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How do I know if ACADEMY is appropriate for my child?

ACADEMY is an enrichment program for students who can benefit from challenges beyond the standard school curriculum.  If your child is identified as talented and gifted by his or her school, information about ACADEMY may be sent home from school. In some cases, the school may not have distributed the information and you may wish to request application packets directly from the ACADEMY program at (541) 552-6452. ACADEMY is an enrichment program for students who can benefit from challenges beyond the standard school curriculum. The main concern of school personnel or parents nominating students for the program, and for ACADEMY staff evaluating student applications, is whether the program will be a positive experience for the student. If you feel your child is a candidate for ACADEMY but are not sure, ask his or her teacher or give us a call.

Which week and session should my child attend?

ACADEMY 2014 will be offered for one week this year:

Students completing grades 5 and 6 will attend Session 1 (June 22-28)
Students completing grades 7 and 8 will be attending Session 2 (June 22-28)

When is the application deadline?

There is no formal deadline. However, students are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible. When a student's application file is complete, it is reviewed for selection. As long as space remains available, applications are accepted for the program. Should the session requested be full, students qualifying for ACADEMY will be put on a waiting list. We find that most wait-listed students are able to attend. Applications are now available for 2014 (click here).

When will students be notified of acceptance?

We will begin sending out notification postcards and later, packets throughout the spring as applications are received and reviewed. NOTE:  No application is reviewed until all parts of the documentation are received in our office, so make sure all recommendations are returned to you so you can include them in your packet!

How is tuition assistance determined?

Any Oregon student who has been accepted for ACADEMY is eligible for ACADEMY tuition assistance on the basis of demonstrated financial need. Tuition Assistance Forms will be available here. Forms should be completed and returned with the application.  All tuition assistance forms must be received by May 16, 2014. Because assistance funds for ACADEMY are limited, we do ask that schools and parent groups explore possible sources of scholarship aid in their local areas. ACADEMY awards are generally between $50 and $200.

When are students notified about tuition assistance awards?

Students will be notified on or after June 1.

How much does it cost to attend ACADEMY?

ACADEMY is a self-supporting program funded through student tuition. The fee is $750, which covers tuition, supervision, room and meals, and activities.

When should payment of the tuition occur?

Tuition is due when the student is notified of acceptance. There is information about payment in the acceptance packets that are mailed out in mid May. VISA and MasterCard are accepted over the phone.

What happens if an accepted student is unable to attend ACADEMY?

We appreciate hearing as soon as possible since there may be a student on the waiting list we need to notify.  There will be a $50 cancellation fee.

What about living groups?

Student’s living Group Counselor will become a very important person to your child. The counselors are college students who have experience in youth programs and counseling. They've been selected for their leadership skills and enthusiasm for working with young people. There are separate residence halls for boys and girls. Parents are encouraged to meet with their child’s counselor during the check-in time to ask questions and share information and concerns.

Should my child request a roommate?

One of the best things about ACADEMY is the new and lasting friendships students make during their week on campus. We do accept roommate requests; however we encourage your child to meet new people. If your child wished to request a roommate, we need to have the request in writing on the application, and requested by both students on their applications.

What about food?

All meals will be served in the Cascade Food Court, which is in your child’s dormitory complex. Students select from a wide variety of nutritious and well balanced foods. A vegetarian option is always available.