Summer Enrichment at Loyola: Helping Chicago's Aspiring College Students
Summer Enrichment at Loyola (SEal) program was started in 2011 as a service to our Chicago community and an opportunity to deepen partnerships with select high schools around the city. The program seeks to increase college access and access among mid-performing high school students identified as low-income, first-generation, and/or students of color. To that end, SEal offers: skill development in key academic subjects; training on the college discernment application, and admission processes; and exposure to life at a values-based university through workshops and activities with current Loyola students.
The SEaL program is an opportunity for academic and social enrichment for high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors from, but not limited to, the following Chicago are high schools:
- Christ the King Jesuit College Preparatory High School
- Cristo Rey Jesuit High School
- Curie Metro High School
- Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy
- John Marshall Metro High School
- Kelly High School
- Noble Street College Prep
- Senn High School
- Southland College Prep
Goals for SEaL participants
- To improve academic skills in key subject areas for success in high school.
- To improve practical and cognitive skills needed to succeed in achievement testing, and the college application process.
- To increase understanding of the college discernment, application, and selection process and preparedness for success at each stage.
- To connect to Loyola University Chicago, a values-based community of learners, and be able to identify campus resources available to students.
March 11th SEaL Packets sent to high school counselors
April 15th Nomination Form and transcripts due to Loyola
May 3rd Counselors hand-deliver Family Packets to nominees
May 14th Student Application Form & Terms of Participation due to Loyola
June 7th Mandatory Pre-Program Meeting for students, counselors, and parents
June 23th First day of SEaL
July 11th SEaL Graduation Luncheon for students, staff, families, and counselors
- High school counselors from each location will nominate qualified students for program.
- Nominated high school student will be asked to complete online application (available March 1, 2014).
- After application is processed students will be asked to submit transcripts for admission into the program.
- Upon admission decison, students will recieive acceptance packet with forms that must be reviewed and signed by parent or guardian.
- To ensure placement in the program, students must attend the mandatory Pre-Program Meeting for students, counselors, and parents (Saturday, June 7, 2014).
DATES: June 23 - July 11, 2014 (with July 4th off)
TIMES: Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 5:00pm
The summer session is followed by continued remote mentoring throughout the school year, a Fall reunion weekend, Spring meeting and invitation to the following SEaL summer program.
In addition to the academic component of the program, SEaL participants meet in small groups with ‘College Coaches’—current student leaders at Loyola—who lead Activity and Reflection Periods with the students. The College Coaches are resources, models and mentors about the college discernment, application, and selection process. In the words of SEaL participants:
“[The College Coaches] would teach us things that you could not learn in a classroom. We would connect on a different level.”
“My favorite time was activity/reflection time because it let us understand and get to know each other more. With reflection we got to know about [each other’s] personalities and who [we] are inside. With the activities, we got to spend time together and have fun.”
A sample daily program schedule is as follows:
- 8:30am – Meet with College Coach for Breakfast
- 9:00am – Academic course #1
10:30am – College Prep Class
12:00pm – Lunch
12:45pm – Activity Period
2:00pm – Academic course #2
3:30pm – Study Skills workshop or Reflection Period
- 4:45pm – Daily wrap-up
- 5:00pm – Departure
2014 Academic Subjects
|2014 Academic Subjects|
(Students entering 9th Grade)
(Students entering 10th grade)
(Students entering 11th grade)
(Students entering 12th grade)
Math, Problem-Solving, & Logic
(Personal Statement/College Essay)