For the past eight summers, the Socratic Summer Academy at Colgate University has worked with hundreds of students from around the country and the world, helping them achieve dramatic score increases on their SAT -- on average, several hundred points in three weeks. Students come to Colgate not just to learn, but to be part of a vibrant camp community that nurtures their passions, exposes them to life on a college campus, and helps them overcome their individual academic challenges and prepare for their future.
How do we achieve our results?
First, we aren't like most test prep programs - as a residential academy with high teacher to student ratios, we emphasize small-group and one on one instruction, balancing classroom learning with test-taking simulations, coaching sessions, workshops, and interactive games.
Second, our program isn't a school - it's a camp. We inspire students to succeed on the SAT by devoting ourselves to making our program not a stuffy classroom, but a fun, exciting, and rewarding experience. Our highest praise came from one student, Danny Hwang, who told us in his 2012 testimonial: “I’ve been to camps for church, sports, and music … [of all of them, SSA] was the best camp I’ve been to."
Third, our team of administrators ensures our curricula, program design, and teacher training remain unmatched. Our founder, Max Rosen, created SSA after years of working as a teacher and camp administrator; he later went on to graduate from Harvard Law School the valedictorian of his class.
Our executive director and co-founder, Alyssa Bowlby, co-founded SSA and also founded a non-profit - the Yleana Leadership Academy - which works with 80 low-income students each summer to help them improve their SAT scores and get scholarships and financial aid to competitive schools.
A holistic approach to the SAT has never been more important.
2017-2018 is a complicated year for college prep: the SAT has changed, colleges are trying to figure out how it compares to the ACT, college admissions are getting increasingly competitive, college prep is getting more and more stressful, and more and more impersonal. The test may change. But at SSA, our academic philosophy, nurturing camp community, and exceptional team has ensured that our program remains the most effective, most fun, and most nurturing place to prepare for your future anywhere in the country.