“As a student with an LD, my biggest fear in high school was raising my hand in class, and not knowing the answer. But now, especially when I meet with my PAL advisor, I have more confidence and I feel like I'm more prepared to participate in class.”
Brandon Traina '11
Major: Criminal Justice
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The College Search East (Summer Program for Rising High School Juniors and Seniors)
The College Search East is an exciting, 2-week residential opportunity that will help students with learning differences prepare for their college search.
What better place to do it than in the Boston area, the birthplace and hub of higher education, and at Curry College, the nation's first postsecondary college to formally welcome students with learning challenges?
Sponsored by the Program for Advancement of Learning (PAL) at Curry College, the College Search East is an innovative, interactive opportunity for rising juniors and seniors to:
- Identify a personal learning profile and set realistic goals
- Understand the legal, academic, and social transition from high school to higher education
- Visit and compare Boston area colleges and their programs/accommodation services
- Create an individualized plan for navigating the college search with a "road map for junior and senior year," including tools to compose a solid college application essay
- Experience two weeks in residence on the Curry College campus for an authentic preview of college life
- Participate in cultural, historic, and social activities to gain awareness of the opportunities available in Boston
Requirements for Admission:
- Provide evidence of entering your junior or senior year in high school as of September 2014
- Provide documentation of a language-based learning disability, attention deficit disorder, and/or executive function weakness
- Demonstrate average to gifted cognitive ability as measured by the WAIS/WISC or other psycho-educational testing
- Provide testing which describes your learning profile (including WAIS/WISC and Achievement tests such as the Woodcock-Johnson III Tests of Achievement)
- Complete a learning profile questionnaire (PDF)
- Provide a letter of recommendation (PDF) from your guidance counselor, teacher, or learning specialist
How to Apply:
- COMPLETE AND SUBMIT AND APPLICATION ONLINE (by May 31, 2014).
- Please note: Acceptance and participation in College Search East is not a guarantee of acceptance to Curry College and PAL.
- Please include student's name in the subject line when sending testing or other documents as email attachments so it gets to the correct office.
To learn more please email us at PALSummerPrograms@curry.edu.
2014 Session Dates
- June 15 - 27, 2014
TuitioN and Residence Fee
Payment and Refund Policy:
- Non-refundable deposit of $100 upon acceptance.
- Full payment preferred deadline is May 31, 2014.
- No refunds after June 1 unless a medical excuse is provided by physician.
- No refunds if student is asked to leave for infractions of drug, alcohol, and/or curfew violations or disruptive behavior.
- Limited enrollment.
- Opportunity to work in a small group with experienced learning specialists.
- Social interaction with other students with learning differences.
- Students earn 1.5 Curry College credits for completion of academic requirements.
College Search East is more than classroom activities. It is the opportunity to experience the college residential environment.
- Get to know others from all over the United States in informal and planned activities designed to foster social interaction and cultural opportunities.
- Experience all that Boston has to offer in a tour of the city and the chance to attend a theater production.
- Get a jump start on your college application essay.
- Visit a number of area colleges to begin the search for the "right fit."
All activities will be supervised by residential life staff.
Students will be supervised by a Resident Director and Resident Assistants (one per 10 students). Resident assistants are college students themselves who are chosen based on maturity and recommendations.
Students will be housed in one of Curry's smaller residence halls. Rooms are standard doubles, so students will be assigned roommates. Three meals a day will be provided in the College dining marketplace. Any additional meals or snacks will be at the student's expense.
Rules and Policies
Students will have enforced curfews and are expected to be in their own rooms between midnight and 7:00 a.m. Students may not leave campus unless on supervised and approved College Search activities. A strict drug and alcohol policy will be enforced. Upon acceptance to the program, students and parents will be expected to sign a form acknowledging that they have read and agree to the residential policies.
Important Note to Parents
Safety of your son or daughter is of utmost concern to us; however, personal safety is a joint venture. No system can guarantee protection without full cooperation of and assumption of responsibility by your son or daughter. Consequently, we ask that you carefully evaluate your son's or daughter's maturity level before encouraging participation in a residential program.
Students who fly into Logan Airport will be asked to arrange arrival and departure times so that residence life staff can meet them as a group for transport to Curry College. Please note that if flights are delayed or cancelled, a back-up plan should be in place. Further details will be forthcoming upon acceptance to the program.
For more information, call 617-333-2250 or send e-mail to: PALSummerPrograms@curry.edu
Criminal Justice major Brandon Traina one day hopes to become a part of one of the most prestigious law enforcement organizations in the world, the NYPD.
A Psychology and Criminal Justice double-major, Katie Russell decided in her junior year to take a semester at sea, a whirlwind academic boat trip which took her to 14 different countries.
"The PAL program has allowed me to be much more involved in school. The faculty and staff point out my strengths so now I know where I'm able to channel what I'm good at. I honestly had no idea of my potential before PAL."