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Spring programs for high school

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To register for high school programs, contact Program Specialist, Victor Montanez at vmontanez@onwardwelearn.org or 401-400-0049.

Para registrarse para las oportunidades de escuela secundaria (grados 9-12), comuníquese con Victor Montanez enviándole un correo electrónico a 
vmontanez@onwardwelearn.org o llamando al 401-400-0049


Grades 11 and/or 12   

College Application Writing   
This program is dedicated to helping 11th and 12th grade Crusaders produce high-quality writing pieces for their college applications, including admissions essays and supplemental application questions. Colleges and universities see writing as the single most important skill students need, and this program will equip them with the confidence and skills to stand out from the rest. This workshop is designed to give writing abilities a boost in a short period of time and will help students produce competitive college writing submissions. We urge Crusaders to take advantage of this opportunity, as it will help ease the anxiety around the college application process.

*Completing all 10 days is NOT a requirement. Once you are registered, you can join for as many dates as you are available. The more you join, the more help we can get you! 

Program details:   
Saturdays, 9 a.m. – noon 
March 5 – May 14 (off on April 23)   
Juanita Sanchez Education Complex  


Grade 12

Financial Aid Review Nights 
This time is dedicated to helping 12th grade students and families review their financial aid packages. It is an opportunity to ask questions and discuss the benefits and use of your Financial Aid award.      

Program details:   
Dates and times will vary 
February – May 
In person at 134 Thurbers Ave., Suite 111, Providence, RI


Grades 9 to 12   

**A full PSAT/SAT Test Prep program will run in the summer. For spring, join one of the academy programs below based on the content you think you need the most support in. 

Math Academy (with PSAT/SAT test prep) 
The Math Academy provides support for high school Crusaders who feel less confident in their math coursework. Our goal is to ensure that each Crusader has a chance to practice key foundational skills to become more successful math students, problem-solvers, and critical thinkers. Instructors will split the groups up based on need for Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2 skills. They will also provide individualized learning opportunities, engage the Crusaders in teamwork, and incorporate hands-on math activities. 

Additionally, we will provide test prep support with practice PSAT/SAT examples, strategies for breaking down the prompt, and answering multiple choice questions more effectively. 

Program details:   
Saturdays, 9 a.m.. – noon 
March 5 – May 14 (off on April 23)     
Central High School    


Writing Academy (with PSAT/SAT test prep) – Grades 9 and/or 10

Join our BRAND-NEW Writing Academy! Many Crusaders have asked for extra support with being able to produce stronger pieces of writing. This program is designed to help build your foundational skills of grammar, sentence structure, and organizing your thoughts. You will not only work on how to make sure you are answering a prompt correctly, but also how to send a professional email, edit your own writing, and engage your readers more effectively.  

Additionally, we will provide test prep support with practice PSAT/SAT examples, strategies for breaking down the prompt/reading, and answering multiple choice questions more effectively. 

Program details:   
Saturdays, 9 a.m. – noon 
March 5 – May 14 (off on April 23)    
Juanita Sanchez Education Complex 


College Visits/Fair
College visits provide Crusaders with the opportunity to get firsthand information about many colleges in New England. Crusaders are provided with campus tours, information sessions facilitated by admissions and financial aid representatives, BIPOC and Crusader alumni student panels, and more.      

At the fair, Crusaders will have the opportunity to gather a plethora of information from over 200 colleges and universities. College admissions reps can answer questions related to their institutions and the application process. Crusaders must attend at least one college fair junior year.   

*This year, these opportunities may be provided virtually for safety reasons.  

Program details:   
Dates and times will vary 
February – May 
Virtual and/or in-person offerings 

W.O.K.E. Athletes  
Onward We Learn Student Athletes: Words of Knowledge Empower (W.O.K.E.) Athletes Mentorship Program’s mission is to educate the Crusade athletic community on how to appreciate, support, and leverage diverse identities as a pathway to success. Bryant student-athletes will help our Crusader athletes to advocate for the resources required to ensure student athletes are successful academically, professionally, and holistically, and to serve prospective student athletes in local communities as part of completing a 360 Mentorship Program. Space will be limited. 

Program Details:   
February – April (advisors to provide more details) 
Bryant University 

Civic Engagement Projects  
Work with your advisor to develop a community service project to help your school look and/or feel better!   

Program Details:  
February – May 
In person at your school with an advisor 


School Breaks 
Feb. 21 to 25 and April 18 to 22

Getting to College Conference – Grades 9, 10, and 11 
The “Getting to College Conference” is a series of hands-on workshops where 11th grade Crusaders will get a head start on all the paperwork needed to complete their college applications. By attending this conference, Crusaders will learn how to master various elements of the college admissions and Financial Aid processes. Along with a focus on Social Emotional Learning and self-awareness.  

Program details:   
April break 
TBD, advisors to provide details 


CHOICES – Grades 9 and 10 
CHOICES is a fun, interactive decision-making workshop run by our advisors that empowers teens to achieve academic success in pursuit of their career and life aspirations. The CHOICES workshop explores these questions and more by helping Crusaders make their own decisions about staying in school and getting into college. It also will help Crusaders develop additional skills needed to succeed, such as goal-setting, self-discipline, and time management.   

Program details:   
February break 
Blackstone Academy 


Project Open Door  Grades 9, 10, and 11 
We partnered with the Rhode Island School of Design’s (RISD) Project Open Door to offer a weeklong program for 9th to 11th graders called Photographic Imaging: An Artistic and Scientific Journey.” Over the course of the week, each Crusader will practice all these skills to be able to create their own original character for a story line. To do this, Crusaders will use resources to build their own camera, create digital portraits, understand the science of photography, learn about the principles of building and analyzing strong character design, examine demonstrations of anime and other artistic styles, and much more! Space will be limited. 

*This year, these opportunities may be provided virtually for safety reasons. 

Program details:   
February and April break offerings 
Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) 


Mystic Aquarium - All grades 
In this course, Crusaders will have the opportunity to explore both the vast variety of species at Mystic Aquarium as well as careers in aquarium science including water quality, life support, exhibit design, marine animal rescue, fish and invertebrate care, and research. Crusaders will interact with aquarium professionals, investigate the animals in their care and engage in work behind the scenes to gain a unique perspective on the careers essential to the success of a world-class aquarium. This one-of-a-kind program is the perfect opportunity to test the waters of a career in marine biology! 

Program details:   
April break 
Virtual