NASHVILLE, Tenn. - For many students, summer is filled with family vacations and trips to the pool. For 160 Metro students, it's almost like school never ended. They're enrolled in the Scholars Academy. The new program is part of Mayor Karl Dean's initiative to double the number of Metro students who graduate from college.
While school is officially over, class is in session at Maplewood High School
"It's boring at home. There's nothing to do," student Miguel Magadan explained. "And here there's more stuff to do."
Over the course of four weeks, students will take English and algebra classes and participate in other fun activities, including visiting a local college.
"That's how you move the ball forward in education. You do the extra work. You spend the extra time," Mayor Dean said.
In less than a week, students are already seeing the benefit.
"When you're in middle school -- your teacher tells you high school is going to be hard," student Andrea Babb said. "You get here and see what it's going to be like."
The benefits are both academic and social.
"You're going to meet new people, and when you get here during the summer and you see some of them and you're like, they're not all that mean," student Elizabeth Oldham realized. "They're nice."
The program helps ease common fears and smooth out a transition that could otherwise be difficult.
Transportation and lunch are provided for the students at no cost. It's paid for with city dollars and private donations. Program administrators will keep track of the students' grades throughout the school year to determine if the program is effective.
Cane Ridge, Glencliff and Pearl-Cohn high schools are also hosting the program. There's still space for more students. For more information call the Mayor's office at 615-862-6000.