Aspire Student Programs
Developing a Long-term Commitment
Over the course of a multi-year commitment in middle school, students attend three consecutive summer sessions and also gather for events throughout the school year.
While in fifth grade, nominated students in our partner schools are invited to complete an application that includes a one-on-one interview. The careful screening process contributes to Aspire’s exceptional attendance and retention rates.
A cohort of approximately 36 students has begun each year since 2002, and the program continues to track the academic progress of these participants.
Aspire girls participate in a variety of leadership-building activities in academic classes and exploratory workshops. The core program offers:
• Mentorship—Aspire creates a close-knit community where students get to know each other and their teachers in an environment where individuals are simultaneously stretched and supported.
• Exposure—Aspire’s curriculum introduces new people, places, and ideas in a format that emphasizes reading, writing, public speaking, problem solving, and group work.
• Choice—Program elements lead students to be self-reflective, to develop a stronger sense of convictions, and to focus on what’s right for them.
Building Pathways to College
During high school, each Aspire graduate is able to take part in programming designed to make college more accessible, as most Aspire graduates would be the first in their families to attend a four-year college.
Through the Aspire Alumnae Association, program graduates receive support throughout their matriculation in college and other post-secondary programs. We offer programming and workshops around the themes of: sisterhood, spirit, scholarship, and service. Aspire's alumnae program includes advice for high school course selection, access to helpful pre-college resources, test preparation assistance, and guidance with the college application process.