High School

Starting in 9th grade, we provide rigorous academic instruction, quality mentorship, and individualized advising, to ensure that our Scholars are admitted to competitive colleges, and experience a rich and rewarding college education.

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The Program includes:

Saturday Academy

A full day of “school” is provided three Saturdays per month during the academic year. Experienced teachers deliver a rigorous and comprehensive curriculum of reading, writing, grammar, and math. Classes are discussion-based and reflect college courses.

Summer Academy

Our month-long Summer Academy features all-day classes, Monday through Friday.

After-School Instruction and Tutoring

Weekly after-school seminar-style classes and small-group tutoring is a vital component of our program model.

SAT Strategy Course

Saturday Academy continues throughout the 11th grade, concluding in an SAT strategy course in the spring.


Scholars work one-on-one with volunteer mentors throughout the 11th grade. Become a Mentor.

Summer Enrichment Programs (EPs)

Scholars participate in EPs that promote leadership and independence, including travel abroad, college courses, and internships, during the summer before 12th grade. Learn more.

College Applications and Financial Aid

Under the guidance of our college admissions team, Scholars visit campuses, meet with admissions officers, and receive personalized essay-writing assistance. They also get one-on-one counseling and support in applying for scholarships and financial aid so that, no matter their family income level, they can attend the best school to which they are accepted.

The support continues when a Scholar is accepted into college.

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