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					      A partnership between
Spartanburg County Public Schools
        and USC Upstate
  “In selecting future Yale students, I
am inclined to believe that the person
who gives every ounce to do
something superbly has an
advantage over the person whose
capacities may be great but who
seems to have no desire to stretch
them to their limit.”
      --Kingman Brewster, former President of Yale University
The Scholars Academy Mission
    To attract and graduate
  students with a life-long passion
  for learning and compassion for
  others, and enable them to
  translate academic study and
  personal concern into effective
  leadership and action in their
  communities and the world.
  The Scholars Academy …
Offers college classes & advanced high school classes.

Is for Grades 9-12. You must enter in Fall of 9th grade.

Is FREE!

Allows you to…

  Earn all high school graduation units in 3 years.

  Earn about 60 college credits (2 years of college).

…and still participate in your own school’s extra
 curricular activities, sports, clubs, etc.
          Funding
$2.6 million federal grant under
Voluntary Public School Choice Program
USC Upstate
Spartanburg County School Districts
  Governance
• Executive Board
  – University administrators
  – School district administrators
  – Parent
• Advisory Board
  – University administrators
  – School district administrators (7)
  – Director
  – Professors
  – Parents
  20 Graduates Cohort 1


                    Awarded
                    $2 million
                       in
                  scholarships!


Class of 2011
       2011-2012
105 students   36 professors
7 Districts    3 program staff
13 schools
       Requirements
 Attend 8th grade Spartanburg County
  Public School in Districts 1-7.
 Begin as a ninth grade student.
 Maintain A’s & B’s in all courses.
 Be self-motivated, academically
  driven.
 Be mature.
 Have parent support.
     Typical Academic Profile:
•   Gifted/Talented Student
•   Successful student in Algebra I (7th/8th grade)
•   Prof./ Adv. PACT/PASS
•   MAP – above grade level
•   High academic achiever
  Typical Personal Profile:

• Wide range of interests and pursuits
  both in and out of school
• Intellectually curious and a creative
  thinker
• Seeks and thrives on challenge
• Is able to work
independently
• Trustworthy and mature
     Daily Schedule
8:30 a.m.—12:30 p.m.
       3 classes MWF, TTh
              Honors/AP/Dual Credit
                         (college credit)

12-12:30 p.m. Lunch at USC Upstate

12:30 p.m. Return to home school
            Take at least one class there.
             Participate in extra-curriculars.
39 Freshmen Cohort 5




     2011-2012
                  Fall
   Algebra II Honors/Geometry Honors
          English I or II Honors
          US History to 1877
           Freshman Seminar

               Spring
Geometry Honors or Precalculus 126
           English II Honors
     US History from 1865
          Freshman Seminar
31 Sophomores Cohort 4




     2011-2012
               Fall
      Precalculus 126 or 127
    Biology 101 or Physics 101
         Government 201
         English III Honors

               Spring
  Precalculus 127 or Calculus 141
     Biology 101 or Astronomy 111
          World History 102
AP English Language and Composition
24 Juniors Cohort 3




   2011-2012
                    Fall
      Calculus 141 or Calculus 142
      Government 101 or Chemistry 111
 Foreign Language, Psychology, Music,
         Computer Science

                   Spring
Calculus 142 or AP Calculus or Calculus 241
 Physics 201, Biology 102, Chemistry 112
    Astronomy 111, World History 102
   AP English Literature and Composition
11 Seniors Cohort 2




   2011-2012
               Fall
           Calculus 241
         Foreign Language,
    Computer Science, Electives
Human Anatomy, Microbiology, Genetics,
          Astronomy

                  Spring
Foreign Language, Economics, Computer
            Science, Electives
Human Anatomy, Microbiology, Genetics,
        Astronomy, Physics 212
     Statistics 315, Political Science
Chinese 101 & 102
     optional




       See Curriculum Chart for more
    information on course required and
      taken at The Scholars Academy.
Courses to take at your school
  •   PE
  •   Computer Applications
  •   Foreign Language (1st year at least)
  •   Electives
  •   Fine arts
 50-70
  college
 credits
earned in
   four
  years.
            Dalton Fowler, Cohort 1, Chapman High School
 Will these credits transfer to
        another college?
              YES
subject to policy of individual colleges on:
              transfer credits
                dual credits
         pre-matriculation credits

       Transcript from the
   University of South Carolina
Requirements of Top Universities
    in regard to dual credit
College Courses at The Scholars Academy are:

      -- taken on a college campus
      -- taught by college professors who are
regular members of the university faculty
      -- real college courses offered to regular
college students in the course catalog
      -- part of the regular curriculum of the
college
       AP versus Dual Credit
“Students who take one or more college courses at
another American college or university prior to their
enrollment at Duke can have the courses recorded on
their academic record and receive AP-like credit for
them.”

“...advanced placement (AP), international
baccalaureate (IB), and pre-matriculation course
work…These three types of pre-college work are
regarded as equivalent…”

                                 --Duke University
  What Colleges Are Looking For
“The single most important document in your application
is your high school transcript, which tells us a great deal
about your academic drive and performance over time.
We look for students who have consistently taken a
broad range of challenging courses in high school and
done well.”
“…interested to see that you have challenged yourself
with difficult coursework, and have done well.”
“…it is very important that we see a high level (or an
improving degree) of rigor and success throughout your
high school years.”
                                    --Yale University
        Academic Support
• Mentors
• Tutors
• Supplemental
  Instructors
• Study Sessions
• Freshmen Seminar
• University Writing Center
• University Math Lab
  Youth Summer
Leadership Institute
  at USC Upstate
        Organizations
Student Council   Literary Magazine Staff
PTSO              Honor Roll
Yearbook Staff
“Think Globally;
 Act Locally.”


   Community
  Service Projects
Academic Leadership: Sharing Our Knowledge
Selection Process Calendar 2012
• Jan. 31, 2012: Completed student
  applications due to USC Upstate. When
  we receive your application, we will
  send you a card of receipt.
• February: Student candidates selected
  for interviews.
• March: Student/parent interview.
• April: Candidates chosen and notified.
      Application Packet:
• Part A
  – General Personal Info (1 page)
• Part B
  – Essay; open response questions; extra-
    curricular activities (4 pages)*
• Academic Recommendation
     (2 pages)
• Personal/Community Recommendation
     (2 pages)
• Counselor’s Report (1 page)
       Mailing Address
    Melissa DeLoach, Director,
      The Scholars Academy
        School of Education
University of South Carolina Upstate
        800 University Way
     Spartanburg, SC 29303
 For more information…

Contact Melissa DeLoach
   •mdeloach@uscupstate.edu
   •503-5506
   www.uscupstate.edu/scholars
Crescat scientia, vita excolatur
    “Let knowledge increase,
      let life be perfected.”

				
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