- High School Program -
During the school year, high school students are supported by someone from the High School Program's All Staff Team. Some 9th grade students will have an Academic Coach to help support them with Academic growth and organizational skills. Some 9th grade, all of 10th and 11th grade students will have an Advocate. In-school Advocates are teachers or guidance counselors employed by Durham Public Schools, and community Advocates are people in the community interested in supporting students through their high school experience. All 12th grade students will be supported by College Advisors. Students meet with their Academic Coach, Advocate, or College Advisor 1-2 times on a weekly basis. Parents and families should plan to meet with their child's Staff Member at least once a month. The All Staff Team communicates with program staff regularly and they work to connect families to resources when necessary. During the year high school students are also able to connect with a small group or one-on-one tutoring using our virtual tutoring platform.
Year-Round student support includes:
- Weekly meetings: Students meet with their All Staff Member weekly to create individually tailored academic improvement plans based on student progress.
- Monthly Cluster meetings: Students meet virtually on a monthly basis to grow their college-ready skills, career exploration, and build community among their peers.
- Tutoring: Students are provided with tutoring opportunities throughout the year in order to support our students and help them be successful in school.
- U-Prep Saturdays: Students and parents attend U-Prep days two-three times a year with the aim to provide interactive workshops for students and families with tips around succeeding in high school and preparing for college.
Over the course of the school year, high school students work closely with Student U’s College Readiness and Success Coordinator and her team of College Advisors. Students are exposed to a wide range of programming designed to help families plan, apply, and pay for college. Students participate in college tours, monthly College Bound 301 workshops, a college fair, and individual conferences to meet students’ needs.
The earlier curricula for ninth and tenth-grade students focus on academic preparation (e.g., learning at Summer Academy, building community service experience/leadership, preparing for standardized tests such as the ACT/SAT), while curricula for eleventh and twelfth-grade students focus on the college application process (e.g., writing college essays, choosing the “best fit” college, applying early to a wide range of schools, applying for scholarships/grants, and financing higher education).
College Prep student support:
- College tours: Students are informed about college applications and enrollment decisions.
- Monthly College Bound 301 workshops: Students attend workshops to identify colleges that would be the best fit for them, complete all college and scholarship applications and plan their transition to college on Monday evenings
- College Fair: Students attend to learn more about colleges/universities from across the country to identify best fits for students.
- Individual Conferences: The College Readiness and Success Coordinator plus College Advisors hosts individual conferences to meet students’ needs.
- Test preparation: Students attend test preparation to prepare students for standardized testing such as the ACT/SAT.