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Summer Bridge Experience

36 days to a new way of learning!

2020 Application available here • 2020 Course Selection Form available here • Download 2020 brochure here

PLEASE NOTE NEW DATES: Sunday, July 12 – Saturday, August 15, 2020
Cost: $7,900, plus $125 refundable damage deposit (cost includes double occupancy residence hall room, all meals, and most activities)
Optional, 1-credit physical education courses are offered at an additional cost

Are you a bright and talented college student with a learning disability, ADHD, or autism? Do you study and work hard—but your grades do not show it? Do you find yourself falling further and further behind? This summer study with other bright and talented students who learn differently—students from a variety of colleges and universities around the country, as well as current Landmark College students, who will share their experiences and learning strategies as fellow classmates in credit courses.

Our Summer Bridge Experience features morning and afternoon classes, along with plenty of opportunities for fun activities, sports, recreation, and exploration of Vermont’s beautiful countryside.

What You Gain From a Summer at Landmark College:

Our years of experience with students who learn differently have shown that focusing, even for a short time, on how you learn can make a significant difference in your success in school.

We expect you to:

  • Gain an in-depth understanding of your learning differences and personal learning style
  • Advocate for your needs as a learner
  • Build learning strategies in the academic areas most difficult for you
  • Develop study skills that produce results
  • Develop skills in emerging assistive technology to advance your learning abilities
  • Learn to use the support and expertise of kind and caring professors and advisors
  • Identify ways to become more strategic in your approach to college

Faculty Support:

In addition to your classes, you’ll also participate in:

  • Regular weekly advising with one of LC’s professional advisors. Sessions will include such topics as self-reflection and self-advocacy, goal planning and setting, strategies for academic success, and identifying next steps for the future
  • One-on-one meetings with your faculty advisor to work on your areas of need
  • Visits to the College’s Center for Academic Support, a real hub in the learning process at LC. Staffed by College faculty, it offers support in reading, writing, study skills, and coursework
  • Opportunities with experienced librarians and educational technology staff

Summer in Putney, Vermont

The Summer Bridge Experience is offered on Landmark College’s rural campus in picturesque southern Vermont. The town of Putney is located just nine miles from historic Brattleboro, named one of the “Top 10 Small Art Towns in America.” Participants join current Landmark College students who will be taking college courses.

Financial Aid:

Financial aid is available and awarded upon acceptance. Financial aid applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis—please apply early.

Bridge Semester

Landmark College also offers a fall or spring Bridge Experience for visiting college students. Spending a semester at Landmark College gives students a boost to their learning strategies, skills, and self-knowledge, acting as a bridge to success when they return to their home college or transfer to another institution.

Track A—Developmental Track

Students electing Track A will take the required, Narrowing the Gap course and a writing class (described below). Students also have the option to take a single credit physical education elective.

REQUIRED COURSE:
Narrowing the Gap—Becoming A More Strategic College Student
This required, non-credit course is the key to Landmark College’s summer program, teaching students how to function better in school and improve everyday self-management. Through this structured, stimulating, and supportive course, you will learn strategies and resources for improving your executive function, working memory, study skills, and ability to meet commitments. You will become a self-advocate in identifying and experimenting with the kinds of support you need for success.

Developmental writing course:
Structure, Style, and Strategies—Demystifying Academic Writing
This course examines in detail the various factors that may have caused students to struggle with college writing, while taking a highly individual approach to the development of self-understanding and effective strategy use. Because most students in the course have had the experience of being diagnosed or labeled with some type of learning difference, the course uses self-understanding of learning differences and your social context as a focus for writing assignments. Students are expected to complete regular writing assignments inside and out of class to improve fluency, to engage in a variety of strategies for planning, generating, and organizing papers, and to complete several papers.

Track B—Combined Developmental and Credit Track;

Students in Track B will take the required non-credit Narrowing the Gap class and their choice of a single credit elective course from the options below.

REQUIRED COURSE for all summer bridge experience students:
Narrowing the Gap—Becoming A More Strategic College Student
This required, non-credit course is the key to Landmark College’s summer program, teaching visiting college students how to function better in school and improve everyday self-management. Through this structured, stimulating, and supportive course, you will learn strategies and resources for improving your executive function, working memory, study skills, and ability to meet commitments. You will become a self-advocate in identifying and experimenting with the kinds of support you need for success. The instructor for this course will serve as the student’s academic advisor for the duration of the five-week program.

RECOMMENDED for students looking for a credit level writing course:
WRT 1009 Special Topics: From Distraction to Production: Writing on demand and with purpose
Many strong writers struggle to begin writing, sustain writing, and complete writing. In this course, students will learn about composition theory and rhetoric, written output disorder, ADHD, and executive functioning as a framework for understanding their own writing profiles. An emphasis will be placed on the management of written output and the relationship between the ways we manage writing demands and how we learn. Students should expect to execute all stages of the writing process, intentionally identifying areas of strength and areas to improve. Every student will produce at least two essays that have been through the revision process.

Eligibility: Students must submit a syllabus and a writing sample from a college level writing course or comparable writing intensive course taken in the last academic year. Eligibility for the course will be reviewed by the Director of the Summer Bridge Experience program and the Chair of the Core Education department.

*This course fulfills an elective requirement and can be applied to any Landmark College graduation plan. Students who are looking to transfer these credits back to their home institutions should consult with their registrar.

Additional 2020 Credit Elective Course Options and Descriptions
All colleges don’t accept all transfer credits. Students intending to transfer credits back to their home institution are encouraged to identify the most suitable course with their home institution. Prerequisites may apply and your choice may be subject to approval. We strive to provide you with the courses you choose. However, enrollment is limited to 15 students per class to ensure a highly personalized learning experience. For this reason, classes are assigned on a first come, first-served basis, based on date of deposit.

Basic Daily Schedule, Monday through Friday

9 – 11:30 a.m.
In Class Session: Narrowing the Gap, OR Writing Course, OR Credit Elective

11:30 a.m. – 1:20 p.m.
Free Time (lunch, coursework, office hours, advisor meetings, etc.)

1:30 – 4 p.m.
In Class Session: Narrowing the Gap, OR Writing Course, OR Credit Elective

Afternoon & Evening
Optional PE courses meet twice a week for one hour and 15 minutes. Classes meet at various times, beginning at 4:30 p.m., with some courses beginning at 7 p.m.

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