What Can Kalos Academy Do For You?
Below we explain our curriculum. The last sentence of each paragraph (in bold) emphasizes what we can help you to accomplish, and how it will support your college aspirations! Take a look at our info, then:
Our curriculum will emphasize short readings (commonly 3-5 pages) from frequently-assigned college texts (with works by such influential thinkers as John Locke, Sigmund Freud, Frantz Fanon, Toni Morrison, W.E.B. DuBois, Michel Foucault, Gloria Anzaldúa and others). With this exposure to common texts, you'll be certain to enter your freshman year conversant in at least some of the ideas and areas of study you'll find on your freshman-year syllabi.
Short videos shot by your professor (and/or other professors involved with the program) will introduce you to key concepts in each text, and to core academic skills you can use to analyze the texts. You'll meet each week with either your professor or college mentor (or both) to discuss the readings and your own written ideas about them. Your meeting will follow what's called the "Oxford Tutorial" style, in which you're questioned about your written work, and advised on how to improve your writing. Studies show that the strongest writers perform much better during their freshman year in college, meaning that our tutoring during your gap year will set you up to rise to the top of your class when you begin college!
The objective of tutorials with your professor will be to write a college-level paper, something much different than any of the high school papers you have written so far. We will walk you through the process, including all of the differences you'll need to learn, on a week-by-week basis. The objective of your professor will be to help you produce a piece of work that will get you noticed! The result could be published in an undergraduate journal, publicized on the web, or used as a writing sample for college admissions.
We plan to work without students at least through the opening of the 2022 academic year, meaning that we can provide advice and support during your gap year, during the college admissions process, and even during your first year in college. Though we don't specialize in admissions counseling, we can refer you to people who do. Your college mentor can share stories about their admissions process; your faculty member can provide a valuable letter of reference.
Over the coming months, the folks at Kalos Academy will plan a curriculum that meets your needs. We are beginning our work with a "listening tour," talking to first-gen students about their needs and to experts in college counseling for first-gen students. If you want to be part of the conversation, please be in touch!