Throughout the year, scholars are provided opportunities to:
• Receive academic support (tutoring and study skills)
• Earn community service hours
• Participate in social and cultural activities
• Receive college guidance
The program also provides two day trips and a week-long tour of postsecondary institutions. Due to the longstanding partnership with D.C. community based organizations, Scholars are able to participate in social advocacy, leadership training, and the opportunity to travel to England in a cultural exchange program.
Parents/guardians are invited to attend a workshop series to receive support and guidance to help them ensure that their Scholar is on target for high school completion and matriculation into a postsecondary institution.
Six-Week Summer Institute
Cathedral Scholars represents one of a few college preparatory programs in D.C. that offers academic enrichment during the summer. The six-week Summer Institute runs from the end of June to the beginning of August. Scholars take auxiliary courses on academic success, English, Math, and SAT Test preparation. Additionally, Scholars are provided with internships in various departments on the campus, perform community service, engage in leadership activities, and attend college visits. Scholars are provided with free meals and are paid for their participation through the DC Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP).
Postsecondary Guidance and Support
CSP supports Scholars in their postsecondary educational endeavors by providing academic, financial, and personal success strategies through structured workshops, presentations, advising, and mentoring. We believe focusing on skill development and providing a staff mentor for 1-on-1 interactions ensures that our students earn four-year college degrees. Scholars are also provided with scholarships through corporate partnerships to help assist with the cost of attending their institution.