Prep Advantage is a four-year (plus, as it starts prior to freshman year!), preventative academic support program whose goal is to empower young men who have drive and work ethic but whose ability may not be best illustrated by HSPT scores. Prep Advantage offers the chance to benefit from and thrive in all the amazing components of a Prep education.
Using a number of targeted strategies and resources, the Learning Services Team supports and encourages students in the Prep Advantage program to rise to the various challenges they may encounter during their Prep experience. For freshmen in particular the following major structures are in place:
- Pre-9th Prep Program. A four-week intensive academic program in the summer before freshman year officially begins. Students take four academic classes (English, Mathematics, Science, and Latin) over four weeks, form lasting friendships, and familiarize themselves both with the campus and the academic demands of the Prep.
- A year-long, cohort-based course and one-on-one meetings with academic counselors give students the skills and opportunities they need to find sustainable success. The typical freshman course load is slightly alleviated by delaying the world language component of the school’s curriculum until the sophomore year. In its stead, students in the program take a study skills and executive functioning course in the way of Freshman Advantage. There, students benefit not only from explicit instruction but from regular meetings and check-ins with various Learning Services members acting in the capacity of academic advisors and instructors.
Beyond the freshman year, students in Prep Advantage continue to meet with the Learning Services Team, once or twice a week in a group setting as well as additional one-on-one meetings as needed. Knowing that sophomores are still, in many ways, continuing to adjust and adapt to the Prep, students in their second year in the program receive their own group meeting time while juniors and seniors have their own distinct support spaces within, and outside of, community hour as well.