Precollege OPTIONS

Precollege OPTIONS

Education Outreach and Partnerships in the School of Education provides educational experiences to a broad range of diverse students. Through innovative and culturally relevant academic programming, Precollege OPTIONS supports each student’s needs, enriches the learning experience, nurtures success and motivates students to pursue post-secondary education.

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College for Kids is an active learning experience in partnership with area school districts that aims to develop and challenge the gifts and talents of rising 6th grade students, and has been developed as an academic enrichment experience for highly motivated students. This three-week summer program includes courses, demonstrations, tours and discussions in a wide variety of academic areas.

College for Kids II builds on the success of the middle school years as students transition into high school. This one-week program takes place on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. Rising 9th-grade students will choose one academic area of study for the week with additional exposure to other academic areas and college preparation. Presentations, discussions, and tours expose students to the college experience.

Movin’ Minds exposes students to a challenging academic course of their choice while also promoting healthy bodies and healthy minds. This Precollege OPTIONS program includes special presentations on motivation, leadership, nutrition, healthy lifestyles and how to achieve one’s personal best. Participants have the opportunity to discover new areas of interest and career options while learning the best way to stay healthy and fit.

Saturday Enrichment Program provides a student-centered environment to explore a wide range of interests and new academic areas to empower students to ask and learn about career options, interests and choices during the academic year. Middle and high school students engage in courses that integrate science, technology, engineering, arts and math.

The Latino Youth Summit: On My Way to College provides cultural development activities and in-depth academic workshops to prepare Latino youth for high school and college. Culturally relevant programming encourages students to consider their personal responsibility as an important step for finishing high school and pursuing a college degree.

Technology & Arts integrates technology and the arts, with exploration in the areas of architecture, performance, visual arts, digital photography, computer design, and more. Middle school students participate in multi-disciplinary courses that encourage students to explore college and career options.

Photo courtesy of College for Kids staff.