Providing education and enrichment for New Haven's children at Southern Connecticut State University.
The Southern Academy is a year-round educational effort at Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) geared to help New Haven school children enhance their learning skills in key areas, from reading to calculus, to computer science. The academy includes an intensive, four-week on-campus program of education during the summer months. The 2013 program is taking place during the month of July.
The achievement gap in Connecticut is one of the worst in the country. The Southern Academy is part of a multi-pronged approach that Southern is developing to help ensure that city school children receive the tools to succeed at an early age – in essence, tackling the achievement gap in the developmental years.
Internationally known actor and education activist Bill Cosby has lent his support to the academy proposal by coming to New Haven twice to visit city elementary and middle schools and speak with parents and teachers. These efforts were highlighted on NBC’s “The Today Show” on March 7, 2011, where Cosby was interviewed live with SCSU Interim President Stanley Battle, who was spearheading the academy initiative.
- The first group of 25 students, all fourth graders, started June 2011. Students are drawn from three neighboring city schools.
- The program runs five days a week for six weeks, and the children are exposed not only to classroom learning opportunities, but all aspects of university life, from athletics to performing arts.
- The children are taught by Southern faculty and student teachers.
- Children will visit Southern twice a month during the school year, and also have field trips to locations such as New York or Boston.
Helping Students Succeed
- Each participating child receives a free laptop computer for use during the summer program to assist them with the educational enrichment programs they will be involved in at Southern.
- Sponsors are sought in the community to act as mentors as the children work their way through the summer program and then, the school year.
- Offsite tutoring is available for the children during the school year and their academic and social progress will be tracked as they move through the middle school years and into high school.
Engaging Parents and Families
- Parents are also involved. They and their children are asked to sign a contract of commitment to the program. Children must demonstrate a willingness to work and
- Classes are offered in parenting skills and child health. Educational opportunities for parents will be available at Gateway Community College.
- Both parents and children will have an incentive to succeed – if the students graduate from high school and meet our application standards they will earn scholarships to attend Southern.
THE ULTIMATE GOAL OF THE SOUTHERN ACADEMY IS FOR ALL THE PARTICIPATING STUDENTS TO GO ON TO COLLEGE AND EARN A DEGREE!
For more information about the Southern Academy, please contact (203) 392-5575.