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Preparing Students for College Success (Denver)

Entrance sign at Johnson & Wales University, Denver Campus

Landmark College (LC) is partnering with Johnson & Wales University (JWU) to offer a unique summer program for high school students that focuses on Executive Function (EF) skills development. The program has an optional Workshop for Parents.

2020 Application available here • Download 2020 brochure here

Elective Course Selection Form available soon

Program Dates: July 12 – August 1, 2020
Program Cost: $5,630.00 (tuition, room, and board)
Parent Workshop: July 12, 2020 Cost: $150.00 per person. Sign up here.

This program is designed for rising high school juniors and seniors who have strong academic potential and whose challenges with executive function affects their performance in high school. Parents will also benefit from the opportunity to better understand their student’s needs regarding college readiness.

Student Program:
A common challenge among high school students is deployment of EF skills: focus, organization, planning, initiation of tasks, and self-monitoring. Traditional colleges are not always engineered to manage EF challenges. The LC/JWU Summer Program is an integrated approach to student learning designed to provide students with a sampling of the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) teaching model and other pedagogies that promote accessibility used in the classroom. During the program, students will preview what to expect in college.

In the program, students will take two skill development courses; Learning Strategies and Building Confidence for Writers. These courses are designed to strengthen their writing process, understand their learning strengths and challenges, integrate academic strategies and practices, and develop better habits for academic success. They also select an additional elective.

Afternoon recreational activities and weekend excursions balance the program and allow students to learn to navigate independently in a variety of non-academic settings.

Parent Workshop:
A unique feature of the program is the Workshop for Parents. This workshop, taught by Landmark College faculty, is based upon the Four Domains of Learning, a recognized framework that helps students overcome barriers to learning. Parents will gain an understanding of the areas in which their students need to build strengths in order to succeed academically:

  • Self-regulation
  • Motivation
  • Academic skills
  • Social-emotional influences

The LC teaching model addresses issues such as time management, organization, establishment of goals, and clarity of purpose to impact students’ capacity to learn. Parents will come away from this workshop able to communicate better with their students about classroom struggles and successes; and with fewer frustrations, because they will better understand which questions to ask in order to foster success in their students.
Parents, please sign up here for the workshop.

Financial Aid is available and awarded upon acceptance. Financial aid applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. We encourage parents to submit an application as early as possible.

  • Core Courses

    Learning Strategies Seminar:

    This class orients students to elements of goal setting, organization of time, materials, project planning, strategic learning, self-advocacy, and meta-cognition through a highly interactive hands-on curriculum. Students will be encouraged to consider their own learning styles and diagnosis as they study brain based research about learning. The use of technology will be discussed, and the skills of active reading, note-taking, test-taking, and summary writing will be introduced. Students will practice these skills and make an oral presentation focusing on their learning profile.

    Building Confidence as Writers:

    For many people, producing writing on a deadline is a challenge. This course is designed for students who find it difficult to generate effective writing in an academic setting in spite of their honest efforts to do so. By focusing on structure, process, and self-understanding, students can develop strategies and approaches to increase their success. High interest topics and assignments are designed to engage students and to encourage them to find meaningful connections to their writing.

  • Electives

    Providing students with opportunities to apply what they are learning in more conventional academic offerings. Course content is intentionally varied. These courses are true electives, and students are encouraged to enroll in a course that may not ordinarily be available in a typical high school curriculum.

    Specific course titles and descriptions coming soon.

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