Introducing Our Summer Cohort
The Focus Collegiate Summer Cohort is an in-person college readiness experience for students who need extra support before they land on their campus.
Students entering college are headed to a new world of opportunities. Our summer experience prepares them for that adventure. While building academic independence, life and independent living skills, our Summer Cohort provides a bridge to college life in a comprehensive three-week format regardless of which campus our students are attending in the fall.
The Focus Collegiate Summer Cohort supports students with learning differences or complex learning profiles as they make a smooth transition to college.
Academic Independence Skills
Our students participate in interdisciplinary classes intentionally designed to assess and enrich their existing skills. Coursework includes Study Skills, Test-taking Strategies, and College Readiness. We do simulated group projects and practice group and individual class participation. Students also learn peer editing techniques, how to do a presentation, and lecture class survival strategies.
Students work independently on coursework, while also receiving instruction in note-taking and methods for exploring the incredible collections and research available at the Boston Public Library both in-person and remotely. We also address the mastery of course management systems, digital literacy, and self-directed learning environments that are becoming increasingly common on college campuses. All this in service to becoming an independent learner!
College is more than just academics; It’s a major life transition! Cohort students are introduced to vital skills for a smooth transition to independent college life. We tackle budgeting, procrastination, peer pressure, emotional regulation, cognitive flexibility, and social integration.
Students also learn how to develop their own support system at college including: Where to go for academic help, how to address healthcare issues, and how to master stress management.
We focus on executive functioning skills such as time management, planning, and task prioritization, and offer One-on-One advising to preview and engage the supports available at each student’s school that they will be attending in the fall.
As we build on existing strengths, Cohort students gain self-awareness and develop the self-advocacy necessary to maintain the sustainable, healthy routines required for the rigor of college life. For our students who are continuing on with us in the fall, this is an opportunity to get a jump on developing our relationships and assessing skills through the Intentional Change Theory construct. This ensures a seamless transition to fall support. All students get an introduction to career exploration through our relationship with the PathwayU platform.
Boston Back Bay
Summer Cohort students live in a private dormitory in the exclusive Back Bay neighborhood on Beacon Street in Boston where they learn to thrive. Harbor cruises, bike excursions, Charles River Kayaking, and city tours acquaint students with the liveliness of Boston as we navigate local trains, busses, ferries, and experience local cuisine, culture, sports, and music.
Our students will also have the opportunity to round out their Boston experience and develop their perspective-taking skills by engaging in a variety of service and socially based activities. Our students will also participate in structured self-directed activities and re-join the group for hang-out time, study hall, and office hours, just like when they will be in College with us. Everyone will be engaged for the majority of the day in a simulated collegiate experience and have fun while doing it!