A partnership between
Spartanburg County Public Schools
and USC Upstate
“In selecting future Yale students, I
am inclined to believe that the person
who gives every ounce to do
something superbly has an
advantage over the person whose
capacities may be great but who
seems to have no desire to stretch
them to their limit.”
--Kingman Brewster, former President of Yale University
The Scholars Academy Mission
To attract and graduate
students with a life-long passion
for learning and compassion for
others, and enable them to
translate academic study and
personal concern into effective
leadership and action in their
communities and the world.
Three Program Components
Community Service
Peace Park Ambassadors,
Rotary International
The Scholars Academy …
Offers college classes & advanced high school classes.
Is for Grades 9-12. You must enter in Fall of 9th grade.
Allows you to…
Earn all high school graduation units in 3 years.
Earn about 60 college credits (2 years of college).
…and still participate in your own school’s extra
curricular activities, sports, clubs, etc.
USC Upstate
Spartanburg County School Districts
*Ask your district of the cost to you.
• Executive Board
– University administrators
– School district administrators
• Advisory Board
– School district administrators (7)
– Director
– Professors
– Parents
– Students
51 Graduates Cohorts 1, 2, 3
$8 million
in scholarships!
130 students
7 Districts
13 schools
42 professors
3 program staff
 Attend Spartanburg County
Public School in Districts 1-7 for
grades 9-12.
 Maintain A’s & B’s
in all courses.
Typical Academic Profile:
Score 50+ each section PSAT
Successful Algebra I student
Prof./ Adv. PASS
MAP – above grade level
High academic achiever
Academically driven
Typical Personal Profile:
• Wide range of interests and pursuits
both in and out of school
• Intellectually curious; a creative thinker
• Seeks and thrives on challenge
• Able to work independently
• Mature
• Parent support
Ryan Smith
Boiling Springs High School
Class of 2014
Daily Schedule
8:30 a.m.—12:30 p.m.
3 classes MWF, TTh
Honors/AP/Dual Credit
(college credit)
12-12:30 p.m. Lunch at USC Upstate
12:30 p.m. Return to home school
Take at least one class there.
Participate in extra-curriculars.
The First 2 Years…
classes only with Scholars
will have classes with
regular college
students in 11th & 12th grade
classes held in Scholars Academy
classrooms second floor
Library building
Algebra II Honors/Geometry Honors
English I or II Honors
US History 105
Freshman Seminar
Algebra II/Geometry Honors or Precalculus 126
English II or III Honors
US History 106
Freshman Seminar
Precalculus 126 or 127
Biology 101 or Physics 101 or Chemistry 101
English III or IV Honors
Precalculus 127 or Calculus 141
Biology 101 or Chemistry 101 or Physics 101
AP English Language and Composition
Calculus 141
Government 101
Physics 101 or Chemistry 101
Foreign Language, Psychology, Music,
Computer Science
Calculus 142, Calculus 241, Electives
Physics 201, Biology 102, Chemistry 111
World History 102
AP English Literature and Composition
Calculus 241
Foreign Language,
Computer Science, Electives
Human Anatomy, Microbiology, Genetics, Astronomy, Physics
Foreign Language, Economics, Computer Science, Electives
Human Anatomy, Microbiology, Genetics, Astronomy, Physics
Statistics 315, Political Science
Courses to take at your school
Computer Applications
Foreign Language (1st year at least)
Fine arts
earned in
Dalton Fowler, Cohort 1, Chapman High School
Will these credits transfer to
another college?
subject to policy of individual colleges on:
transfer credits
dual credits
pre-matriculation credits
Transcript from the
University of South Carolina
Requirements of Top Universities
in regard to dual credit
College Courses at The Scholars Academy are:
-- taken on a college campus
-- taught by college professors who are
regular members of the university faculty
-- real college courses offered to regular
college students in the course catalog
-- part of the regular curriculum of the
AP versus Dual Credit
“Students who take one or more college courses at
another American college or university prior to their
enrollment at Duke can have the courses recorded on
their academic record and receive AP-like credit for
“...advanced placement (AP), international
baccalaureate (IB), and pre-matriculation course
work…These three types of pre-college work are
regarded as equivalent…”
--Duke University
What Colleges Are Looking For
“The single most important document in your application
is your high school transcript, which tells us a great deal
about your academic drive and performance over time.
We look for students who have consistently taken a
broad range of challenging courses in high school and
done well.”
“…interested to see that you have challenged yourself
with difficult coursework, and have done well.”
“…it is very important that we see a high level (or an
improving degree) of rigor and success throughout your
high school years.”
--Yale University
Academic Support
• Mentors
• Tutors
• Supplemental
• Study Sessions
Youth Leadership Institute
• Freshmen Seminar
• University Writing Center
• University Math Lab
Youth Summer
Leadership Institute
at USC Upstate
Student Council
Literary Magazine
Honor Roll
Chess, Art, Philosophy, Photography Clubs
Interact Club
“Think Globally;
Act Locally.”
Service Projects
Sharing Our
Selection Process Calendar 2014
• Feb. 7, 2014: Completed student
applications due to USC Upstate. When
we receive your application, we will
send you a card of receipt.
• February: Student candidates selected
for interviews.
• March: Student/parent interview.
• April: Candidates chosen and notified.
The Application:
• Part A
– General Personal Info (1 page)
• Part B
– Essay; open response questions; extracurricular activities (4 pages)*
• Academic Recommendation
(2 pages)
• Personal/Community Recommendation
(2 pages)
• Counselor’s Report (1 page)
Mailing Address
Melissa DeLoach, Director,
The Scholars Academy
University of South Carolina Upstate
800 University Way
Spartanburg, SC 29303
For more information…
Contact Melissa DeLoach
•Office 224 Library
Crescat scientia, vita excolatur
“Let knowledge increase,
let life be perfected.”

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