Socratic Summer Academy* June 29 - July 21, 2018
Open to boys and girls entering grades 9–12.
The Socratic Summer Academy was founded in 2010. It's a three-week sleepaway summer camp aimed at improvement on the SATs. Every year, using our carefully tailored curriculum and in-house textbook, in conjunction with College Board prep materials, we get higher and higher score improvements:
- We've established a track record of 400 point score improvements (over a 3-week period!) for students who had never studied the SAT
- We had 208 point score improvements for students who had studied the SAT somewhere else for 4+ months
As most parents know, the SAT is changing. In March 2016, the College Board will switch to the infamous new SAT. In anticipation of this change, many parents have contacted us to find out if we’ll be teaching the new SAT in Summer 2016. Nervous about this new, untested test, parents have sent us emails asking if we are confident that we can teach this new test, and in particular if we believe our methods, strategies, and curricula will be helpful on a test that no one has taught before – including us. In brief answer: we will indeed be teaching the new SAT beginning in Summer 2016 and, after extensive study of the new test’s format and content, we are more confident than ever that Summer 2016 – the seventh summer of the Socratic Summer Academy – will be the most exciting and rewarding summer so far.
We focus on a Socratic approach to teaching, where information is more derived and less lectured. We believe in small-group instruction and most of the instruction happens in groups of 3 to 4 students with one teacher, or in team-taught setting in the classroom. We play games both inside the classroom and after meals to help reinforce our strategies or drill vocabulary, as well as putting the students on coaching teams to work towards goals which are sometimes SAT-related, and sometimes just fun. Weekly practice tests and specific goal-setting strategies built around each student's specific progress urges our students forward, and our instructors are people who love being around kids both as teachers and as people - they are just as likely to pose a philosophical conundrum as to tell a silly story that solidifies subject-verb agreement forever in a student's head.
In their free time, our students select elective courses like creative writing and environmental science, courses that expose them to diverse topics they rarely find at their high schools. During their free time, students hike Colgate's hills and mountains, swim in the pool, work out in the fitness center, play basketball, tennis, volleyball, soccer, ping pong, racquetball, or squash, attend outdoor concerts, go to movie theaters, or sit around campfires, singing with a guitar and staring at the stars. Our teachers--role models who themselves attend or attended some of the best schools in the United States--serve as friends and mentors, guides through difficult decisions, chaperones on trips to the ice cream parlor, leaders of activities like quiz bowl or a cappella
. Contact: Alyssa Bowlby, Camp Director and Co-Founder Phone: 347-688-2329 Email: Alyssa Bowlby Website: Socratic Summer Academy
Yleana Leadership Academy* June 29 - July 21, 2018
The Yleana Leadership Academy
is a residential summer academy for rising high school seniors in low-SES urban areas (Boston and Boston’s North Shore, NYC, Philadelphia, and Baltimore) which seeks to close the achievement gap through a three-week transformative intervention which allows students who might not be sure about an away-from-home college experience (or college, for that matter!) to try out college living for themselves on Colgate University’s beautiful campus, while at the same time benefiting from:
- intense SAT training using the Socratic method and grounded in asking questions
- a curriculum specifically designed around higher order thinking skills
- leadership training
- a traditional summer camp experience
All students attend on full scholarship, including room, board, all books and materials, and free transportation to and from the campus (all qualify as low-SES, and most of our population is first-generation and of color). The Yleana experience is, for many, the first time our kids have slept away from home for a protracted period of time, and provides a unique opportunity to live on a college campus to truly imagine themselves in college - while at the same time becoming part of a welcoming and introspective camp community. To learn more about us, check out our promotional video (which gives the look and feel of an Yleana experience): https://youtu.be/jQNa_XsFh-U
This summer, dates will be:
- Session 1: June 30 - July 22, 2017 at Colgate University
- Session 2: July 24 - August 14, 2017 at Daemen College
Applications are open from March 1 - April 1, 2017 at www.yleana.org
. Contact: Alyssa Bowlby, Co-Founder and Educational/Program Director Phone: 347-688-2329 E-mail: Alyssa Bowlby Website: Yleana Leadership Academy