Overview The Rising Scholars program is a partnership between Ann Arbor Public Schools and the U of M Center for Educational Outreach (CEO) designed to reach out to under served but high achieving students to decrease the documented achievement gap in AAPS and prepare them for college. During their time in the program, students will participate in a Summer Learning Academy (SLA), identify personal and academic goals and participate in leadership, college preparation and career readiness opportunities.
Program Goals The Rising Scholars Program operates with three (3) overarching goals:
To address achievement disparities
Increase enrollment and completion in rigorous courses including AC and AP courses.
Academically prepare underrepresented students for success in higher education
Summer Learning Academy The Summer Learning Academy (SLA) is an 8-day leadership academy where invited incoming Rising Scholars begin their transition from middle school to high school. Students preview high school content, learn soft skills for high school success, tour The University of Michigan and begin to build relationships with their cohort members.
Main Program Components
Access to partnerships such as The University of Michigan, CEO, College Board, etc…
College and Career Readiness through project-based learning, real world applications and development of leadership skills
Successful completion of FAFSA
Assistance with completion of college and university applications including essay writing
Access to various scholarship and grant opportunities including support in essay writing and application completion
Opportunity to participate in various summer pre-college, enrichment and leadership programs
Application to University of Michigan
Mentorship by University of Michigan students and mentors
Increased enrollment and completion of AC/AP courses
Need to Knows As the Rising Scholars program has grown over the years, we have had opportunity to speak with several families and obtain feedback on what were the important pieces of information for other incoming families to know. Here are a few of those important points: - Under served does NOT mean low income. While some of our families may be considered low income, it is not a requirement or a criteria used for student selection for the program. Visit our eligibility page to review the program requirements. Under represented or under served refers to students who have a demonstrated skill set but have traditionally not had an academic program to meet that skill set. For example, African American males are under served in our AC/AP courses. The Rising Scholars program helps student gain access to those courses and equally as important, be successful in those classes.
- This program is only for a certain demographic. The profile of a Rising Scholar is varied and wide. Our student represent multiple countries, languages, ethnicities and socio-economic backgrounds.