This is part of a series of blogs from Noble campus representatives to give a deeper look at campus life.
It’s that time of year when the weather is cold and dreary, when our seniors are pushing through their last few months till they graduate, and when our sophomores are thinking more than ever about college. So, in other terms, it’s a perfect time to talk about summer and college – or Noble Schools’ Summer of A Lifetime (SOL) program!
If you haven’t heard of it, the Summer of a Lifetime program supports hundreds of high-achieving, low-income students from across Noble to participate in summer academic enrichment programs at colleges and universities nationwide. This program is proven to forever influence the trajectory of our students’ lives.
Our data show that Summer of A Lifetime alumni are graduating college at a 60% higher rate than the national average of all Americans, and 5X the rate of low-income students nationally. For many students who take part, the SOL experience is full of “firsts,” and as a result, they return with a deeper understanding of who they are, as well as more confidence and focus to thrive in high school and get ready for college. For both the student and their family, the experience of attending college becomes a reality rather than simply a concept. After their SOL experience, participants are asking themselves “when” rather than “if” they will attend college.
At Pritzker College Prep, we just finished the SOL application process for this year. Our next step is to go through the applications and match our sophomores to a school/program based on their career interests. Noble fundraises all the money needed to send our students off to college over the summer with zero to little cost. This year, we are projected to send our 10,000th student off to Summer of a Lifetime!