Summer Programs for High School Students

College Preparatory Program

CLPP004 College Preparatory

Course Details

The College Prep Program is offered June 26 - July 16, 2016.

The three-week College Prep 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, and engage with admissions advisors through workshops and college tours in the D.C. area. Outside of class, students have the opportunity to enjoy the full Georgetown experience through social activities, weekend excursions, campus events, and cultural outings around the city. 

Students completing this program will:

•    Experience college life at Georgetown

•    Prepare for the SAT test

•    Improve test-taking skills and study skills

•    Learn how to determine which college is the right fit

•    Receive regular feedback and evaluations from Georgetown faculty

•    Gain exposure to a diverse student population

•    Visit colleges and universities in the D.C. area

Program Format

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.

Subject Areas

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.

Study Skills
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.

SAT Prep
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 both the current and new versions of the SAT test (the new version will debut in March 2016). We recommend that College Prep students take the current SAT in the fall, as our instruction focuses more heavily on the content, format, and scoring structure of the current test; however, if students decide to take the new version of the test, they will equally benefit from all topics addressed in these courses. At the end of the program, students have the opportunity to take home tools they can use to continue their test preparation efforts.

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. 

Sample Day Schedule*  
7:00-9:00 a.m. Breakfast in the Dining Hall
9:00-10:30 a.m. Class 1 - Study Skills
10:30-10:45 a.m. Break
10:45-12:15 a.m. Class 2 - English
12:15-1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30-3:30 p.m. Lecture--Mathematics
3:30-4:45 p.m. Supervised Campus Activities
4:45-6:00 p.m. Dinner in the Dining Hall
6:00-8:00 p.m. SAT Prep

*Schedule is subject to change

Faculty Biographies

Tyler Laminack, Academic Director 

Chris Orlando, Georgetown College Prep Academic Director

Tyler Laminack graduated summa cum laude from Appalachian State University in 2012 with a B.A. in both English and Sustainable Development. He earned departmental honors with his thesis on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dreamand the interplay between individuation and the ecological self. After graduating, he joined Teach For America where he worked for two years at Christian Fenger Academy High School, teaching creative writing, speech, and college preparation to high school juniors and seniors. While at Fenger, he was named the Rookie Teacher of the Year for 2013. He also became an advocate of their restorative justice program, developing curricula that promoted the practices of peace and discovery in the face of contemporary issues. He is currently finishing his M.A. in English at Georgetown University where he is the Graduate Associate for the Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice. 

As an educator, he is most interested in cultivating a passion for discovery and openness and imparting a deep respect for the world.  As a scholar and citizen, his interests include contemporary and twentieth century literature, film, art as assertive force, Black Mountain College, comedy, and improvisation.

Dr. Rebecca Boylan, Curriculum Advisor

Dr. Rebecca Boylan, Georgetown College Prep Curriculum Advisor Rebecca Boylan has been teaching in Georgetown University's English Department since Fall 2006. She taught in George Washington University's English and Honors Departments from 2002–07 and resumed as Honors Core Faculty in Fall 2008 through the present.

As a teacher, her main goal is to encourage and mentor students to find ways to intellectually imagine and articulate critical thinking questions and responses to the ideas in the works we study. As a scholar, she most enjoys exploring ways the imagistic language of a particular writer illuminates a nuanced truth of human nature, from how/why we know, desire, and fear to how/why we express, re-create, refine or destroy who we are. 

Rebecca earned her B.A. from Carleton College, her M.A.T. from The University of Chicago, and her Ph.D. from George Washington University. 

LaFarge Lecture Series Faculty

Katherine Marshall- Topic: Development Conflict & Religion 

Katherine Marshall has worked for four decades in international development, focusing on the world’s poorest countries. She is a senior fellow at Georgetown’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs and Professor in the Practice in the School of Foreign Service. In addition to teaching that focuses on ethical dimensions of international development, she is engaged in various research projects on ways in which religious beliefs, institutions, and leaders affect international development. She is  executive director of the World Faiths Development Dialogue, an NGO born in the World Bank whose mission is to bridge the gulfs that separate the worlds of development and religion. She spent a large part of her career at the World Bank, in many leadership assignments focused on Africa, Latin America, and East Asia. From 2000 – 2006, she was counselor to the Bank’s president on ethics, values, and faith in development. She holds various board positions currently including the World Bank Community Connections Fund, AVINA Americas, the Opus Prize Foundation, and the Washington National Cathedral Foundation and served recently as a Trustee of Princeton University. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is a visiting professor at the University of Cambodia. She is the author of several books and many articles, most recently Global Institutions of Religion: Ancient Movers, Modern Shakers, published by Routledge in 2013. She writes regularly for the Huffington Post.


Terrence L. Johnson - Topic: Your voice matters: college essay writing and the transition from a student to scholar

Terrence L. Johnson is an associate professor of Religion and African American Studies at Georgetown University, as well as a faculty fellow at the Berkley Center. His research interests include ethics, political theory, African American religions, and religion and public life. He previously was an assistant professor of Religion at Haverford College from 2008 to 2013; Johnson also worked at Harvard University from 1999 to 2001 as a proctor. He is the author of Tragic Soul-Life: W.E.B. Du Bois and the Moral Crisis Facing American Democracy (2012); his current book project addresses the impact of the American jeremiad on US political discourse. Johnson holds a B.A. from Morehouse College, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a Ph.D. from Brown University.

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