Introducing Our Summer Cohort
The Focus Collegiate Summer Cohort is a college readiness experience for students who need extra support before they land on campus in the fall.
Students entering college are headed to a new world of opportunities. Our summer experience prepares them for that adventure. While building academic, life, and independent living skills, our Summer Cohort provides an introduction to Boston and residential college life in a comprehensive four-week format.
The Focus Collegiate Summer Cohort supports students with learning differences or complex learning profiles as they make a smooth transition to college.
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 self-directed learning strategies. Students 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.
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 academic supports available at each student’s school.
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.
Boston Back Bay
Cohort students reside in a private dormitory in the exclusive Back Bay neighborhood on Beacon Street 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. 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-based activities.