How do I know if ACADEMY is appropriate for my child?
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 wish to request application packets directly from the ACADEMY program at (541) 552-6452. ACADEMY is an enrichment program for students who can benefit from challenges beyond the standard school curriculum. The main concern of school personnel or parents nominating 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 week and session should my child attend?
Session 1 is for students completing grades 5 and 6 (June 24-June 30)
Session 2 is for students completing grades 7 and 8 (June 24-June 30)
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. Individual applications will not be reviewed until all documentation has been received and files are complete. The Priority Application Deadline is April 16. The General Application Deadline is April 30. Applications submitted after the general deadline will be added to our waitlist and reviewed as space becomes available. We will notify successful applicants beginning in early spring. No applications will be accepted after June 2.
Priority Application Deadline – April 16
General Application Deadline – April 30
When will students be notified of acceptance?
Applicants will be notified as applications are received and reviewed. It generally takes 2-4 weeks from the time we receive an application for a determination of acceptance to be made. NOTE: No application is reviewed until all parts of the application are received.
Application Fee: $25 (first time applicants only)
Pay online or mail a check to SOU Youth Programs, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd, Ashland, OR 97520.
Student Tuition: $850
Junior Counselor Tuition: $600
We are offering a Sibling Discount of $25 (first sibling pays regular price, subsequent siblings get $25 sibling discount)
Fees cover all cost for tuition, activities, housing, meals, and supervision
Note: Tuition payment is not required until notification of acceptance.
How is tuition assistance determined?
Any Oregon student who has been accepted for ACADEMY is 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. All tuition assistance forms must be received by May 15. 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. ACADEMY awards are generally between $50 and $250.
When are students notified about tuition assistance awards?
Students will be notified on or after June 1.
How much does it cost to attend ACADEMY?
ACADEMY is a self-supporting program funded through student tuition. The fee is $850, which covers tuition, supervision, room and meals, and activities. We do offer a $25 sibling discount. First-time applicants have a $25 application fee.
When should payment of the tuition occur?
Tuition is due when the student is notified of acceptance. Payment information is included in acceptance notificatons. VISA and MasterCard are accepted online and over the phone.
What happens if an accepted student is unable to attend ACADEMY?
We appreciate hearing as soon as possible since there may be a student on the waiting list we need to notify. There will be a $50 cancellation fee.
What about living groups?
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. There are separate residence halls for boys and girls. Parents are encouraged to meet with their child’s counselor during the check-in time to ask questions and share information and concerns.
Should my child request 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 wished to request a roommate, we need to have the request in writing on the application, and requested by both students on their applications.
What about food?
All meals will be served in the Hawk, part of the SOU residence hall complex. Students select from a wide variety of nutritious and well balanced foods. A vegetarian option is always available. Accommodations can be made for students with food allergies.