SUMMER PRE-COLLEGE PROGRAMS FOR STUDENTS
|Wednesday, 6 July 2011|
HEATH staff members have compiled this list as a resource for students with disabilities who are seeking ways to prepare for college and enhance college performance. Colleges not listed here may also have summer pre-college programs, but may not be specifically designed for students with disabilities. Some pre-college programs collaborate with their Disability Support Services Offices to assist students with disabilities who may participate in their program. We recommend you contact the college and their Disability Support Services Office to inquire of their programs, supports available and if there are associated fees for those services. Other colleges may limit admission to those students who have been admitted to that college. Likewise, at some institutions, enrollment in a summer pre-college program is a precondition of acceptance into the general academic program. A student interested in attending a summer pre-college program, therefore, should also consult the college to which he or she has been admitted. All programs listed are designed for high school students, usually rising juniors and seniors, and high school graduates who are planning to attend college. The exception is the last entry at Marshall University, which is only open to college graduates intending to pursue careers in medicine.
Campus disability support providers report that students who receive some preview of the college experience can manage the first year with fewer adjustment problems than others. Pre-college programs usually are held on campus in residence halls or as day training, leisure, and recreational activities, and typically include some computer training.
College Living Experience (CLE)
The CLE Summer Program in Denver, CO
7150 Columbia Gateway, Suite J
Contact: Admission Representatives
Session: June 24-July 14, 2012
Cost: $5,000 per student covers housing, meals, tuition, and recreational activities.
Applications: Deadline is May 1, 2012.
Registration/Deposit: A $75.00 non-refundable application fee and a $1,000 deposit are due at the time of application is hold the space. The deposit will be refunded if the student is not accepted by CLE or withdraws by May 1, 2012.
In the CLE-Summer Program students learn how they can successfully transition to college or vocational program. During the summer program, the students will be taking college courses for credit from the Auraria College.
The goals of the Summer CLE Program are for students to gain:
Students will have the opportunity to learn about the following:
Florida A&M University
Learning Development & Evaluation Center (LDEC)
Contact: Linda Smith
Session: Contact for current dates
The College Study Skills Institute (CSSI) is a four week summer program sponsored by the Learning Development and Evaluation Center (LDEC) at Florida A&M University (FAMU), and is designed for students with disabilities. The program identifies participants' level of abilities and provides assessment, prescriptive plans of study, academic advisement, and individualized counseling. All students who wish to request special admission consideration based upon a disability are required to enroll and successfully complete four courses (Mathematics, English, Reading, and Study Skills), the University Placement Exam (Pre and Post Tests), conduct research on learning disabilities and present their findings via an 8-10 minute PowerPoint Presentation to the University community.
St. Ambrose University
Contact: Ryan Saddler, Director
The St. Ambrose University Summer Transition Program is a comprehensive program open to any junior or graduating senior with a documented learning disability or AD/HD. The summer pre-college 4-week program is designed to help students with learning disabilities develop skills for a successful college career. The summer program consists of small group reviews, academic orientation and self-advocacy seminars, Introduction to Sociology, and study skill/tutoring sessions. In addition, students take Introduction to Psychology, a three credit hour course that is transferable to most other 4-year colleges and universities. The program includes weekly study breaks with faculty and staff. Daily study skills sessions, two weekly LD seminars, and structured recreational activities are also included. To receive full benefits of the program, students are encouraged to live on campus in one of the university's residence halls. Students need not be admitted to St. Ambrose to participate in this program. Completion of the summer program does not guarantee admission to St. Ambrose University. Academic credits earned may be transferred to other institutions.
Contact: Nancy Winbury, PAL Admissions Coordinator
A. The Learning Academy (high school)
The Learning Academy is a residential, pre-college, one-week program for high school juniors and seniors with diagnosed language-based learning disabilities (LD) or Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). It is designed to help students with the transition from high school to college. Students learn how to use their academic strengths in the classroom, interpersonal styles in social settings, and general problem solving abilities to develop specific strategies. The specific strategies focus on the following: listening, speaking, reading and writing, organizational and time-management abilities, studying and test-taking, library/database research methods, assistive technology, note-taking/mapping, and the college search process.
Benefits from this summer pre-college program include having the opportunity to work in a small group with experienced learning specialists, experiencing social interaction with other students with learning differences, and receiving one Curry College credit awarded upon completion of the program.
B. Summer PAL (Curry College freshmen)
Preparatory Summer Program
Contact: Colleen Kelleher
A. Study Skills Summer Seminar
Session I: Contact for current dates
Session II: JContact for current dates
Cost: $1350 per two-week session
This non-residential summer study skills program provides high school students with an essential array of study skills designed specifically to help students learn more effectively in high school and college. Initially students learn their individual learning style so that they can more effectively use their strengths to succeed in school. Specific skills are taught through direct instruction, extensive hands-on work, and periodic homework assignments designed to reinforce material learned in class. Each student will then be taught how to:
B. High School Summer Program
Session: Contact for current dates
Cost: Contact school's Office of Admissions
Regular Summer Program options may include:
Landmark School offers students with language-based learning disabilities an exemplary school program complemented by outreach, training, and research. This innovative summer program is ideal for high school students who may need additional skills training. High school students are afforded the opportunity to become independent learners, and gain important skills for achieving potential and progressing to colleges and universities. The six-week summer program applies the Landmark learning techniques, including one-to-one tutorials focusing on reading development and small group classes to develop skills in writing and math. Outside the classroom, activities such as swimming, sailing, and adventure ropes are offered. Students are also taught specific strategies and coping mechanisms to help them apply individual skills to higher-level content areas.
Bemidji State University
Fairleigh Dickinson University
Summer Experience Program
The Summer Experience is especially designed for rising high school seniors and graduating high school students who have a documented learning disability. Participants are introduced to key learning strategies and assistive technology resources that will prepare them for success in college-level studies. They also will explore different opportunities and majors.
Sessions will include academic instruction in the following areas:
Summer Experiential /Diagnostic Semester
Contact: Susan Spencer Farinacci
Session I: Contact college for dates*
Session II: Contact college for dates*
Cost: Contact college for cost*
*Please note that this summer program is a requirement for newly accepted students matriculating at Adelphi University in the fall semester and is not open for other students.
In the Summer Diagnostic/Experiential Program, students with learning disabilities are taught how to use college texts; take notes; improve memory; develop listening, reading, writing, and thinking skills; build vocabulary; and use the library. Students meet twice weekly with a clinical educator (LD specialist) and once each week with a clinical social worker. Parent groups meet in the evenings each week to help parents as their children begin to make the transition into college.
Contact: Hannah Lewin, Coordinator
The College Assistance Program (CAP) at Iona College provides comprehensive support for entering freshmen of Iona College. This summer program is for Iona College students only. CAP is designed for students with learning disabilities (LD) and/or attention deficit disorders (ADD) who have been mainstreamed in their academic courses. Course selection is based on students' learning styles and attention is paid to matching learning with teaching styles. CAP addresses study skills, research, writing, grammar, LD advocacy, exploration of learning style, computer and math skills, and college orientation. An Iona College counselor explores choice of vocation with each student. Students should be average or above-average in intellectual ability, socially mature, and highly motivated to succeed in college. CAP is designed to encourage success by providing instruction tailored to individual strengths and needs. Services may include individual skill-based tutoring, supplementary academic advising, priority registration, self-advocacy training, counseling, reduced course load, and testing modifications. Students take the standard full-time course requirements for baccalaureate degree programs to ensure the level of quality expected of all degree candidates. All students who are interested in participating in CAP must meet the regular admissions requirements of the college.
New York Institute of Technology
Contact: Ernst VanBergeijk, Executive Director
First Step Summer Transition Program
Contact: Sue McCauley
Summer Transition Program
Session: Contact program for current dates
The First Step Summer Transition Program is designed to assist students with learning disabilities, ADHD, and academically at-risk students with the transition from high school to college. The program provides a comprehensive, two-week summer experience with the primary emphasis on the application of learning strategies within the context of a college-level expository course. Most strategy instruction will be individualized, but small and large group activities are also planned. Overall, First Step aims to reduce student anxiety and to improve success in the postsecondary environment. Students are familiarized with the campus and community layout, and are informed about campus activities and college operations. Because students are housed in campus dorms and eat in campus dining facilities, they gain first-hand experience in campus living.
Duquesne University, Pittsburgh
Contact Reggie Bridges, Coordinator of the Summer Institute at 412.396.6662
The College P.R.E.P. Program (Preparation, Readiness, Education, and Planning)
The Summer Institute—Earn college credit by attending this pre-college enrichment program for highschool students who want to develop an understanding of college life and learn strategies for success.
Special Parent Program for families of College P.R.E.P. enrolled students
Who Should Attend: High school students with a PRIMARY learning disability or ADHD who hope to attend a 4
The Summer Institute is a recommended extension of the P.R.E.P.experience with a track record of successfully preparing highschool students for the expectations and responsibilities of college. Students study academic strategies, time management and study skills, as well as develop an understanding of the social/emotional challenges of college life. Class work is taught by college professors. All students who complete the Summer Institute will receive one college credit.
College P.R.E.P. students are encouraged to attend this additional week in order to further extend their preparation and learning about collegeexpectations.
Special Parent Program for families of College P.R.E.P. enrolled students- Interested parents may attend a special session in order to learn how to best support their child's goal of attending a 4-year college. Differences in the law and how disability support isaccessed will be discussed.
Summer@Brown – Pre-College Programs at Brown University
Summer Session Credit Courses
Environmental Leadership in Hawaii – April 2009
Brown Leadership Institute
A. Strategies for College Success for Visiting College Students with Learning Disabilities or AD/HD
Session: Contact program for current dates
Cost: Contact the Office of Admissions
Through Landmark's summer program,
you can build your reading comprehension, writing and executive function skills — as well as earn college credits that you can transfer to your home college. This five-week summer session features morning and afternoon classes each weekday, followed by evening seminars. Landmark College's own students will share with you their own experiences and learning strategies as fellow classmates.
Summer classes focus on helping you:
Although the developmental classes do not award transferable credit, they comprise the heart of the program for visiting students because they represent our 20 year experience teaching students who learn differently. Whether students are working to improve specific academic skills or developing strategies to address difficulties in executive function, developmental courses ask students to engage in a rigorous process of...
B. 3-Week High School Program for Rising High School Juniors and Seniors
Session: Contact program for current dates
Cost: $4500 (includes tuition, room and board) / $75 (application fee)
Our experience in working with students who learn differently has shown that understanding how a student learns can make a big difference in their grades, and ultimately, in their success in school.
This program encourages students to develop a lifelong appreciation of learning through experiential and practical activities. Our instructors will help students to:
Develop a writing process that uses proven techniques to write more clearly, faster and with fewer struggles;
Discover his or her academic strengths and personal learning style and learn to leverage them in all coursework; and
Integrate strategies and practice into engaging activities.
Students in this program will take three classes each day — two in the morning and one in the afternoon. These classes include:
Academic Strategies Seminar,
Writing Elective, and
Most students in this program intend to go on to college after graduating from high school. To help them get started with the college admission process, Landmark's College Advising staff will sponsor three seminars for participants:
Choosing the Right College,
The Do's and Don'ts of Applying to College, and
How to Present Yourself When Applying to College.
For personal experience, each student will participate in a one-on-one session with a Landmark College advisor.
C. 2-Week Transition to College Program for College Bound High School Graduates
Session: Contact program for current dates
Cost: $3050 (includes tuition, room and board) / $75 (application fee)
In Landmark College's Transition to College program, students are immersed in a living/learning college experience. They take four linked courses taught by senior faculty members at Landmark College. They also make use of campus resources — such as the academic support center, advising center and college placement services — to work on individual learning needs as well as academic planning. Extracurricular activities and evening events supplement the residential component of the program, overseen by trained professional resident deans and a resident assistant staff.
Transition to College helps prepare students for the profound move from high school to college, and from home to the residence hall. Your son or daughter will be introduced to college level work and academic strategies. They'll develop an understanding of their personal learning strengths and needs, and discover what kinds of resources and self-advocacy will support their success in college.
To support a smooth transition to their next college or university, students will be guided to review the support services offered at the institution they plan to attend in the fall. They will also develop a comprehensive plan of action with a member of Landmark College's professional staff.
All students take the same four courses, which are intended to introduce them to college-level work and to the learning strategies required to meet college-level expectations. Together, these courses are designed to help students:
Discover strategies for working with the different types of teaching styles and formats they'll experience in college;
Review the requirements for academic writing, including structure and organization, diction and mechanics;
Practice process strategies for approaching academic writing tasks;
Review and practice the study skills essential for success in introductory college courses, including note-taking, active reading, test-preparation and time-management;
Explore the nature of learning disabilities in general, including the neurological basis of learning disabilities and AD/HD, and the public laws that cover learning disabilities at the postsecondary level;
Discover personal learning strengths and difficulties as the basis for strategy development, self-advocacy and the use of college resources; and
Create an individual learning portfolio and transition plan to support the transition to college in the following weeks.
Program website & registration
Contact: Jody Thompson, Director
University of Washington
DO-IT College Transition Program
Contact: Dr. Sheryl Bergstahler
Session: Contact University for specific program dates.
Cost: Free to those students who have been admitted into the Scholars Program.
Application process: Students with disabilities are encouraged to apply on or before January 10th to be considered at the first meeting of the Advisory Board to select Scholars. Priority is given to students in their sophomore year in high school, followed by students in their junior year. After January 10th, applications continue to be accepted and reviewed until all available openings are filled. Application information is available on-line.
The DO-IT College Transition Program helps pre-college students with disabilities, parents, teachers, and service providers develop college preparation and success strategies. The DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) Scholars Program is intended for Washington students with disabilities who are sophomores or juniors in high school and who are interested in pursuing postsecondary education. During Phase I of the program, DO-IT scholars receive computers, any required adaptive technology, and personal Internet accounts for use in their homes. Students communicate electronically with each other and with program mentors (who include college students, faculty, and practicing scientists and engineers, many of whom have disabilities themselves). During the 2-week summer study session, DO-IT scholars participate in workshops related to various academic fields while living in dorms on the University of Washington campus.
During the second year, Phase II DO-IT Scholars are supported with information about college application procedures, entrance requirements, and additional tips and resources to help them prepare for their transition to college. Additionally, Phase II Scholars participate in the following activities:
During the third year until high school graduation, Phase III includes opportunities for DO-IT Scholars to contribute to the DO-IT community. Examples of individual activities include developing programs, contributing to the DO-IT newsletter, participation on panels, and assisting with summer camps.
Summer H.E.L.P. (Higher Education for Learning Problems) Tutoring Program
Summer H.E.L.P. (Higher Education for Learning Problems) H.E.L.P. is a 5-week tutoring program during which graduated seniors with LD and/or ADHD work to improve their reading, spelling, writing, and math skills. The following services are provided through H.E.L.P.:
Medical H.E.L.P. (Higher Education for Learning Problems) Tutoring Program
CONTACT PERSON Ryan Orwig
July 2011. Updated by HEATH staff. Updates to this article will be made as information is made available. This document made possible in part by the support of The HSC Foundation, a Washington, DC foundation dedicated to expanding access and success in education beyond high school. HEATH is affiliated with The George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development. The opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of The HSC Foundation. No official endorsement by the Foundation or of any product, commodity, service or enterprise mentioned in this publication is intended or should be inferred. Permission to use, copy, and distribute this document for non-commercial use and without fee, is hereby granted provided that appropriate credit to the HEATH Resource Center at the National Youth Transitions Center is included in all copies.
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