Summer Academic Enrichment Programs
A question that frequently comes up in college interviews and applications is "What have you done with your past few summers?" With increasingly competitive application pools to select from, admissions offices at many colleges and universities want to see that serious applicants are being proactive about their education not only during the school year, but during the summer as well.
Many top-tier private boarding schools and universities offer summer academic enrichment programs that provide intensive yet fun summer experiences. These programs cultivate an enjoyment of learning for the sake of learning, encourage students to take control of their academic destiny, and provide unforgettable life-changing experiences with like-minded peers—all while making the students more appealing college applicants. And, the experience of several RHS students has been that doing two of these programs makes a dramatically greater positive impact on the admission process than doing just one.
Attending a summer enrichment program also gives students a taste of the college-preparatory approach to education, which mirrors the experience of attending college—from living in dorms to selecting one's own courses and budgeting study and social time. Not only does this help develop the strengths that come with being a strong student, it also makes the transition from high school to college much easier by preparing students for the challenges of post-secondary education. These programs offer a wide array of courses (ranging from very broad in scope to very specific in focus) that may expose students to new subjects and open doors to future majors and fields of study.
Since 2010, the Reach High Scholars Program has sent at least a dozen RHS students each year to competitive two to five-week boarding programs with very positive results and feedback. In particular, Phillips Exeter Academy, St. Paul’s School, Brown University, and Dartmouth College have all made significant commitments to support our efforts. Almost all RHS students have attended such programs with substantial financial aid, only a small portion of which has come from Raymond-related sources. In addition, about 200 Raymond middle schoolers and freshmen have participated in Raymond Roundtables.
High School Programs
Middle School Programs