The Saturday Academy
An academic enhancement program that views every student as a potential scholar and provides support to help them achieve improved academic performance. Focus is on Math an English composition. The program also offers study and time management strategies, information about college requirements and financial aid workshops.
The Saturday Academy views each student that participates as a potential scholar and is committed to assisting them to maximize their potential. The academies meet three Saturdays each month (October through May) from 9-1 in the afternoon. The major components of the program are math, language arts, and critical thinking. Students are also introduced to learning strategies based on the PALS (Personal Academic Learning System) Program. This component of the program is facilitated by a collaboration with UCLA's Community- Based Early Academic Outreach Program which provides additional resources for students participating in the Saturday Academy Program. Tutoring and mentoring are also provided by trained college students to complement the instruction provided. The curriculum also includes a cultural component designed to enhance self-efficacy and workhops covering time management, test taking strategies, research strategies, college application, and financial aid. During the summer, a 5 day leadership camp is offered to 30 participants who are housed in the dormitoty at CSUN and exposed to an intensive curriculum focused on leadership development.
The Saturday Academy Program is open to youth in grades 9-12. There is no grade point average requirement. The only requirements are a willingness to participate on a consistent basis and to follow the rules of conportment outlined in a contract signed by youth and parents. Parental participation is strongly encouraged. Workshops will be provided for parents to assist in maximizing advocacy for their children's success.