June 10th – 28th, 2013
Monday – Friday; 8:15-1:30
What is the Higher Achievement Program?
The Higher Achievement Program, or HAP for short, is a three-week summer outreach program organized to provide opportunities for academic enrichment, supervised recreation, and other meaningful learning activities for rising 7th and 8th grade boys in the setting of a Jesuit high school.
Who is eligible to participate in the program?
Students should meet the following criteria:
• will need financial assistance to make a Catholic high school education a reality,
• are excited by the opportunity to participate in an academic, athletic, and spiritual summer program.
How many students enroll?
The HAP program is expecting to enroll 90 students, half rising seventh graders and half rising eighth graders.
What does it cost?
Students are expected to pay $100.00 tuition for the three week program. This fee includes lunch every day.
How is the daily program designed?
HAP is operated in a summer school / day camp format. HAP begins each morning at 8:15 a.m. with a prayer and reflection period. Every student cycles through five major areas of study each day: Speech / Creative Writing, Chemistry / Biology, Physics, Current Events, and Robotics. A daily athletics period is included, and the days end at 1:30. All of these courses are activity-based courses that emphasize multi-modal learning and are especially appealing to the kinesthetic learner. To ensure that students focus on the learning objective and not the final evaluation, HAP does not assign grades to the student.
Who instructs these courses?
All of the HAP instructors are full-time Strake Jesuit faculty members. Each of the instructors is assisted by two current Jesuit students, known as Teacher Assistants (TA’s), all of whom are rising seniors. The TA’s are chosen by faculty members for their academic and leadership skills.
What types of activities are included in the program besides the academic courses?
On Friday June 7 at 5:00 pm, all students and their families are asked to attend a general orientation session in the Parsley Center at Strake Jesuit. On the first Friday of the program, students will participate in a field day at the Strake Jesuit Retreat and Leadership Center in Leona, TX
. On the second Friday, students will participate in a service day at a variety of sites around Houston including homeless shelters, food banks, and retirement homes. The program concludes with a career day and graduation ceremony on June 28th.
Where can I find additional information?
The application is online, click here
. The director of the program is Michael Crowley. His number at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory is 713-490-8140 and email is email@example.com