Program Dates: July 18th to August 5th, 2016
August Scholars is a three-week, tuition-free, academic summer program for children from lower-income families in Boston who need summertime academic support to avoid serious learning loss. In the summer of 2015, we graduated 105 students from the program.
The typical August Scholar is a student who is performing below grade level or struggling to maintain grade level in school. Our Scholars are students who are capable of a positive attitude towards learning and they must commit to attend every day of the three weeks. In 2016, the program is open to students who attended in 2015, but new applications are being accepted from students from any school in Boston. Bus transportation will be provided from UP Academy Dorchester and the Tobin Community Center.
Mornings are spent doing intensive academic work to bolster skills before the beginning of the next school year. The program follows a highly sequenced and organized curriculum, uses direct instruction, and provides ample time for guided and independent student practice, as well as fun group activities to reinforce learning. The student-to-teacher ratio is no more than 8:1. This low ratio is maintained to allow teachers to provide one-on-one support.
In the afternoon (12-3:30), Head Teachers meet to correct student work, to think about and address the particular needs of individual students, and to plan for the next day. The program focus is on math, reading and writing skills, as well as vocabulary development. Pre- and post-testing has demonstrated phenomenal gains in just three weeks and anecdotal feedback from sending schools suggests significant improvement in student performance in the fall.
Lunch is provided for all students. Recreational activities follow lunch, with the Afternoon Counseling Team taking over. For the summer of 2015, August Scholars partnered with the Tony Williams Dance Studio, which taught hip-hop and African dance, and the Community Music Center of Boston, which led a workshop that culminated in a performance for parents. Students also have Art and P.E. classes several afternoons each week.
Funding for August Scholars is raised separately by the school. The school is immensely grateful for the generous and enthusiastic support it has received for August Scholars.
For more information about testing results, funding or long-term plans, please read our Program Report.
To apply for August Scholars, please complete the applications below. Reference forms should be given to your child’s school.
All application materials should be returned to Laura Mellen, Program Coordinator, by April 15th, 2016.
Mail: August Scholars, 107 Marlborough Street, Boston 02116
August Scholars 2016 Application Materials
Application & Registration Timeline
Application: Due April 15th. Priority will be given to applications submitted by the deadline. Applications submitted after April 15th will be considered if there is space available.
Registration: Parents must pick one of the following dates to attend mandatory registration and orientation. This is the only way to fill out registration papers and to enroll your child in the program. Registration will take about 40 minutes.
Registration Location: The Learning Project, 107 Marlborough Street, Boston
Registration Dates (pick one to attend):
- Wednesday, May 4 at 6:00pm
- Sunday, May 15 at 4:00pm
- Saturday, May 7 at 10:00am
- Tuesday, May 17 at 10:00am
- Tuesday, May 10 at 6:00pm
- Wednesday, May 18 at 10:00am
- Thursday, May 12 at 6:00pm
- Friday, May 27 at 10:00am