The Administration and Lyceum Directors of Pierce – The American College of Greece are pleased to announce our two summer school programs for 2019:
- the Phillips Exeter Academy (PEA) Summer School and
the University of Delaware’s Edge Summer College Program.
These two programs are very different summer school programs in both their academic program and student-life experiences. The Edge summer program is a four week university-level program preparing high school students for a future as a successful university student.
Each of these programs is open for students who are currently (2018-2019 school year) Lyceum A, B or IB1 students and meet the admissions requirements for the program of choice they wish to apply to. Because each program is different in its academic offerings, student experience and setting, we are allowing families to only apply to one program of their choice. We will not accept applications from a student for both programs.
University of Delaware’s Edge Summer College Program
We offer the opportunity for three students to attend the University of Delaware Edge Summer School Program in Newark, Delaware, USA on full scholarship, thanks to the generous assistance of the American College of Greece. This is the second year Pierce has offered this program for its students. The scholarship covers full tuition for the two courses, housing in the residence hall, a daily meal plan (including breakfast and dinner), UD library privileges, lab fees, and all group recreational costs. It does not include the roundtrip airfare, visa costs, academic books, any other meals or spending money. The cost estimate for this is roughly 1,500 USD for each student.
The UD Edge summer school program is for students who wish to be in an academically rigorous university preparation program. From mid-July to mid-August the students will: Live in a residence hall located on UD’s Newark campus; take two college-level courses of the student’s choice based upon the UD summer offering; and participate in social and cultural educational activities.
The three-credit courses meet Monday through Friday for 90 minutes. Science and some math courses will have additional lab times as well. The UD Edge program strongly suggests that its participants spend two to three hours preparing (studying, reviewing daily notes, reading texts, etc.) for every hour spent in class. The objective selection process is comprised of the following steps:
- Presentation by Past Delawarians
- Submission of Application
- Announcement of Interview Candidates
- Interview Week
- Finalists announced at end of the round of interviews
In the initial stage, students are presented with the Edge Summer School experience by previous Pierce attendees. The candidates are then requested to declare their interest as candidates with the submission of the completed application form, their written personal statement, a recent photo, and a graded English paper. The personal statement should be written by the student and be the authentic voice of the student. These documents are then reviewed in preparation for an interview of the candidate conducted by a committee of five members. The Committee will evaluate each candidate in the areas of maturity, self-confidence, responsibility, leadership, interest and interaction with his/her classmates. The committee will select students based on the following criteria:
- Academic aptitude to meet the high demands of the UD program. The Grade Average of the 1st term: at least 19 (for A, B Lyceum students) or 38 (for IB1 students).
- Excellent knowledge of the English language.
- Conduct and behavior in Pierce.
- Consistent participation with academic distinctions in a variety of in-school activities, conferences, academic competitions, and workshops.
- Serving in leadership roles and other positions of responsibility.
- Adaptability to new surroundings and activities.
- Demonstrate in the interview how they will be able to respond to and participate in demanding university level activities.
For both programs it is expected that all deadlines and requirements are met by the applicants, failure to do so may result in the disqualification of the applicant. At the end of this process all candidates are provided with feedback on their performance in the interview and areas for improvement are suggested. We strongly believe that this process focuses upon the acquisition of skills which are beneficial in both their student life as well as their personal life.
For more information please visit https://www.udel.edu/apply/undergraduate-admissions/precollege-programs/edge/