responding to this crisis by launching the Aim High Academy (AHA), a college-readiness summer program for rising 12th graders in New Jersey high schools. The program is free of charge.
From July 12-31, 2015, 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.
The three-week schedule includes: 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 Aim High Staff, and other university offices, during their senior year.
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