Academics

Academics

The purpose of the Urban Scholars Program is to provide talented urban students from Boston with the academic skills and the motivation to achieve their full potential. Our overarching goal is to enable our students to assume positions of leadership and achievement in society. To this end, our academic program is governed by the following core goals:

  • To a graduating Urban Scholar, critical thinking is a habit of mind that is both creative and analytical.
  • A graduating Urban Scholar expresses his or her thinking effectively in both written and oral form.
  • Competency, confidence and resourcefulness in academic settings and beyond are hallmarks of every graduating Urban Scholar.
  • A graduating Urban Scholar respects human dignity, accepts responsibility for his/her actions and exercises his/her rights and responsibilities as a citizen.

During the Academic Year Program we provide 120 hours of academic instruction and 60 hours of advising, tutoring, independent and small group studying, enrichment, and personal development. 

Our intensive Summer Institute offsets summer learning loss by providing 147 hours of essential academic and college-ready skills and knowledge. Students return to school fully prepared to build on the rigorous academic foundation laid in the summer courses.