The College Preparatory Program is offered on the following dates:
June 18 - July 7, 2017
The three-week College Preparatory Program offers students a dynamic learning experience rooted in academic achievement, personal growth, and cultural exploration. Students learn valuable test-taking techniques to prepare for the SATs, work closely with instructors to craft a compelling personal statement for college applications. Outside of class, students have the opportunity to enjoy the full Georgetown experience through social activities, weekend excursions, and campus events.
Core Topics Covered*
Experience college life at Georgetown
Prepare for the SAT test and participate in two practice SAT tests
Improve test-taking skills and study skills
Learn how to determine which college is the right fit
Strengthen writing and math skills by working with Georgetown instructors
Gain exposure to a diverse student population
Visit colleges and universities in the D.C. area
Students in The College Prep Program are exposed to five subject areas: English, math, study skills, SAT test preparation, and intellectual discovery. For each area of study, students work one-on-one with their instructors, who provide constructive feedback throughout the program to evaluate students’ progress and help them improve their skills. The program also introduces students to the college search process, providing guidance and instruction on how to find the right school and how to master the college application process.
Working directly with Georgetown English instructors, students advance their writing capabilities while refining both their style and technique. Upon completion of the program, students leave with a compelling personal essay to use for their college applications.
Georgetown's math instructors provide focused attention to significantly advance students’ algebra and pre-calculus competencies while preparing them for the challenges of college-level math.
Students develop the skills and techniques they need to streamline their study habits, improve their aptitude for recalling facts during exams, and learn how to focus on key information during classroom lectures.
These comprehensive test preparation classes provide students with a personalized academic plan, individualized score reports, and detailed examination essay critiques. The courses are designed to prepare students for the SAT test. We recommend that College Prep students take the SAT in the fall, as our instruction focuses more heavily on the content, format, and scoring structure of the test. At the end of the program, students have the opportunity to take home tools they can use to continue their test preparation efforts. Students will have about six late afternoon early evening SAT Prep class over the course of the program.
LaFarge Lecture Series
The LaFarge Lecture Series, designed exclusively for the College Prep Program, provides students with the unique opportunity to attend engaging undergraduate seminars conducted by some of Georgetown University's most distinguished faculty and scholars. Covering a wide range of topics, from Shakespeare to international relations, these lectures are designed to increase students' awareness of contemporary moral issues, heighten their cultural appreciation for art and literature, and expand their worldview.
7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Breakfast**
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Class 1 - Math
10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Break**
10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Class 2 - English
12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch**
1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Class 3 - Study Skills/SAT Prep
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. During this time there may be some mandatory academic programs scheduled. When academic programming is not scheduled students may choose to study, work on group projects, homework, optional free time, or take part in organized enrichment activities such as: local college tours, intramural sports, workshops like time management, or guided cultural exploration of the city. Students will receive a detailed schedule on the first day of check-in.
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Dinner**
7:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. Residential Living Supervision and Activities
Students are typically engaged in academic programming from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with free time and optional residential living activities until curfew. Students arrive and check-in on Sunday and depart on the last Friday of the program.
*Core topics and sample day are subject to change.
**Tuition includes 19 meals per week. Monday-Friday students attend Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. On the weekends students attend Brunch and Dinner.
Mónica Vallin, Academic Director
Mónica Vallin is a PhD candidate in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Georgetown University. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Studies and a Master of Arts in Spanish. She also holds a Master of Philosophy in Latin American and Iberian Cultures from Columbia University.
Prior to attending Georgetown, Mónica worked as a Spanish and Literature teacher at private schools in New York and Virginia, where she taught AP Spanish Literature, Spanish Honors, Conversation & Composition courses and Alternative Learning Modules that focused on culture and cuisine.
Her research interests include the Colonial Period in Mexico and the Andes, the discourses of identity and popular culture in Latin America, as well as cultural and food studies. She is currently writing a dissertation entitled “De gustibus meis non est disputandum: Taste, Cuisine and the Construction of Colonial Social Framework in Mexico and the Andes.”