Summer Program for High School Students Who Learn Differently
3-Week Summer Programs for Rising Juniors and Seniors in High School
Landmark College’s summer programs in Vermont and Oregon offer high school students who learn differently the opportunity to discover and practice academic skills and strategies that improve their ability to learn. Students experience the excitement of college life, take courses with experienced faculty, and enjoy an unforgettable life-changing summer in one of our two beautiful rustic settings. Note: Students are not required to have a diagnosed learning disability to participate in Landmark’s summer programs.
Dates & Locations
Southern Oregon University • Ashland, Oregon
Sunday, July 8 – Saturday, July 28, 2012
Landmark College • Putney, VT
Sunday, July 1 – Saturday, July 21, 2012
About the Program
Our three-week program for rising juniors and seniors in high school is all about engagement: with serious academic work, with writing, with strategies for success in school, with peers, with adults, and with self. Students in this program must be at least 16 years of age and have completed the sophomore year of high school.
We know that not everyone learns in the same way. Our experience with young people who learn differently suggests that a sense of self and a good insight into one's individual learning style can make a big difference in outcomes in school.
No short summer program can possibly solve all the problems students with learning differences encounter with these issues. But over the past dozen years, our summer program has given participants a taste of college and an opportunity to join a learning community in which all the members are dedicated to academic achievement, mutual respect, and personal change and growth. We offer a learning environment where students—and teachers—understand and share their learning difficulties.
Our summer faculty will help students:
- Begin to understand individual learning differences
- Develop a writing process that uses proven techniques to write faster, more clearly and with fewer struggles
- Integrate strategies and practices into content courses
- Begin to focus on the development of better daily habits
About the Day
Participants follow the same timetable at each summer program location.
8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Common Breakfast
9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Morning Class #1
10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Morning Class #2
11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Afternoon Class
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Extracurricular Activities
5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Free time, dinner, evening study and social time
About the Locations
The summer program is offered in Putney, VT (on the Landmark College campus) and Ashland, OR (on the campus of Southern Oregon University). Although the non-writing electives vary slightly by campus, the teaching approach and program content is the same at both locations. What differs is the program size and the environment and culture of each campus.
Oregon: Conducted at Southern Oregon University (SOU) in Ashland, this program is designed for 60 students. Described by the New York Times as a "hidden gem in higher education," SOU is known for its unusually robust learning support center. Its beautiful campus and surrounding community offer an ideal setting for a summer experience. The staff is a mix of Landmark College faculty and staff and faculty and staff from SOU and surrounding area.
Vermont: This program enrolls about 140 students who live on Landmark College's rural Putney campus. Participants join current Landmark students who participate in regular associate degree college work in a five-week credit session. Teachers are primarily members of the Landmark College faculty. Teachers from local high schools and colleges experienced in working with students with learning differences supplement the core Landmark staff.
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For More Information
For questions or assistance regarding the program or admissions, contact Landmark College's Office of Enrollment Services.
For questions or assistance regarding Ashland or the SOU campus, contact Southern Oregon University's Disability Resources.
Theresa Lowrie, Director of Landmark/SOU Summer Program