Academic All-Star Camp


    Camp Overview

    The Academic All-Star Camp (AASC) began in the Summer of 2001. This summer, the camp will celebrate its 19th year of providing 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 courses.  District high school teachers with experience in teaching honors and advanced placement (AP) courses provide an interactive curriculum to 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 Growth Mindset as they engage in material designed to teach real-world applications of the subject area. 

    Participating students will also have access to ACT and SAT prep materials.  In GCS, both the ACT and SAT are administered to all high school students in their junior year.  The ACT is administered as a state assessment require. Whereas is the SAT is administered due to a district mandate.  During the AASC, students receive test taking strategies and tips from their focus area teacher.  The tips will help students learn how to strategize for future administrations of standardized assessments. 

    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. 

    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. For the AASC, transportation and lunch are provided. However, this decision is subject to change. Click here to read more about this enrichment opportunity.  We also invite you to view a video that was featured on GCSTV that highlights some of the 2019 AASC experiences (click here).


    2022 AASC Schedule:

    The AASC is held at two sites with each site having the capacity for approximately 100 students.  The 2022 schedule has not been finalized.  Stay tuned for updates.


    The Selection Process:

    The top 30 8th grade students from each of the school district’s middle schools are invited to participate based on their most recent End-of-Grade test scores.  In late January, the TAG Chair, at each middle school, will distribute a Save the Date notification to each student who is eligible for the camp.  The Save the Date notification includes information the family can follow to express their interest in their child’s invitation to participate in the camp.  Eligible families will also be notified via Connect Ed messaging and an email sent to the student’s GCS email.


    Student & Parent Testimonies from the 2018 Academic All-Star Camp:

    Each year, at the conclusion of AASC, we ask students and parents to provide us with feedback regarding their experience.  The data helps the AG Department to analyze the effectiveness of AASC and to make curriculum adjustments to better meet the needs of rising freshmen.  Over the past years, both students and parents have provided positive feedback regarding AASC as it relates to the goal of preparing these students for their transition to high school.  Over 90% of the students who attended the Academic All-Star Camp say that they would recommend the Camp to other students.  The images below reflect the some of the feedback we received from participants from the 2021 AASC:

    Student Testimonials 1


    More Student Testimonials

    Parent Testimonials


    For more information on the Academic All-Star Camp (AASC), please contact Dee Jordan, AG Supervisor, at (336) 370-8322 or


    For AASC Staff Only: 

    AASC Staff, click here to access the Triumph System.