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Enroll in the Mayor's Summer Scholars Academy

Mayor Karl Dean announced today that enrollment is now open for the 2015 Mayor’s Summer Scholars Academy, a free, four-week intensive academic summer program to help Metro Schools students succeed in school and achieve their college aspirations. Students who are currently in the seventh, eighth, ninth or tenth grade are encouraged to apply.

Scholars Academy is completely free for students, including transportation, meals, enrichment activities and weekly field trips. Students will have the opportunity to learn in small groups with positive leaders and improve their academic skills with engaging, hands-on projects.

“For the past three summers, Scholars Academy has helped fan the flames of our students’ college aspirations and also helped them achieve those aspirations by preparing them for academic success,” Mayor Dean said. “Every time I visit Scholars Academy, I am impressed both by the dedication of our scholars and the enthusiasm of the teachers. It’s always great to see students who live in different neighborhoods and have very different school experiences come together to learn, grow and create a positive peer group.”

Rising eleventh graders will focus on the math and English needed for success on the ACT test. Rising eighth, ninth and tenth graders will prepare for algebra and geometry and gain core English skills. Scholars Academy also goes beyond academics. Each day includes fun and enriching activities, such as art, music and outdoor activities, and each week students take a field trip, either to a college or an experience such as a climbing wall or kayaking. Each student will visit two or three colleges over the course of Scholars Academy.

Scholars Academy will take place from June 8 to July 3, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Cane Ridge, Hunters Lane, McGavock, and Whites Creek high schools. Students who plan to attend, or live near, these high schools are particularly urged to enroll, but students who live in other cluster areas are also welcome. Four hundred scholars can participate; however, students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as wait-lists are expected. Enrollment is open until April 15.

The Mayor’s Scholars Academy began as a pilot program in the summer of 2012 for rising ninth graders. It is part of Mayor Dean’s efforts to increase the number of Metro students who attend and graduate from college. More information and student applications are available online at