Mayor announces open enrollment for free high school, college prep pilot program

Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 1:45pm
Staff reports

Enrollment is now open for the inaugural class of Mayor Karl Dean's Scholars Academy, a free four-week academic program open to 180 rising ninth-graders at Cane Ridge, Glencliff, Maplewood and Pearl-Cohn high schools.

The program is meant to help students prepare for high school and college by providing intensive academic preparation and year-round academic support for the scholars and their parents.

“The Scholars Academy is an important piece of our larger community effort to focus on the importance of college graduation,” Dean said. “By starting with rising ninth-graders, the Scholars Academy will prepare them for a smooth transition to the high school they will attend in the fall and instill in them the skills, desire and confidence to complete high school and go on to attend and succeed in college.”

Applications are available to current eighth-grade students who plan to attend one of the four high schools this fall, special emphasis on those who will be first generation college students, and students who show academic potential but are looking for extra support to succeed in high school and beyond.

The preferred application deadline is March 30, although applications will be accepted through April 13.

More information on the Scholars Academy can be found here.

5 Comments on this post:

By: Rasputin72 on 3/1/12 at 3:58

"Free stuff" for the hapless and hopeless and high taxes for the productive Americans.

By: dogmrb on 3/1/12 at 9:21

R72: does your moniker mean you were born in 72 or graduated from ? In 72?

By: Funditto on 3/3/12 at 3:46

Actually dog, that may just be his IQ.

By: asdfgh on 3/4/12 at 5:55

A 72 graduation date shouldn't be fodder for insults. Being older does not have a positive correlation with insulting remarks, unfounded feelings of superiority, or stupidity. When did growing older become such a liability?

By: Ask01 on 3/4/12 at 7:01

If a program such as this actually accomplishes the stated goal, I believe the funds will have been well spent.

Even if a student does not attend college, completing high school with adequate skills required to function in society and, perhaps with a more positive outlook can only be regarded as a gain for the community.

I firmly believe if we as a nation invest more in schools and educating our children on the front end, we will have less need for prisons and corrections on the back end.

If we spend the money on schools, including blocks on basic moral and ethical behavior, as well as personal and civic responsibility, perhaps we can spend less on jails, prisons, and law enforcement.

One more necessity, a personal pet peeve of mine, is the need to encourage corporations and business to invest in job creation to keep these newly graduated citizens employed with adequate wages to support themselves.

I am usually one of the first to distrust Mayor Dean. Indeed, I suspect this education initiative, coming only after his bulldozing through his monument to ego convention center, is calculated as a campaign plank for future political office. However, I will grudgingly support him unless and until some evidence is produced this is merely a political scam.