by Leah Jackson
Northwestern State University will host the 32nd summer session of the ADVANCE Program for Young Scholars July 5 – 25.
The ADVANCE Program is a three-week residential program that academically challenges and socially engages gifted, honors and/or talented students who are currently in 7th – 11th grades. ADVANCE is a collaborative program with Duke University’s Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP).
Students enroll in a single course for three weeks of in-depth study. They attend 106 hours of class and cover an entire year’s worth of high school material or a semester of college level material in that three-week period.
Courses being offered include the humanities, mathematics, natural sciences with laboratory components, and computer science. By working with carefully selected instructors and teaching assistants (TAs), and limiting class enrollment to 15 students, each student is given the opportunity to attain maximum academic growth.
Admittance to ADVANCE is based on minimum ACT or SAT scores. If students have not taken an ACT or SAT, or their scores do not meet or surpass ADVANCE’s eligibility criteria, they may apply through the program’s Alternate Admissions Policy.
While the academic program at ADVANCE is top-notch, the residential program sets ADVANCE apart from other similar summer programs. The residential assistants (RAs) offer a wide variety of social and recreational activities to assist students in forming lasting friendships, strengthen the ADVANCE community and help all students have a great time.