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ASPS AM Summer Tuition

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ASPS PM Summer Tuition

$100.00

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ASPS AM Summer Tuition

$200.00

Pay now

ASPS PM Summer Tuition

$100.00

Pay now
Summer Session

Programs

The Academy for Scholastic and Personal Success (SPS) currently offers four programs:

The Academy SPS Summer Program (for High School Students)

The Academy SPS summer program operates for six weeks and is housed at Mount Mercy University.

It is for high school students in grades 9-12 and offers a culturally specific curriculum enriched by seminars, films, and speakers.

This program can be repeated (repetition is encouraged) each summer throughout the student’s high school career.

A highlight of The Academy SPS summer program is traveling to a place where students can see African American culture in positive reflection. 

CLICK HERE TO APPLY

Interested in attending the program or being a speaker/presenter? Click here to complete the application. 

Click here to meet our summer staff. 
Click here to read more about the R.I.S.E. Program
Click here to read Parent/Guardian/Student Handbook

SUMMER SCHEDULE

AM Classes
Monday – Friday: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Monday – Thursday: Math/Science, Literature/History, and Post-Secondary Seminar
Friday: *Seminars, films, speakers, mindfulness, and gardening/nutrition
*This option is also available to R.I.S.E students

R.I.S.E. Classes
Tuesday & Thursday: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

LOCATION:

Mount Mercy University, 1330 Elmhurst Dr. NE

DATES TO REMEMBER:

Applications Are Closed

June 12th – July 21st – Summer Session
 Thursday, June 8, 6:00 pm – Parent/Student Orientation, Donnelly Hall
Thursday, June 8th – Tuition Due
Monday, June 12th, 8:00 AM – 12:00 Noon – 1st Day AM Session
Basille Hall, 3rd Floor Rooms: 304, 311, 312, 315
Tuesday, June 13th, 1:00 – 3:00 PM
 – 1st Day R.I.S.E. Session 
Basille Hall, 3rd Floor Rooms: 304, 311, 312, 315
Monday, July 3rd & Tuesday, July 4th – No Class
Wednesday, July 5th – Friday, July 7th – Parent/Guardian/Student Conference (mandatory)
Schedule TBA, Basile Hall, 3rd Floor
Thursday, July 20th – Last Day of Classes for R.I.S.E. students
Friday, July 21st
– Last Day of Classes for AM students

Friday, July 21, 6:00 – 8:00 pm – Closing Ceremony (for all students), Betty Cherry Hall

African American Awareness Program – AAAP (for Middle School Students)

This program feeds to The Academy SPS when students get to high school. Middle School students, grades 6-8, are recruited to learn about their culture while improving academics. The students in AAAP read and discuss a common text, and travel to the University of Iowa each Spring to discuss the text with a university professional in the Education Department.

AAAP operates throughout the entire school year (October – May) and meets weekly either after school or during lunch. It can be repeated (repetition is encouraged) through 8th grade. AAAP is housed at each of the Middle Schools.

Interested in attending the program or being a speaker/presenter? Click here to complete the application. 

Questions? Contact Dr. Ruth White at theacademysps@gmail.com or Eric M. Thompson at aspsdirector@gmail.com

AAAP School Logos

The Academy Expansion 
(for Elementary School Students)

The Academy Expansion program operates during the school year (October-May) and teaches elementary school-aged students in grades 3-5, academic and leadership skills, using cultural awareness and knowledge as a base.

The Academy Expansion program is housed at Johnson STEAM Academy. It meets on Mondays after school and can be repeated (repetition is encouraged) through grade 5. Students in The Expansion Program join AAAP when they move to Middle School. 

Interested in attending the program or being a speaker/presenter? Click here to complete the application. 

Questions? Contact Charrisse Cox at chcox@crschools.us

The Academy for Scholastic and Personal Success Expansion Program classroom
The Academy for Scholastic and Personal Success Barrington Erving presenting to The Academy SPS Expansion Students (2015)
The Academy for Scholastic and Personal Success Critical Conversation Season 4: "How Did We Get Here?"

We are happy to report that Critical Conversations will return for Season Four!⁣

Our theme, How Did We Get Here? will meet monthly in Beems Auditorium
at the Cedar Rapids Public Library & with a Zoom option.

Join us in reaching beyond and discussing the narratives that have been produced to divide us and discuss their effects on all of us in education, the political landscape, the medical field, and the business world.

We look forward to a robust series and hope you are, too!
Please encourage friends and colleagues to join as well. ⁣

We will be peeling back the layers; you may think you know these contributors to our history
–and you may–
but there is always more to know.
Join us to begin or continue learning.

Moderators: Dr. Ruth E. White, Eric McKinley Thompson, and Betty Daniels
(guest speakers during specific topics)

Registration is required.

Register below to reserve your spot and to get updates on future guests and topics.

We look forward to a robust series and hope you are too!

October 20, 2023 – “Why Does History Keep Repeating Itself?”
with panelists Dr. Ruth White, Betty Daniels, Eric McKinley Thompson, and ASPS student, Ahmed Elsheikh

November 20: “What is the ripple effect of banning books and what teachers are allowed to teach?”

Dates for the 2024 Critical Conversation Sessions are still to be determined …

January: “Are our children safer when schools employ a resource officer?”

February: “What is the difference between having the right to vote vs. having the ability to vote?”

March 11, 2024: “How is the health and wellness industry different for Black Americans?”

April 8, 2024: “How do DEI programs benefit us?”

Critical Conversations is a program of The Academy SPS, & in partnership with: Top RANK Consulting Agency, Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission, Mount Mercy University DEI Group, & Cornell College