Is a one-week residential, pre-college program intended to encourage 7th graders who are going into the 8th grade to think about, plan, and prepare for college. The program is held in June on the campus of Shepherd University and is designed for underachievers who are performing between the average and high academic performance range.
Through activities and mini-classes, Academy participants receive instruction and information on the benefits of a college education. The program is designed to change learning habits, improve grades in school, and increase the possibility for college attendance.
Research reveals that: (a) West Virginia has one of the lowest going-to-college rates in the nation; (b) approximately 80 percent of all new jobs in the future will require at least two years of college; c) underachieving students who do not perform to their ability level are less likely to attain the same occupational and educational level of achievers with the same ability.
The Academy is held in June at Shepherd University. The University is located in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia in Shepherdstown.