Early College Scholars & Summer Academy

Early College Scholars

Early College Scholars is designed to guide students through the research, application, financial planning and matriculation process for college. This course is modeled after college level instructional practices, in an effort to best to prepare students for college level studies. Fall semester is dedicated to the college research and application process. This includes creating a list of ten appropriately challenging and diversified colleges/ universities for which to apply to and completing college applications by December. By the end of the semester students should be able to identify their prospective colleges' graduation rate, average "out of pocket" cost, type of college (state university, research university, liberal arts college) and average ACT/ GPA accepted.

Spring semester is dedicated to financial aid and financial planning. Students are guided through the FAFSA as well as private scholarship research. Spring semester is especially exciting as students receive their college acceptances and make their final decisions about where they will be matriculating to in the fall. Parents are a crucial part of the financial aid and decision process and are expected to play an active role in meeting deadlines and communicating with the college counselor, the student's advisor and the student about goals, questions and concerns they may have.

Gary Comer College Prep’s Early College Scholar course is a uniquely designed to assure students have all the resources and tools necessary to matriculate to and graduate from a four-year university/college. Proper preparation for the academic, financial, emotional and social demands of college is essential to realizing college graduation and opening the door of opportunity to all our students.

Summer Academy

Below is what Summer Academy looks like for the main Noble campus. At Gary Comer College Prep, we plan to begin an equally rigorous and enriching program.

We require all students to earn two enrichment credits in order to graduate. In order to help them accumulate these enrichment credits, we offer a robust Noble Street Summer Academy program. Since our inception, the summer school enrollment has averaged 50% of the student body. Summer classes are open to all students who choose to take classes and must be attended by students who have failed classes. The summer school meets for two 3-hour sessions over eight weeks. The programs offered are primarily reading and math courses, but occasionally science or social studies may be offered.

  • Noble Street has incorporated a new reading curriculum entitled Reading is FAME®. Boys town of Nebraska developed this curriculum for high school students reading below grade-level. The FAME program teaches four specific reading skills through each of its four classes – Foundations (fluency), Adventures (comprehension), Mastery (vocabulary), and Explorations (researching skills).
  • During the summer, the Noble Street Summer Academy typically offers two different reading classes, five levels of math, physical education, Russian, science, and three elective classes. Over 200 students enroll in the Summer Academy, of which more than 70% enroll for enrichment credit, not make-up credit. In addition, all incoming freshmen are tested in five different areas of reading (comprehension, fluency, spelling, vocabulary, and word recognition) and three different areas of math (pre-algebra, algebra, and geometry).
  • The Right Angle Foundation also sponsors many of our students to study at colleges across the country for 3 to 6 week periods during the summer. Students earn elective credits for enrolling and completing these summer study programs. Noble students have studied at colleges such as Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Georgetown, Cambridge, UCLA and Michigan.