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Summer high school programs

Each program description includes a link to the registration form when applicable.

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(P)SAT/SAT ACADEMY – Grades 9, 10, 11, and 12

The (P)SAT/SAT Academy provides support for high school students who want to begin preparing for their upcoming state test. Our goal is to ensure that each student has a chance to practice key foundational skills to become more successful problem-solvers and critical thinkers who feel more confident in their abilities to earn a higher score on the test for ELA and math. Using pre- and post-diagnostics, the instructors will be able to provide both individualized learning opportunities and groupwork activities.

Program details: 
Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – noon
Registration form: July 11 – 29
Juanita Sanchez Education Complex (JSEC), Providence

COLLEGE APPLICATION WRITING: TUTORING 

This service will be provided on an individual basis to meet each of your specific needs. If you would like to schedule time with one of our College Application Writing Instructors, please reach out to Al Pari at apari@onwardwelearn.org for more details.

COLLEGE VISITS – Grades 9, 10, 11 (current)

College visits provide students with the opportunity to get firsthand information about many colleges in New England through campus tours, information sessions facilitated by admissions and financial aid representatives, BIPOC and alumni student panels, and more.    

At the college fair, students 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. Students must attend at least one college fair junior year. 

*These opportunities may be provided virtually for safety reasons.

Program details: 
Dates and times will vary
July 5 – 15; Aug. 1 – 12
Virtual and/or in-person offerings

CHALLENGE SUMMER EXPERIENCE (CSE) – Grades 10 and 11 (current)

This four-day leadership program is designed to introduce high school students to the basic, yet important, skills of self-advocacy, teambuilding, project planning and leadership. Students will participate in various planned activities: scavenger hunts, workshops, journaling and more. CSE is also designed for students to become acquainted with the high school advisors, spark initiative and motivate our students to get involved in their respective schools and communities. Students will engage in hands-on challenges that will push them outside of their comfort zone to be able to more successfully use their voice and collaborate with others.

Program details: 
Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Session 1 registration form: July 18 – 21 (Providence/Cranston)
Session 2 registration form: July 25 – 28 (Woonsocket, Central Falls, Pawtucket)
Providence College, Providence

FLY ACADEMY – Grades 10 and 11 (current)

FLY Academy will be hosted by the Financial Literacy Youth (FLY) Initiative of Rhode Island. This team will provide real-world learning opportunities centered on financially preparing for college (budgeting, loans, checking vs. savings, etc.). This is a unique two-day program that will help set you up for success on your college and career journey!

*Limited spots are available, sign up as soon as possible!

Program details: 
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Session 1 registration form: Aug. 9 – 10 (Central Falls, Pawtucket, Woonsocket)
Session 2 registration form: Aug. 11 – 12 (Cranston and Providence)
Juanita Sanchez Education Complex (JSEC), Providence

MYSTIC AQUARIUM – Grades 9, 10, 11 (current)

In this course, students 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. Participants 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!

*This will be the same experience as last summer, so we are not recruiting those who already participated.

Program details: 
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Mystic Aquarium, Mystic Connecticut
Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. – noon, virtual
Sessions 1 and 2 registration form: Will have to choose session 1 OR 2; can’t do both. There is only Cranston bus stop for Session 2. July 11 – 15 (Providence) or July 18 – 22 (Cranston and Providence)
Session 3 registration form: July 25 – 29 (Pawtucket and Central Falls)

PASSAGEWAYS – Grades 8 and 9 (current)

Our Passageways program is designed to provide students with the necessary tools to successfully make their transition into and thrive throughout high school. The activities provided will give students the opportunity to get to know and develop positive relationships with their high school advisor, meet and interact with other students in their grades, learn how to be their most productive self, and prepare for the year ahead!

Program details: 
Tuesday – Friday (session 1) or Monday – Thursday (session 2), 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Session 1 registration form: July 5 – 8 (Cranston and Providence) 
Session 2 registration form: July 11 – 14 (Central Falls, Pawtucket, and Woonsocket)
Rhode Island/Providence College, Providence