Is ACADEMY a Good Fit?
ACADEMY is an enrichment program for students who can benefit from challenges beyond the standard school curriculum. If your child is identified as talented and gifted by his or her school, information about ACADEMY may be sent home from school. In some cases, the school may not have distributed the information and you may request more ACADEMY information directly from Pre-College Youth Programs at 541-552-6452.
The main concern of school staff, parents prompting students for the program, and for ACADEMY staff evaluating student applications, is whether the program will be a positive experience for the student. If you feel your child is a candidate for ACADEMY but are not sure, ask his or her teacher or give us a call.
Which Session Do I Apply for?
Session 1 is for students completing grades 5 and 6.
Session 2 is for students completing grades 7 and 8.
Junior Counselor Intern is for students completing grade 9. Junior Counselors are students completing grades 10-12.
All sessions and positions run concurrently, during the last full week of June.
When Is the Application Deadline?
Because of the popularity of ACADEMY, we encourage students to complete their applications early and submit them in a timely fashion. Applications will not be reviewed until all documentation has been received and files are complete. The Application Deadline is now May 8, 2020. Applications submitted after the general deadline will be added to our waitlist and reviewed as space becomes available. We will notify accepted applicants beginning in the Spring.
Application Deadline – May 8, 2020
When Will Students Be Notified of Acceptance?
Applicants will be notified as applications are received and reviewed. Applications will be reviewed in order of completion. We review hundreds of applications a year so please be patient in this process. No application is reviewed until all parts of the application are received.
How Much Does it Cost to Attend ACADEMY?
ACADEMY is a self-supported program funded through student tuition, donations and grants. The tuition for 2020 is:
New Student tuition: $925
Returning Student tuition: $900 ($25 discount for returning)
New Junior Counselor Intern tuition: $900
Returning Junior Counselor Intern tuition: $875 ($25 discount for returning)
New Junior Counselor tuition: $675
Returning Junior Counselor tuition: $650 ($25 discount for returning)
Limited tuition assistance may be available, see details below.
How Is Tuition Assistance Determined?
All students are eligible for ACADEMY tuition assistance on the basis of demonstrated financial need. Tuition Assistance should be requested as part of the student's online application. If you are applying and requesting tuition assistance, the student's entire application must be completed by May 8, 2020 in order to be considered. Any application received after that date, may not be considered for assistance. Because assistance funds for ACADEMY are limited, we do ask that schools and parent groups explore possible sources of scholarship aid in their local areas (school PTA, School District TAG/Curriculum Dept, Rotary). ACADEMY awards are generally between $50 and $250. We offer a $25 sibling discount.
When Are Students Notified about Tuition Assistance Awards?
Students are notified about tuition assistance after June 1, 2020. Due to the quantity of applications ever year across all of our many summer residential programs, we unfortunately cannot notify about tution assistance earlier than June 1.
When Should Payment of the Tuition Occur?
Tuition is due only after acceptance. Payment information is included in acceptance notificatons. We accept cash, check and Visa/MasterCard online.
What Happens if Have to Cancel?
Sometimes conflicts come up! We appreciate hearing as soon as possible since there may be a student on the waiting list we need to notify. A $50 cancellation fee may be assessed.
What about Living Groups/Counselors?
Student’s living Group Counselor will become a very important person to your child. The counselors are college students who have experience in youth programs and counseling. They've been selected for their leadership skills and enthusiasm for working with young people. Parents are given the oppertunity to meet with their child’s counselor during the check-in time to ask questions and share information and concerns.
What about Requesting a Roommate?
One of the best things about ACADEMY is the new and lasting friendships students make during their week on campus. We do
accept roommate requests; however we encourage your child to meet new people. If your child wishes to request a roommate, there is a section on the online application to do so. Requests must be noted by both students on their applications. Please plan accordingly, requests not made by both students will not be honored.
Where/What Are the Residential Halls ACADEMY Students Stay in?
All ACADEMY students stay on the Southern Oregon University campus in Shasta Hall within Raider Village. Students stay in suite style rooms and share a room with their roommate. Roommates share a full bathroom with two other roommates. All suites are single gender. Click here to view sample pictures of Shasta Hall. Students stay in rooms in close vicinity of their Senior Counselor, who stays in their own room independent of all students. Please indicate on your application or call our office for additional living accommodations.
What/Where Will I Eat?
All meals will be served in The Hawk, which is part of the residential Raider Village. Students select from a wide variety of nutritious and well balanced foods. A vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options are always available. Accommodations can always be made for students with food allergies or sensitivities. Dietary restricitons and allergies are reported as part of the accepted student paperwork.