The GEAR UP Kentucky Summer Academy is a three-week residential summer enrichment program on a university campus sponsored by the GEAR UP Kentucky program. Students have a daily schedule of classes taught by college professors and experience life as a college student by staying in a campus dorm, eating in campus dining halls, and interacting with college staff and students. The goal of the program is to help students develop the skills needed for college & career success and create the opportunity to visualize themselves as a future college student. In addition to academic content, students will explore different career and college options, learn how to apply for college & financial aid, and get insight into life on a college campus.
2017 University Partners
WHEN & WHERE
Kentucky State University: June 11 - 30, 2017 Academic focus: Music/visual arts, forensic science, & agriculture
Morehead State University: June 11 - 30, 2017 Academic focus: Space science
Murray State University: Dates TBD Academic focus: Mechatronics
Western Kentucky University: June 11 - 30, 2017 Academic focus: College, career & civic readiness
University of Kentucky: June 11 - 30, 2017 Academic focus: Design thinking & creative problem solving
University of Louisville: July 9 - 28, 2017 Academic focus: Health sciences
WHAT DO STUDENTS DO?
While each campus has a unique theme and schedule, all include three main components
General Studies Core Courses: Classes, workshops and projects to build research, writing, and communication skills
Focus Areas: Hands-on learning experiences in specific academic and career fields
GEAR UP 101: Custom curriculum to build success skills and strategies for college, such as time management and networking.
Parents are encouraged to attend a special family session on the opening and closing days of each Academy to get to know the university campus, staff and support resources. Parents will also be invited to campus to attend a showcase presentation of student work at the end of the three-week Academy.
WHO CAN GO?
To be eligible to participate in the Academy, a student must:
1. Be enrolled in a high school participating in the GEAR UP Kentucky, GEAR UP Appalachia! (Berea College), or GEAR UP Promise Neighborhood (Berea College) programs.
2. Be a rising 11th, 11th or 12th grader (on track to successfully complete the their current grade before the Academy begins) or a graduating high school senior.
3. Have a minimum GPA of 2.0 and no major behavioral infractions
4. Complete an online application form by the deadline, which includes two required essay questions and a School Staff Recommendation Form.