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The College Search East: A Summer Program for High School Seniors with Learning Differences
July 10 - 22, 2016
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 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 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 senior year in high school as of September 2016
- 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)
How to Apply:
- COMPLETE AND SUBMIT AN APPLICATION ONLINE (by June 1, 2016)
- COMPLETE AND SUBMIT A LEARNING PROFILE QUESTIONNAIRE ONLINE
- Provide a letter of recommendation from your guidance counselor, teacher, or learning specialist. Your guidance counselor, teacher, or learning specialist can COMPLETE AND SUBMIT THE LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION ONLINE
- 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.
2016 Session Dates
- July 10 - 22, 2016
Tuition and Residence Fee
- $3,295 for Summer 2016
Payment and Refund Policy:
- Non-refundable deposit of $100 upon acceptance.
- Full payment preferred deadline is June 5, 2016.
- No refunds after June 7 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 East 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
Dr. Diane Webber recently received a fellowship from the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation. Dr. Webber will travel to Denmark, Sweden, and Norway in June 2016 to confer with Scandinavian colleagues about Bringing Active Learning to the College Classroom at the Universities of Copenhagen, Stockholm and Bergen.
Like many high school kids, Ivan Marchany '16 was very much into video games. But little did he realize that his boyhood hobby would turn into a career path in cyber-security. Because of a learning difference, Ivan's college search led him from his home in Puerto Rico to the Curry College PAL program, where he has thrived academically as an IT major, turning his once-perceived weaknesses into strengths.
The Institute on Learning Differences, a successful venture between the Education department and the Program for Advancement of Learning (PAL), gives students the opportunity to tap into the resources and knowledge of PAL faculty members and outside specialists to better understand the unique educational needs of students.