Introducing Our Summer Cohort

The Focus Collegiate Summer Cohort is a college readiness experience (in-person or virtually) for students who need extra support before they land on campus.

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 a bridge to 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. Given all the uncertainties in this moment in time, we created an environment that accommodates both in-person and virtual participation seamlessly. Now we are together all across the country.

JULY 18-AUGUST 15, 2020
BOSTON, MA (And now Virtually!)

Fall Focus Collegiate Students: $6,000
Non-Focus Collegiate Students: $6,500

Virtual Summer Cohort: $3,000

Academic 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 virtually. We also address the mastery of course management systems, digital literacy, and self-directed learning environments that are becoming increasingly common on college campuses.

Life Skills


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 have combined our in-person Cohort with our virtual one to make for a comprehensive experience wherever the student is!

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 or after their gap year.

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 so we have a seamless transition to fall support.

Boston Back Bay


Residential Cohort students live in a private dormitory in the exclusive Back Bay neighborhood on Beacon Street where they learn to thrive (or they come in Virtually from wherever they are!). 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.

In-person 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. Virtual students will stay engaged with the group while still participating through structured self-directed activities wherever they are and re-join the group for hang-out time, virtual study hall, and virtual office hours. Everyone will be engaged for the majority of the day in a simulated collegiate experience and have fun while doing it!

See a sample of a day in the life of a Summer Cohort Student by clicking here