Elite Academy executes its mission through its signature College Preparatory Schools Program (CPSP), which focuses on underrepresented people of color in six main geographic areas: the Northeast, New York Metro Area, the Northwest, the Southwest and the Midwest.
The CPSP has three main components: Recruitment, Placement and Scholar Support.
Recruitment: Elite Academy engages personnel at public, charter and parochial schools (known as “feeder” schools) and staff at community-based organizations to identify students of color who show the potential to flourish academically, but otherwise would not have the opportunity. Recruited candidates must complete the Elite Academy application, which is released in mid February every year. Applications consist of three parts: Parent Section, Candidate Section and the School Section. Graded writing samples, report cards, two years of transcripts, recommendations, a personal statement and standardized test scores must be submitted to complete the application. Every June, the Admissions Committee, consisting of each area’s Program Manager and the National Director, decide which candidates will continue in the placement process based on the quality of the application and interviews and refers these applicants for review to the Member Schools that represent the best fit for each potential Scholar.
Placement: Elite Academy works closely with admissions staff at Member Schools to place qualified students whom Elite Academy has identified through its application process and helps secure financial aid for students who are placed in those Member Schools. Once placements are made, applicants become Elite Academy Scholars.
Scholar Support: Elite Academy holds college readiness workshops in each of its regions that cover topics including standardized tests, financial aid and scholarships, and the college admission essay. These workshops are designed to focus Scholars on how to gain admission to competitive four-year colleges. In addition, the organization conducts career and workforce skills development workshops to augment the opportunities Scholars receive in their rigorous academic environments with experiences that lead to professional growth; holds New Scholar Orientations each summer; visits Scholars at Member Schools; engages Member School liaisons to track Scholars’ progress; and cultivates relationships with well-known summer enrichment programs, such as the Experiment in International Living.