Scholars set goals to maximize their potential with the assistance of advisers who help at every stage of planning to reach goals and enable personal development. The personal development areas include the following:
- Progress Monitoring Meeting
- Extra-curricular Activity
- Character Education
- Weekend Enrichment Program
- Individual Test Practice / Tutoring
Progress Monitoring Meeting
Advisers meet with their scholars on a regular basis to update the previous week(s)’ records of what the scholars have completed. Advisers should give scholars new goals for the upcoming weeks/month and plan future activities. There should be at least one week between two progress monitoring meetings; this can be conducted on an individual and/or group basis after school. Scholars cannot perform their progress monitoring with other advisers. A progress monitoring meeting should be at least 45 minutes if it is a group meeting.
- A group meeting at school.
- A group meeting out of school such as at a public library, McDonalds, Starbucks, etc.
- An individual meeting in school, during lunch, after school, or on weekends.
- An individual meeting during scholar’s home visit with his/her parent(s).
Scholars can participate in any extra-curricular activities (Robotics, Math or Science Olympics, Spoken Word, Spelling Bee, Basketball Team…) as well as weekly clubs that are offered by the school. These activities can be school or community related team work and, should be led by a coach, teacher or supervisor.
- Language Club, Dance Club, NHS Club
- STEM Team, Robotics Team, Soccer Team
- Basketball player at any private team, club or society.
Character education is a teaching method which fosters the development of ethical and responsible individuals by teaching them about the good values that people should have. It teaches the students the values of caring about other people, honesty, responsibility, and other important traits that make for an upstanding young adult.
We will provide basic character education lessons and a task list for advisers. Advisers should discuss provided character education topics with their scholars and assign them proper tasks to complete or write a reflection about the topic.
A character education task/reflection with proof of completion.
Students are to engage in selecting books that are at the student’s appropriate reading level. A list of suggested books is provided to the students that they can choose to read. They can also read books that are required in English Language Arts class. The student will read the book and then complete a book report or they can provide an Accelerated Reader (AR) test score.
- Completed book from provided CYSP book list with AR test score (min. 80%).
- A book completion for English class with a proof of reading approved by class teacher.
Weekend Enrichment Program
The program requires weekend enrichment program for the 5th to 11th grades. Silver level candidates must attend eight days and Gold level candidates must attend twelve days. Weekend enrichment program is optional for bronze level students, but those students are more than welcome to attend. Weekend enrichment program can be organized by the school coordinator for the CYSP program or it can be organized by individual advisers. Weekend enrichment program should be 2 hours long in the middle school level and 3 hours long in the high school level. If scholars attend weekend enrichment programs outside of school, they must show proper verification.
Weekend Enrichment Programs have to be completed on Saturdays or Sundays!!!
*** Weekday programs(Monday – Friday) can not be considered as a WEP***
- Saturday school organized by the school administration or school coordinator.
- Advance study course organized by an outside institution during weekends (proof is required)
- Advance study course provided by individual advisers during weekends.
- Weekend Robotics, Science Fair or Language Contest prep in a group with teacher.
- Any sport club activities which are lead by a designated coach or adviser.
Individual Test Practice/Tutoring:
Scholars who attend regular after school tutoring for any subject can earn hours toward this goal. Advisers must keep up with in-school and out of school test prep progress. Tutoring sessions should at least be 40 minutes in length. If out of school tutoring is done, scholars must show proper verification.
- All work should be out of class time !!! (after school, before school, during lunch break, weekend)
- In-school and out of school individual tutoring with provided documentation.
- Outside tutoring – Kumon, Public library, Community organization etc.
- Tutoring sessions will also be offered during overnight (lock-in) activities.
- Individual test prep from an outside institution
- After school tutoring for any subject.
- Complete individual test prep at home.
- Test practice during overnight and camp activities
- Test prep and tutoring which continue after the compulsory Weekend Enrichment Program hours may also be counted (WEP for Middle Schools: 2 hours minimum, High School: 3 hours minimum).
- Workbook pages or packets given by adviser.
- Test prep websites such as Khan Academy, Measuring up, Study Island, IXL etc. Please check student’s study time frames and duration.
College and Career Readiness
Students in 12th grade will need to complete College and Career Readiness activities throughout the year. College and career readiness has become a major focus in American education. CYSP programs can provide more opportunities for students to learn about college and career options, explore these options through hands-on activities, and learn the skills required to be college and career ready.
- College Fair, FAFSA Nights, Senior Nights, Alumni Dinners.
- Senior-Alumni Picnics, Senior-Alumni Trips.
- Luncheon with Admin
College / Scholarship Applications
Scholars in 12th grade need to work closely with their college guidance counselor to reach College / Scholarship Application goals. In the climate of competitive admission, students need college guidance counselor’s help finalizing their lists of colleges they plan to apply. There is no magic number, but five to eight applications are usually recommended to ensure that a student is accepted into a suitable institution.
- College application meeting with college counselor.
- Scholarship application meeting with college counselor.