College Team Program and Initiatives
Early College Scholars (ECS): Small cohort of scholars 9th through 11th grade selected based on academic merit and test score data. Scholars are ranked in the top ten percent of their grade levels and invited to join the ECS program. This program focuses on helping scholars be admitted to and be prepared for the most selective colleges across the country. This program provides scholarship opportunities, college field trips, sessions with guest speakers, and test preparation in a small group.
Summer Learning Adventure (SLA): Competitive summer program that includes internships, dual enrollment classes, summer camp enrichment programs, and community service opportunities. Scholars are selected for this program based on grade point average, or nominated by a teacher if grade point average is below a 3.0. Scholars undergo and interview process and are then directed towards varying opportunities and assisted through the application process. Opportunities that scholars have experienced so far are, Quicken Loans summer internship, Michigan State University College of Education Summer High School Scholars Program, University of Michigan Ann Arbor Electrify Summer Program, Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science Program (MITES), Alma College Summer Program, and Ferris State University Woodbridge Promise College Prep Program.
Winning Futures: Keys to College is an eight session program that serves junior scholars in weekly one-hour sessions. The program facilitator works alongside the Dean of the College program to provide juniors with the tools to navigate and understand the college application process and preparation. Topics of the sessions include but are not limited to Finding your Strengths, Choosing the Right Fit, Applying for College, Writing the College Essay and Paying for College. This program takes place during first semester and is built into their Friday schedule classes.
Princeton Review: This test program serves junior scholars whose pre test scores demonstrate the student’s ability to grow on the SAT test. Scholars begin this course during second semester and participate in test preparation and mock test environments to get them ready for the SAT test junior year. Scholars’ schedules are adjusted to accommodate the SAT Prep class.
Senior Seminar: This class serves the senior scholars and provides them with exploration of post-secondary education and employment goals. Scholars develop and complete resumes, personal statements for college admissions, applications for college admissions and required to complete the financial aid process for matriculation into college. Scholars are assigned a case manager from the college team that monitors and tracks all of their applications, decisions, and award letters. Scholars are required to complete scholarships per quarter and parents are required to attend a minimum of 4 parent meetings throughout the school year.
Paying 0 for College Program: Families are offered counseling services in partnership with College Funding Resources to learn how to fund 100% of the cost of college regardless of income, GPA, or multiple students in college. Tuition Reduction Strategies are shared with scholars and their families and are allowed to work one on one with a certified college financial planner. For session inquiries contact Mrs. Brooks (313) 748-4071 to connect with the program.
College Field Trips: College field trips are led by both the College Team and teaching staff. Each grade level 9th-12th, is taken on at least one college campus field trip each school year. Scholars take walking tours, meet with financial aid representatives, and scholars on campus. If alumni from Voyageur are current students on a college campus that we visit, tours are set up specifically with them for current students to meet and greet and ask questions.
College Fairs: College Fairs take place all around the Metro Detroit Area. Fairs that we attend every year include but are not limited to Greater Grace College and Career Expo, Infinite Scholars Scholarship College Fair, Southeast Michigan Charter School College Fair, and Metro Detroit National College Fair. Scholars receive assignments prior to the college fair to help them navigate the room. They are also required to introduce themselves to the presenters or college admissions reps, the school they attend, and the grade level they are in. When appropriate, scholars will bring resumes, applications, and any other documents needed by admissions counselors.