Seasonal Programs


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.

This publication is continually updated as we become aware of new programs or changes in currently posted items. In the event of changes to a program listed here that we were not aware of, we recommend you contact the college you are interested in and inquire about their programs. We also recommend you contact the Disability Support Services Office to see what assistance they may offer you. If you know of a program that we should include in this listing, please send the information to The GW HEATH Resource Center at This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it




College Living Experience (CLE)

The CLE Summer Program in Denver, CO

7150 Columbia Gateway, Suite J
Columbia, MD 21046

E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: (800) 486-5058

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:

  • Academic Acheivement
  • Social Engagement
  • Independent Living Skills
  • Career Preparation

 Students will have the opportunity to learn about the following:

  • Attaining academic and career skills such as note-taking, reading college texts and time management. Time is spent on various adaptive technologies such as computer-assisted technology, computer graphics and or office technology skills. Independent living skills on how to be successful in college are taught in the CLE program such as organization, transportation, preparing meals, laundry, and developing friendships. Assessment and curriculum is sent home with the student to help facilitate further, structured growth with parents and teachers after the summer program.




Florida A&M University

Learning Development & Evaluation Center (LDEC)
The College Study Skills Institute
667 Ardelia Court
Tallahassee, FL 32307
(850) 599-3180
(850) 561-2783 (TTY)
(850) 561-2513 (Fax)
(850) 412-7370 (Confidential Fax) (Web)

Contact: Linda Smith
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Session: Contact for current dates

Cost: $1700

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.



Ivy Tech Community College-Central Indiana
College Transition Program for High School Seniors with Disabilities
50 W. Fall Creek Pkwy. North Dr.
Indianapolis, IN 46208-5752
(317) 921-9481
(317) 491-4927
Contact: Christina Collins
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June 1, 2009-July 20, 2009
Monday, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Cost: $135.00 + cost of textbook

Description: The program consists of the IVYT 101 Freshman Year Seminar course and 8 workshops specifically designed for high school seniors with disabilities transitioning to college.
Qualifications: The program is designed for students with disabilities who will begin their first year of college.

Goals/Objectives: When students complete the program, they should be familiar with time/stress management techniques, organizational strategies, study strategies, community and campus resources, research in college courses, self-awareness, and internal motivation.
There is not a family/parent component.



St. Ambrose University
Summer Transition Program
518 W. Locust Street
Davenport, IA 52803
(800) 383-2627
(563) 333-6275
(563) 333-6161 (V/TTY)
(563) 333-6243 (Fax) [email protected] (Email) (Web)

Contact: Ryan Saddler, Director
Student Disability Services
Session: June 12 - July 18, 2011
Cost: $3339+ includes the following:
Tuition (3 credits)
Room and weekday meals
Program/activity fee
Matriculation Fee
Tuition Deposit (Note: Upon acceptance, a tuition deposit of $400 is required to hold a spot in the program. The deposit, which is refundable up to May 27, is applied towards the total cost/tuition.)

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.



Curry College
The Learning Academy (high school program)
Summer PAL (entering Curry College freshmen)

The Gertrude M. Webb Learning Center 1071 Blue Hill Avenue
Milton, MA 02186
(617) 333-2250
(617) 333-2018 (Fax)
[email protected] (Email) (Web)

Contact: Nancy Winbury, PAL Admissions Coordinator

A. The Learning Academy (high school)
Session I: June 26 – July 1, 2011
Session II: July 10 – July 15, 2011
Cost: $1600 includes tuition, room and board, plus organized activities
Full payment due: June 1, 2011
Deadline: Submit application by May 15, 2011
Non-refundable deposit: $100 upon acceptance

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)
July 10 - July 29, 2011
Cost: $3500 per session (includes the residential program)
(A commuter option with some meals included is available for $2925.)
The Summer PAL Program is a three-week program for entering college freshmen to Curry College with diagnosed learning disabilities or Attention Deficit Disorder. The program provides a structured transition to college in a supportive, enjoyable environment that allows students to begin their freshman year with increased confidence and self-awareness. Students earn three credits for completing the three-week intensive session that lays the foundation for developing self-understanding and effective learning habits.


Landmark School

Preparatory Summer Program
429 Hale Street
Post Office Box 227
Prides Crossing, MA 01965-0227
(978) 236-3010
(978) 236-3000 (Admissions)
(978) 236-3371 (Fax)

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Contact: Colleen Kelleher
Department Head, Study Skills Programs (978) 236-3353


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:

  • Residential/Full Day Academic Program (three morning and three afternoon classes including writing, mathematics, and study skills), or
  • Half-Day Academic Program. Day students may choose our Half-Day Program of academics in the morning. This option builds language arts skills through small classes and a daily one-to-one tutorial. A math class is included.


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
Postsecondary Readiness Experiential Program (PREP) School
1500 Birchmont Drive NE
Bemidji, MN 56601-2699

Kathryn Hagen,  M.A.
Bemidji State University
1500 Birchmont Drive NE #43
Bemidji, MN 56601-2699
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Marsha Driscoll, Ph. D.
Bemidji State University
1500 Birchmont Drive NE #23
Bemidji, MN 56601-2699
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DATES June 21-27, 2009.
COST: $800.00 for the one week on campus program. This year we have added an advanced component for those students who have previously attended the program. The advanced component includes attendance at a content based course for which the students will have lecture, discussion, paper writing, and examination. This will provide students an opportunity to apply those skills they learned last year, and will give them a more realistic example of college academic life.

Students with disabilities participate in a week-long residential program at Bemidji State University. The purpose of the program is to provide students with information regarding skills necessary for postsecondary success. Workshops for student participants include information in three basic areas: academic skills, independent living skills, and disability management skills.

Throughout the week students set and revise personal goals in each area to prepare them for postsecondary transitioning success. Through individual advising sessions, student interest and ability, appropriate transitioning goals are determined with each participant.

In a one-day seminar, parents are provided information on college searches, financial aid information and changes in the way students with disabilities are expected to know in order to receive accommodations in postsecondary education versus K-12.

The closing ceremony brings student participants and their parents/guardians together. Student participants present their goals for the coming year to the group and ask their parents/guardians to support them in a specific manner. Students are presented with certificates of completion for the program.

Students will receive ongoing support for the first year after the program from a personal mentor to help with follow-through of the participant's goals. Participants will receive a bi-monthly newsletter during the academic year; the PREP School NEWSLEAK will provide on-going information on academic success skills, letter from the students about their progress, information about college search skills and financial aid information.

Upon request from the program participant, support will be provided to help students hone their college search skills and help with financial aid applications. The program coordinators and mentor will be available via e-mail and telephone to help participants as necessary.



New Jersey

Fairleigh Dickinson University
Regional Center for College Students with Learning Disabilities: The Summer Experience
1000 River Road
Teaneck, NJ 07666
[email protected] (Email) (Web)

Summer Experience Program
Contact: Barbara Byrnes, Summer Program Director
Session: July 5 – 14, 2011
Cost Full day: $1200
Cost Morning only: $1000 (Website)
Application Deadline: June 15, 2011

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:
• Learning strategies,
• Time Management and organizational skills,
• Memory strategies,
• Computer software,
• Assistive technology devices,
• Writing Process,
• Brainstorming and outlining,
• Revising an essay,
• Modern Language Association (MLA) format, and
• Afternoon Session – choice of math or reading.
The staff consists of learning specialists from the Regional Center for College Students with Learning Disabilities.


New York


Adelphi University

Summer Experiential /Diagnostic Semester
Eddy Hall
Garden City, NY 11530
(516) 877-4710
(516) 877-4711 (Fax)
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Contact: Susan Spencer Farinacci
Assistant Dean and Director

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.

Iona College
College Assistance Program for Students with Learning Disabilities (CAP)
Amend Hall - Room 204
Iona College
715 North Avenue
New Rochelle, NY 10801-1890
(800) 231-IONA
(914) 633-2159
(914) 633-2011 (Fax) (Web)
[email protected] (E-mail)

Contact: Hannah Lewin, Coordinator
College Assistance Program (CAP) Freshmen Transition Program
Session: Contact program for specific summer dates
Cost: Contact summer program for cost

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
Introduction to Independence Program (I-to-I)
Independence Hall
300 Carleton Avenue
Central Islip, NY 11722-9029
(631) 348-3354
[email protected] (Email) (Web)

Contact: Ernst VanBergeijk, Executive Director
Session: June 30 – August 17, 2011
Cost: $9500 includes tuition, room and board, and transportation to various activities
A non-refundable fee of $25 is required with application.
The Introduction to Independence Program (I-to-I) is a seven-week work/study program for students ages 16 to 22 with learning disabilities (LD) who are considering college or other postsecondary training. The residential program is on the campus of New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) in Suffolk County, Long Island, New York. Students learn word processing, computer studies, critical thinking, problem solving, banking and budgeting, vocational skills, study skills, time management, social skills, introduction to college life, and work experience. To complement the program's academic training, students work part-time in local day camps, day care centers, offices, or at the Culinary Arts Institute of Technology of NYIT. The summer program emphasizes social development and hosts many social activities and trips.



Muskingum College

First Step Summer Transition Program
Center for Advancement of Learning (CAL)
Montgomery Hall, Room 223
New Concord, OH 43762
(740) 826-8280 (Web)

Contact: Sue McCauley
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Summer Transition Program

(740) 826-8284

Session: Contact program for current dates

Cost: $2400

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
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The College P.R.E.P. Program (Preparation, Readiness, Education, and Planning)
A Pre-college experience for Students with LD/ADHD
Sunday, July 19,2009—Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Cost: $195.00, which includes the 3 day program, meals, and materials. P.R.E.P.

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.
Sunday, July 26—Friday, July 31, 2009
Cost: $495.00, includes 9 days of program, meals and 1 college credit.
(College P.R.E.P. - Summer Institute students are provided overnight lodging at no cost, courtesy of Duquesne University)

Special Parent Program for families of College P.R.E.P. enrolled students
Sunday, July 19, 2009 1:00 PM—5:00 PM

Who Should Attend: High school students with a PRIMARY learning disability or ADHD who hope to attend a 4
year college. Parents of College P.R.E.P are encouraged to attend the Special Parent Program for families.

P.R.E.P. (Preparation, Readiness, Education, and Planning) is a pre-college program for high school students with a PRIMARY disability of learning disability or ADHD/ADD who are planning or considering attendance at any 4 year college or university. Through instruction from a certified special education teacher/rehabilitation counselor/transition expert, participants will:

  • Learn how to access disability services; receive disabilityaccommodations at the post-secondary level
  • Develop an understanding of their own learning profile, better enabling selfadvocacy and success in college
  • Create an individual actionplan for their senior year in order to practice skills;
  • selfadvocacy they will need in the college environment
  • Experience college social aspects through staying in college dormitories and accessing campus programs and services

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.

Rhode Island

Brown University

[email protected] – Pre-College Programs at Brown University
Box T, 42 Charlesfield St. Providence RI 02912
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**Please contact program for dates for this year**

1-week courses
1A June 14 – 20
1B June 21 – 27
1C July 12 – 18
1D July 19 – 25

2-week courses
2A June 28 – July 11
2B July 12 – 25
2C July 26 – August 8

3-week courses
3A June 21 - July 11
3B July 12 - August 1

4-week courses
4A June 28 - July 25

7-week Summer Session Credit Courses
7A June 21 – August 8

Pre-College Course Fees
(Residential fees include housing and meals)

One Week Pre-College Course, Residential - $2,153
One Week Pre-College Course, Commuter - $1,652

Two Week Pre-College Course, Residential - $3,265
Two Week Pre-College Course, Commuter - $2,255

Three Week Pre-College Course, Residential - $4,702
Three Week Pre-College Course, Commuter - $3,200

Four Week Pre-College Course, Residential - $5,454
Four Week Pre-College Course, Commuter - $3,449
Summer Session Credit Course Fees (Length: seven weeks)
(Residential students must take two courses)

Summer Session Credit, Two Courses, Residential - $9,203
Summer Session Credit, One Course, Commuter - $3,198
Summer Session Credit, Two Courses, Commuter - $5,992

[email protected] University is about challenge, discovery and new friends. Each summer, talented high school students from around the world come to Brown for a true residential college experience. Come to [email protected] to prepare for college success, make new friends, and experience life in the Ivy League.
Academics are at the core of the [email protected] experience, with over 250 courses to choose from, in a variety of formats and course lengths – everything from the cutting edge of arts and science to career-oriented courses offered in one- to seven-week sessions.

Pre-College Courses
Our most popular offering - Students in grades 9-12 explore subjects in a non-credit environment. Experience college life, and advance your studies without the pressure of grades. Course lengths from one to four weeks.

Summer Session Credit Courses
Rising or graduated high school seniors earn college credit in seven-week courses, studying side-by-side with Brown undergraduates.

Environmental Leadership in Hawaii – April 2009
A week-long science and culture program for high-school students on Hawaii's Big Island

Brown Leadership Institute
Leadership Development for High School Students
Learn leadership skills in the context of environmental issues, trade, health, security, human rights, conflict and diversity.

Intensive English Language at Brown
English Language and Academics for University-bound Students
Designed for high-achieving, university-bound students who do not speak English as their native language and are interested in attending a competitive university such as Brown.

Immersive Theatre Study for High School Students
A highly selective six-week program provides promising young actors a unique opportunity to stretch their imaginations and skills as they create new work in a company under the mentorship of established theatre professionals.

SPARK - Science for Middle School Students
Identifying Talent, Opening Doors
For 7th and 8th grade students who show a passion for science, SPARK courses are designed to expose the intellectual concepts of familiar topics that are part of the student's world. The result is an experience that's fun, engaging, and interesting.
Scholar-Athlete Program
You're a Great student, and a Great Athlete
If you are interested in sports and wish to attend a selective and academically challenging college or university, you may be right for the Brown Summer Scholar-Athlete program.
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Brown University Office of Continuing Education
42 Charlesfield St. Box T | Providence, Rhode Island 02912
Direct: 401.863.9713 | Fax: 401.863.7908



Landmark College
Summer Sessions
Office of Admissions
P.O. Box 820 River Road
South Putney, VT 05346
(802) 387-6718 (Admissions)
(802) 387-4767 (General)
(802) 387-6868 (Fax)
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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:

  • Gain an in-depth understanding of your learning differences and personal learning style;
  • Advocate for your needs as a learner;
  • Build your learning strategies for critical reading, note-taking, test preparation and staying organized;
  • Develop study skills that produce results; and
  • How to effectively use assistive technology to learn.

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...

  • Self discovery and knowledge,
  • Meeting challenging Coursework Goals and Deadlines,
  • Learning new materials, time and task management strategies,
  • Understanding and identifying ways to become a more strategic learner and improve executive functioning,
  • Practicing and adopting new, more economical ways of approaching college work,
  • Developing both skills and a mindset of confidence and self-determination, and
  • Identifying the kinds of support and resources crucial to their individual success.


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

General Elective.


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.




Virginia Tech

College Bound
SW VATS, Special Services Lab (0434)
P.O. Box 90001
Blacksburg, VA 24062
(540) 231-4270 (Voice)
(540) 231-3035 (TTY)
(540) 231-1724 (Fax)

Program website & registration

Contact: Jody Thompson, Director
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College Bound Transition Program
Session: June 24 - June 26, 2009
Cost: For students - $195, Parent - $145. Fee includes on-campus lodging, meals, snacks & materials. College Bound is limited to 45 students.

College Bound at Virginia Tech is a college transition program for Virginia students who are high school juniors, seniors, and college freshmen with disabilities and their parents. The three day program is held on the Virginia Tech Campus in collaboration with New River Community College, Radford University, the Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services, and the Virginia Department of Education and Radford University TTAC. Participants will be mentored by successful college students with disabilities and will participate in sessions designed to:
•  Learn self advocacy skills for college
•  Explore assistive technologies
•  Fully participate in a college class
•  Explore organizational strategies
•  Examine study skills
•  Discover campus services & activities
•  Understand the accommodation process.

College Bound's goal is to provide information and experiences that will prepare students for the transition to any postsecondary education. This program is a unique opportunity to ignite confidence in individuals with disabilities to believe that, with the appropriate tools and support, they too can be a successful college student. All participants interact with successful college students with disabilities, discuss policies and strategies with disability service providers, and are given hands-on opportunities with assistive technologies. One of the most valuable aspects of College Bound is interacting with successful college students who share their perspectives and experiences. For parents, College Bound is an opportunity to acquire transition information as it uniquely relates to students with disabilities. It also gives parents the opportunity to network with other parents and explore aspects of their changing role as a parent of a college student. 




University of Washington

DO-IT College Transition Program
DO-IT Summer Scholars Program

Box 354842
Seattle, WA 98195-4842
(888) 972-DOIT
(206) 685-DOIT (V/TTY)
(206) 221-4171 (Fax)

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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:

  • Projects - DO-IT Scholars apply their interests, skills, and knowledge to design and complete independent and team projects. DO-IT Mentors and staff act as resources.
  • Internetworking and Mentoring - DO-IT Scholars develop and practice communication and leadership skills by acting as peer mentors for incoming Phase I DO-IT Scholars.
  • Summer Study II - Scholars return to the University of Washington campus for a one-week, live-in summer program to create and complete projects of personal interest with other DO-IT Scholars, faculty, and professionals.

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.


West Virginia

Marshall University

Summer H.E.L.P. (Higher Education for Learning Problems) Tutoring Program
Myers Hall, 520 – 18th Street
Huntington, WV 25755
FAX (304)696-3231
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CONTACT PERSON Diane Williams (304)696-6314

DATES:Contact University for specific dates for specified weeks per semester or tutoring sessions
COST: In-State - $1,200  Out of State - $2,200

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.:

  • Acquaint students with a college course.
  • Work on basic skills such as reading, written language, and math
  • Teach study skills such as time management, organization, test-taking strategies, note-taking strategies, and mapping.
  • Lead students to discover how they learn best
  • Teach learning strategies
  • Emphasize the importance of self-advocacy and self-awareness
  • Help students become familiar with campus library, career center, student center, registration process, as well as available activities on campus
  • Create an environment where students can feel safe and know that our staff is here for them

Medical H.E.L.P. (Higher Education for Learning Problems) Tutoring Program
Myers Hall, 520 – 18th Street
Huntington, WV 25755
PHONE NUMBERS (304)696-6315/2905
FAX (304)696-3231
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Summer Medical H.E.L.P.
Sessions: Contact the college for specific dates for the summer session.
Cost: In-State - $3,500 Out of State - $4,500
Deposit: $500
Only students with undergraduate degrees are eligible to attend.

Medical Higher Education for Learning Problems (Medical H.E.L.P.) is a five-week summer course for medical students, residents, and physicians with LD and/or ADD. Students receive help in reading comprehension, reading for speed, study skills, time management, scheduling, note-taking and test-taking strategies, vocabulary enrichment, and strategies for coping in medical school.



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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