Young Scholars strive to uphold the status as some of the best and brightest future leaders in Allen County.
Young Scholars are expected to maintain strong a strong academic record (A's and B's) while take an appropriately challenging course load, which may include honors, advanced placement, international baccalaureate or college-level courses. In addition, Young Scholars are expected to explore and to develop their passions in the fine arts, music, speech, drama, civic pursuits, athletics and other activities which will enhance their growth.
Young Scholars serve as representatives of the YSA and are expected to act with honesty and integrity. We expect Young Scholars to:
- Demonstrate strength in character and leadership.
- Display concern for their schools and communities.
- Display progress in all academic work.
- Maintain an exemplary school disciplinary record.
- Collaborate with YSA staff and volunteers.
Young Scholars and their families are expected to work closely and communicate with their designated YSA educational advisor at least every two weeks.
Each Young Scholar will work with his or her educational advisor to develop an Individual Learning Plan that will be followed on a yearly basis to ensure the Young Scholar's academic, social and emotional progress.
Cookye Rutledge - YSA Director
BA Pepperdine University
EDM Harvard University
he educational advisors work closely with students and their families through the year, providing academic guidance, assessing needs and opportunities, identifying resources and ensuring that Individual Learning Plans are being appropriately followed.
Advisors also offer assistance with career exploration and college planning through field trips, Skype interviews with academic experts, guest speakers, and contact with Canterbury High School college counselors and college admissions officers. College planning is a focal point of the YSA and begins on day one and continues until each young Scholar has been accepted into the college of his or her choice.
Young Scholars and their families communicate frequently with their educational advisors by phone, email and through visits at home.
The goal of the YSA is prepare students for the rigorous academic work they will discover at the college level. Working together as a team, each Young Scholar, parent or guardian, and the YSA educational advisor develop an Individual Learning Plan tailored to the Young Scholar's educational goals, talents and personal aspirations. The YSA will provide the academic support needed to ensure both college admission and college graduation. These services will include:
- Guidance in selecting an academically demanding and rigorous high school curriculum.
- Enrollment in a summer academic enrichment program.
- Assistance in securing learning technology.
- Assistance in securing support in fine arts, math, science or other areas of interest.
- Resources for career exploration and mentorship.
- College counseling and advising.
- Parent seminars.
This support begins in seventh grade and continues through high school graduation.
The Young Scholars Academy realizes that parents and guardians are in important part of the success of the program. The YSA director will make sure you are aware of activities and details of the academy. Parents will be asked to chaperone field trips and to help with duties at monthly education sessions.
Additionally, current parents and guardians are asked to help recruit students into the program and to be an active part of the Academy Parent Group.