What is the student commitment to Next Generation Scholars?
Students are expected to attend two weekly classes during the school year, one on Sunday and one during the week. We also ask that students struggling in a particular class develop an academic support plan with us, which often includes one additional day of tutoring. During the summer, we expect our students to either enroll in our 5-week Summer Academy or a similarly rigorous academic summer program. However, we understand that there will be cases when students are unable to attend or to attend for the full term, and we're committed to working with families in those cases.
Does Next Generation Scholars only accept students with good grades?
While Next Generation Scholars does consider a student's grades, Next Generation Scholars does not expect incoming students to have straight A's - or even mostly A's. While some admitted students may have close to an A average, others are in the B range, and still others have a mix of C's and B's. We look for students who sincerely want to join our program and are committed to putting in the time and effort required of an Next Generation Scholars student. Students who do the best in our program are curious and believe that what we learn at Next Generation Scholars can help them to chart a course to college and, eventually to a career that will propel their family forward.
What is the parent/guardian commitment to Next Generation Scholars?
We ask that parents or guardians attend at least one Parent College meeting per quarter. Parent College meetings include a hot meal and child care. These meetings address important announce take place Sunday evening to accommodate the schedules of working parents. We do understand, however, that work schedules vary and that not all parents/guardians will be able to attend. This is definitely not a problem, and we will find ways to work with your schedule.
How many students does Next Generation Scholars enroll per grade?
At Next Generation Scholars, classes average 12 students per grade.
Are Next Generation Scholars classes just homework help?
No! Next Generation Scholars teachers work to develop academically rigorous classes that prepare students for what they will see later that semester or in future grades. We teach our classes through the lens of ethnic studies and social justice and work to ensure our students know their voices are powerful and their ideas matter. By high school, Next Generation Scholars students are prepared for the Honors and AP level coursework they need to access the nation's best colleges with the financial aid they need to attend.
Is there a cost to your programs?
If a student is low income, all of our programs are free. 95% of our students attend our programs for free. Low income status is determined when a student provides proof of receiving free or reduced priced lunch at school, proof of participation in the Healthy Families program, or lives in subsidized housing. Students not enrolled in any of these programs may provide copies of their guardian’s tax returns and apply for financial aid for our programs.
How can I recommend a student for Next Generation Scholars?
Your recommendations can be very powerful. If you have a student you wish to recommend, please contact our office to get the latest information on our classes and to have an application sent to you.
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