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
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 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
Tyler Laminack, 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
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
Anthony Arend, International Affairs
Dr. Anthony Clark Arend is a professor of Government and Foreign Service at Georgetown University, director of the Master of Science in Foreign Service in the Walsh School of Foreign Service, and an adjunct professor of law at the Georgetown University Law Center. His teaching specialties are in the areas of international law, international organization, international relations, international legal philosophy, and constitutional law of United States foreign relations. Dr. Arend previously served as a senior fellow at the Center for National Security Law at the University of Virginia School of Law and an articles editor for the Virginia Journal of International Law. He co-founded the Institute for International Law & Politics at Georgetown and served as co-director of the Institute from 2003–2008.
Marcia Chatelain, From Slogan to Hashtag: Social Change in a Digital Age
Dr. Marcia Chatelain writes and teaches about African-American migration, women's and girls' history, and race and food. Dr. Chatelain was previously on the faculty of the University of Oklahoma's Joe C. and Carole Kerr McClendon Honors College and has served on the boards of the Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma and the University of Missouri's Student Affairs division. Dr. Chatelain is a member of the British Council's Transatlantic Network 2020, a 2000 Harry S. Truman Scholar, an alumna and honoree of the Sue Shear Institute for Women in Public Life, and a 2011 German Marshall Fund of the U.S. Fellow. In 2014, Dr. Chatelain created #fergusonsyllabus to encourage educators to discuss the national crisis in Ferguson, Missouri.
Eric Langenbacher, The Politics of Memorials
Dr. Eric Langenbacher is an associate teaching professor and director of Honors and Special Programs in the Department of Government at Georgetown University. Dr. Langenbacher studied in Canada before completing his Ph.D. in Georgetown’s Government Department in 2002. He has also taught at George Washington University and the Universidad Nacional de General San Martin, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and has given talks across the world in places such as Spain, Germany, the UK, China, and Qatar. He was named Faculty Member of the Year at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service in 2009. Dr. Langenbacher was also awarded a Fulbright grant in 1999 and received the Hopper Memorial Fellowship at Georgetown in 2000.