Summerbridge Pittsburgh’s 19th year of summer programs begins on campus on Monday, June 18, 2012. This first week of Summerbridge also marks the beginning of a new offering in the high school program called SmartyPants Week, which will be hosted at Winchester Thurston.
As part of its six-year model of support for students and families which begins the summer before seventh grade, Summerbridge’s high school program begins during the students’ eighth-grade year, providing high school options counseling. The program continues with college guidance and academic tutoring once students enter high school.
SmartyPants Week will extend Summerbridge’s current academic support in the high school program by providing course work during the summer, offering three courses – SAT Math, Writing, and Spanish – to rising 10th, 11th, and 12th graders for one week in June. The mini-courses will focus on a math skills review specific to the SAT, narrative and expository writing, and Spanish writing and conversation skills. SmartyPants Week is offered at no cost to Summerbridge families.
“Our aim is to provide our high school students with a level of support that keeps them college-bound,” says Summerbridge Pittsburgh Executive Director Sarah Bachner. “SmartyPants Week is the first instance of summer academic enrichment for our high school program since the beginning of Summerbridge in 1993. We’re very pleased to be adding it to our program.”