The Academic All-Star Camp (AASC) began in the summer of 2001. The camp provides an opportunity for rising high school freshmen to participate in activities that prepare them for a successful transition to high school. During the camp, students engage in hands-on, problem-based learning experiences designed to equip them with the skills needed for honors and advanced placement (AP) courses. District high school teachers with experience in teaching honors and AP courses provide an interactive curriculum for students in their selected focus area (reading, math, science, or social students). Students are encouraged to select the focus area that is not necessarily their favorite subject, but is the subject for which they know they will have the opportunity to use a Learner’s Mindset, as they engage in material designed to teach real-world applications of the subject area.
Participating students will also have the opportunity to participate in teacher-designed test preparation sessions that will help them understand the national assessments that provide information on a student’s college and career readiness. These assessments include Advanced Placement® Exams, the ACT®, the PSAT/NMQT® as well as the SAT®. During the AASC, students receive test-taking strategies and tips for each focus area (reading, math, science, and social studies). The tips will help students learn how to strategize for future administration of standardized assessments. Additionally, our AASC teachers share information about the potential use of these exams for college credit.
The camp also includes leadership development activities that will help students develop the self-advocacy and executive functioning skills needed for school success. These activities are typically taught as team competitions where students work collaboratively to solve challenges that encourage school success. Most of our leadership curriculum is facilitated by our camp counselors, who are a vital part of the student’s camp experience.
All students who accept the invitation to participate in the AASC must be able to attend Monday – Thursday for the entire camp session, which runs for 3 weeks. Exceptions will be made for students who may need to miss a few days in order to attend freshmen orientation at their assigned GCS high school. For the AASC, transportation and lunch are provided; however, depending on district decisions, this is subject to change. Click here to read more about this enrichment opportunity.
The Selection and Notification Process
The top 10% of each GCS middle school’s 8th grade class are invited to participate. Students are selected based on the Grade 7 administration of the NC End-of-Grade Reading and Math assessments. In late winter, the TAG Chair, at each middle school will distribute a notification letter to each student who is eligible for the camp. The notification document will include the information parents/guardians need to register their child for the camp experience. In addition to the notification letter, the AG Department will provide Connect Ed messages informing families of their child’s eligibility to participate in the AASC. Upon registration, the AG Department sends weekly updates regarding receipt of the student’s registration. However, final camp decisions, such as assigned camp location and assigned focus area, are not communicated until approximately two weeks following the registration deadline.
2023 AASC Schedule
The AASC is held at two sites with each site having the capacity for approximately 100 students. For 2023, the camp hours are 9:00am – 1:30pm. The camp will be held Monday – Thursday during the following weeks (students are expected to attend all three weeks):
- June 26 – 29
- July 10 – 13
- July 17 – 20
For the Summer 2023 AASC, the registration deadline is April 24, 2023. The registration link was provided in the notification letter sent home by the school. The AG Department will conduct a cross reference with all registrations received for those who were recognized as the top 10% of their class. Questions about the AASC should be sent to email@example.com.
According to feedback received from previous campers, over 90% of the students who attended the Academic All-Star Camp say that they would recommend the camp to other students. Below is an infographic that captures testimonials from previous campers and parents/guardians.
For more information on the Academic All-Star Camp (AASC), please contact Dee Jordan, AG Supervisor, at (336) 370-8322 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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