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Elementary School to Middle School

Louise Bates Ames Series, Your One Year Old etc.  Louise Bates Ames, a psychologist, wrote a very helpful, easy to read series of books that explained child development from age one through age 14.  Each book helps parents understand what their child will do, think and feel as they grow.  How they will interact with their parents and family, other children and teachers.  These books will provide a road map to understanding your child so that you can raise them effectively according to your values.


My name is Stephanie Phillipps. I am a black mom, married with two grown children, a daughter, 22 years old, and a son, 20. I also am a practicing lawyer in Washington, D.C. Now that my parenting job is pretty much done ( at least the day-to-day part!), I began to search for something to do that could be helpful to other moms and kids. I decided to create this site to give black moms a place where we safely can share parenting tips, information and questions about raising healthy, educated children who have a strong sense of self and cultural identity. This site also is designed to give black moms cultural and historical information that can be potential teaching tools and to provide access to experts who can address some of the special issues we and our children face.


Duke TIP


Johns Hopkins CTY

MIT Splash & ESP


Sphinx Performance Academy
The Sphinx Performance Academy is a full-scholarship intensive chamber music and solo performance program designed for aspiring Black and Latino string players, ages 12-17.


Math Reasoning


The Schuler Scholar Program
The Schuler Scholar Program equips bright, motivated Chicago area 8th graders with the support they need to gain access to and succeed at highly selective colleges and beyond. Schuler Scholars are typically first-generation college-bound, are students of color, or come from low-income families. Students who are in eighth grade and will attend one of our partnership high schools may apply to participate in the program.

Application is by invitation only. Applications are distributed in the spring to students who:


Meet GPA and rank criteria (varies by school)


Can answer "yes" to at least two of the questions that follow:

  • Are you the first generation in your family to attend a four-year U.S. college?

  • Will you need financial assistance in order to attend college?

  • Are you from an ethnic group that is typically under-represented on college campuses?

  • Do you have a unique family circumstance that might qualify you for consideration?


At Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics (BEAM), 7th graders get to experience an environment unlike any other. You'll live on a college campus in upstate New York, surrounded by nature as you study new and interesting mathematics taught by the best instructors from across the nation. You'll also enjoy games, sports, and optional field trips like hiking and stargazing. The program is three weeks and free. We'll also provide a bus from New York City to campus at the start and back at the end. Admissions are competitive: this is a camp for seventh-graders who think they might like math, like solving puzzles, and want to see what else is out there.


6th graders who are ready to explore challenging math can get an early start on studying advanced mathematics. The new program, BEAM 6, will take place at a conveniently located school in Manhattan.  Students will spend 4 weeks studying challenging math, including logic, applied math, math fundamentals, and math team strategies.  Program staff will meet students at drop-off points in neighborhoods across NYC and take them on the subway to the program. Lunch will also be provided.


For both programs eligible students attend public schools in New York City where 75% or more of the student body is eligible for free or reduced-price lunch.


The ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp (EMBHSSC) is a two-week residential camp hosted at colleges and universities across the nation.  The Harris Foundation (THF), in partnership with the ExxonMobil Foundation, will host 10 residential camps held during the months of June-August. Each camp will provide an average of 40 rising 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students the opportunity to enhance their proficiency in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education while living on a college campus - all at no cost to the child or family.


Program Model


The core STEM curriculum is integrated with field excursions and other educational experiences that enrich students’ understanding of the practical relationships between classroom work and the real world. Communication and teamwork are integral parts of the students’ camp experience. Evening counseling sessions provide opportunities for discussion of students’ academic, career and social issues. Students engage in an array of extracurricular activities during the non-class time.



Each campsite will have 50% female and 50% male participants representing each targeted grade level. Through its innovative, student-centered, inquiry-based curriculum, campers will complete a minimum of 56 hours of advanced

STEM study taught by highly qualified educators from area school districts and university faculty.


Student Selection Criteria - To be eligible to apply, students should:

  • Be members of a traditionally underserved and underrepresented population;

  • Be entering 6th, 7th or 8th grade in the fall of 2016;

  • Have a GPA of at least “B” overall in mathematics and science;

  • Score at the median to superior level on standardized mathematics and science tests;

  • Write a 250-word essay describing their interest in the camp and STEM;

  • Be interviewed, if deemed necessary;

  • Have exhibited an interest in mathematics and science; and

  • Have strong recommendations from their current mathematics and science teachers.

  • The Rutgers Future Scholars program introduces 200 first-generation, low-income and academically promising middle school students from school districts in our four Rutgers home communities of New Brunswick, Piscataway, Newark, and Camden to the promise and opportunities of a college education. The program has multiple-year components, each building on the foundation of the previous year. Beginning in summer preceding their 8th grade year, student participants become part of a unique pre-college culture of university programming, events, support, and mentoring that will continue through their high school years, and eventually college.

For students who successfully complete the pre-college part of the program, Rutgers will provide full tuition funding through scholarships and federal grants to students admissible to Rutgers University. In short, the Rutgers Future Scholars offers Hope, Opportunity, and Tuition Scholarship

The Ohio State University Young Scholars Program (YSP) is an exceptional opportunity for academically talented first generation 8th - 12th grade students with demonstrated financial need to advance their goal of pursuing higher education. Our Scholars receive:

  • Pre-college preparation through intensive college advising
  • Group and one-on-one academic coaching and mentoring

  • College planning tools and resources

  • Academic, leadership, and social engagement at The Ohio State University

  • Guided major and career exploration 

  • An opportunity to attend a world class research university with a generous scholarship


The Young Scholars Program has served more than 3,000 students from the nine largest urban public school districts in Ohio: Akron, Canton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Lorain, Toledo, and Youngstown. Scholars must complete a rigorous college preparatory curriculum and maintain a high school GPA of 3.3 or above to be eligible for the scholarship. Scholars in good academic standing receive a robust financial aid package consisting of federal and state grants, work-study, and the Young Scholars Award. Scholars are expected to sustain their high academic achievement after admission to Ohio State. Connecting multiple levels of education, each year, the Young Scholar Program enhances the professional development and personal growth of 550 pre-college students in grades 8-12 and 250 college students and their families, serving as a stepping stone for success at Ohio State and beyond. The university works with the kids on study skills and standardized test preparation, and other tools they will require for admission. YSP students who eventually attend Ohio State receive a need-based, four-year scholarship averaging $15,605 per year. Further, they participate in summer programs and are provided with on-campus support such as a mentor, a success coach, and techniques for success.

SEO Scholars is a free eight-year academic program that gets low-income public high school students to and through college–with a 95% college graduation rate.

In High School SEO offers intensive year-round academic preparation via a carefully-calibrated, rigorously-assessed course of supplemental education. Saturday, summer, and weekly after-school classes provide the equivalent of 2.5+ years of instruction in English and 1.5+ years of instruction in math.
In College SEO continues to support students through each of their four years, providing one-on-one academic, personal, and career exploration support.


SEO serves 720+ public high school students in New York City and 89 public high school students in San Francisco who:

  • Hold at least a 70% GPA in New York City and at least a 2.0 GPA in San Francisco

  • Come from families whose median income is well below the poverty line (the median family income for our Scholars in New York City is under $22,000). The average family size is four, though nearly half of our Scholars are from single-parent households.

Scholarships to Private School

A Better Chance

For over fifty years, A Better Chance has transformed the lives of young people of color through education, and has prepared thousands of students to take positions of leadership in American society.  The College Preparatory Schools Program (CPSP) is an academic program that identifies, recruits, places, and supports all students of color who are currently in the 4th through 9th grade in outstanding college preparatory middle schools and high schools nationally. 


Black Student Fund

Since 1964, the Black Student Fund (BSF) has provided financial assistance and support services to Washington, DC metropolitan area African-American students, grades pre-kindergarten to 12, and their families. BSF-assisted students stay in school, graduate high school with distinction and enter college. 70% of these students are from one-parent households. Many are the first generation to progress to higher education.

Established to racially desegregate the independent schools of the National Capital area, the Fund serves as an advocate for all black children and strives to assure that black students and their families have equal access to every educational opportunity.

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation


The Young Scholars Program is a selective pre-college scholarship for high-performing 7th grade students with financial need.

The Latino Student Fund

The mission of the Latino Student Fund (LSF) is to provide opportunities for a strong academic foundation for underserved PreK-12th grade students of Hispanic descent to promote higher education and professional leadership. We support students and their families through scholarships, academic support services and informational outreach.


DC Opportunity Scholarship Program

Providing Washington, DC families K-12 private school scholarships since 2004.  The program is the first federally-funded program of its kind and is the product of a bi-partisan collaborative effort involving former D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams, D.C. City Council members, school leaders, the White House, the U.S. Congress, and the U.S. Department of Education.

Baltimore Educational Scholarship Trust

Baltimore Educational Scholarship Trust, in partnership with our nineteen independent member schools, recruits and supports through the admissions process academically ambitious, African American students with financial need from the Baltimore area. Once students are enrolled, B.E.S.T. positions them for success through academic preparation, character and leadership development and support programs.

Capital Partners for Education

Capital Partners for Education (CPE) works with motivated, low-income Washington, DC area youth to get to and through college via a proven combination of mentoring, partnerships with quality high schools, tuition assistance, and a customized array of academic, career, and life skills development.


97% of our high school graduates have enrolled in college, and almost three-quarters have graduated from college on time.

Prep for Prep

Prep for Prep develops leaders through access to superior education and life-changing opportunities. Since 1978, Prep has identified New York City’s most promising students of color and prepared them for placement at independent schools in the city and boarding schools throughout the Northeast. Once placed, Prep offers support and opportunities to ensure the academic accomplishment and personal growth of each one of our students.


More than 4,500 members of the Prep Community, who are rapidly assuming leadership positions in a wide variety of endeavors, are living proof that the potential for academic and professional success exists in all ethnic groups and socioeconomic classes. Our students, who come from modest backgrounds, succeed at the best independent schools in New York City, the top boarding schools in the country, and the most prestigious colleges and universities in the world.

Magnet/Specialty High Schools

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology

The mission of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology is to provide students with a challenging learning environment focused on math, science, and technology, to inspire joy at the prospect of discovery, and to foster a culture of innovation based on ethical behavior and the shared interests of humanity.

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