|Program type||After School|
At risk, low income
|Deadline||Sept. 29, 2017|
The Oliver Scholars Program prepares high-achieving Black and Latino students for success at top independent high schools and prestigious colleges.
The Oliver Scholars model prepares young people--African-American and Latino 7th graders from low income and working class families--to embrace the challenge of learning at the accelerated pace expected of them by the finest schools. Our core values of scholarship, leadership, and service lay the foundation of our efforts. We use an internally designed curriculum that leverages best practices in teaching and learning, as well as support services tailored for the evolving needs of our participants, to guide them forward.
Careful attention is paid to teaching non-cognitive skills such as resilience and the ability to deal with adversity, in combination with critical thinking skills. Equally important, we work with our Scholars and their families so they can make good decisions regarding the schools they apply to--institutions that will enhance their strengths and bolster their skills in areas of relative weakness.
Over the years, Oliver has built a renowned academic preparation program for our Pre-Scholars (grades 7-8) and built a crucial support system for our Scholars (grades 9-12) that includes counseling, campus visits, workshops, summer classes, internship opportunities, and a college guidance program. There are now over 1,200 Oliver alumni who have gone to top secondary schools and colleges.