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What is Summer Academy?

The University of Mississippi's Summer Academy gives students entering the 8th, 9th, or 10th grades a taste of college life by offering a two-week residential academic program. Summer Academy offers four sessions with different courses offered during each session. Each course offered is listed in the Mississippi curriculum framework, but not generally offered in high school curricula across the state. Students can earn a 1/2 Carnegie unit that may be counted by their high school toward elective graduation requirements, however, whether credit is counted or not is determined by each student's high school.

Who Can Apply?

In-state, as well as out-of-state students who attend public, private, parochial or who are home- schooled, are welcome to apply as long as they meet the following criteria:
  • Students must be rising 8th, 9th, or 10th graders and be in good academic and conduct standing.
  • Students must have an overall 3.0 GPA for their last three years in school and the Fall 2013 semester.
  • Students must have standardized achievement test scores at or above the present grade level for their last three years in school

General Information about Summer Academy

Courses

Summer Academy students choose one course per session and are welcome to attend more than one session. Certified high school teachers teach the Summer Academy courses. Classes meet in academic classrooms on campus and are held from 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Saturdays are reserved for field trips for most courses.

Supervision

Counselors supervise students at all times. Counselors are Ole Miss honor students who have been through an extensive interview process and thorough background check. Counselors participate in a mandatory training program prior to the summer.

Housing

Students who choose to be residential are housed in campus residence halls with males and females being housed separately. Only Summer Academy (along with Ninth Grade Lott) students are housed in these dorms during the summer.Students may request to room with a friend as long as both parties submit the same request. For students who do not have a roommate preference, our office will pair them with someone based on answers supplied to us on a questionnaire.

Commuters

Commuters must be dropped off at the designated spot each morning by 7:45 a.m. and picked up at the designated spot by 4:45 p.m. each afternoon. Commuters will eat lunch on campus each day and lunch is included in the total cost.

Meals

Weekday meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner), as well as breakfast and lunch on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday, are served in on-campus dining facilities and are included in the cost of the program.  Students will be transported off campus to local restaurants for dinner on Saturday and lunch and dinner on Sunday.  Off campus meal costs are the responsibility of the students.

Medical Care

Due to their age, Summer Academy students are not allowed access to the Student Health Center on campus. Students requiring non-emergency medical care between the hours of 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. will be transported to an urgent care facility with parent’s approval. There is not an after hours medical clinic in Oxford, so students requiring medical care after 7 p.m. and before 9 a.m. are transported to the emergency room at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi again with parent’s approval.

Visitors

Due to the strenuous schedule of activities involved in the program, visitors are not allowed during the week. Students may have visitors after class on Saturday and on Sunday. Students may go home after class on Saturday but must report back to their respective dorm by 5 p.m. on Sunday. Activities around campus will be planned for students who choose to stay during the remainder of the weekend.

Typical Daily Schedule

7:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. Breakfast
8:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Morning Class with Break
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Afternoon Class with Break
4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Recreation or Special Activity
6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Dinner
7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Study, Computer Lab, Study Groups, Free Time
10:00 p.m. Curfew

Sessions and Courses Offered

Summer Academy students choose one course per session and are welcome to attend more than one session. Certified high school teachers teach the Summer Academy courses. Classes meet in academic classrooms on campus and are held from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Saturdays are reserved for field trips for most courses.

Click course title to hide/show course description.  An asterisk (*) denotes courses recommended for 9th and 10th grade students.

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Session I: June 1-June 13, 2014

Deadline for admission is May 9, 2014

• ACT Prep* [THIS CLASS IS FULL]

ACT Prep focuses on test-taking skills for standardized tests.

• Mississippi Writers*

Study of Mississippi's rich literary heritage through the study of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and drama. Student's will explore the contribution of Mississippi writers to twentieth century American literature. This course will introduce students to not only traditionally studied authors but also to the current voices in the state's literary landscape.

• Earth and Space Science

Explorations into Earth and Space Science is beginners glimpse into the various aspects of the Earth and Universe. Possible topics of discussion will be the composition of the Earth, weathering, plate tectonics, fossils, oceanography, atmospheric phenomena, the water cycle, and planetary and star systems.

• Visual Arts

Visual Arts explores the creation and study of works of art and design. Students will engage in the production, critical analysis, history and culture, aesthetics, and connections among the visual arts, other content areas, and everyday life.

Session II: June 15-June 27, 2014

Deadline for admission is May 30, 2014

• Theater

Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of drama and the modern stage.

• Environmental Science

Environmental Science Explores the ways in which the environment shapes living communities, interactions of organisms with their environment, and the impact of human activities on the physical and biological systems of the Earth.

• Entrepreneurship

Ever consider being your own boss? Wonder how famous entrepreneurs got their start? In this class we will put your day dreams on paper, look at how those who became successful did so, and what happened to those who failed. We will also look at legal systems in business, cultural differences, advantages and disadvantages for possible businesses.

• Local Culture*

Local Culture is a survey course designed to investigate the cultural diversity of Mississippi through a study of its history, economics, politics, and geography. Using local culture, literary heritage, and people, students will understand and appreciate the development of the area. Excursions to the Delta Blues Museum, Mississippi River museum, Civil Rights Museum, local l iterary, musical, and culinary attractions are included in the session.

Session III: July 6-July 18, 2014

Deadline for admission is June 13, 2014

• Fantasy Fiction

Fantasy Fiction will allow students to explore this genre of fiction in both the popular and literary tradition as they read works by J.K. Rowling, C.S.Lewis, Ray Bradbury, and other writers of the fantasy genre.

• ACT Prep [THIS CLASS IS FULL]

ACT Prep focuses on test-taking skills for standardized tests.

• Astronomy

Astronomy encourages students to develop and communicate an understanding of astronomy through a history of astronomy, technology and instruments, celestial bodies and other components of the universe.

Session IV: July 20-August 1

Deadline for admission is July 4, 2014

• Mythology

Mythology explores the world of the gods and goddesses and their influence in our modern world

• Personal Finance

Personal Finance allows the student to explore personal financial decision-making. It also helps individuals use skills in money management, record-keeping, banking, and investing. The course accomplishes this by the study of basic concepts involving economics, insurance, banking, credit, stocks and bonds, and other related topics through the use of business research tools and technological resources. Activities will include preparation of budgets, consumer skills, checking accounts, investment applications, comparison-shopping, advertising research, standard of living analysis, and comparison of housing options.

• Introduction to Engineering

The purpose of this course is to provide students with an introduction to the problem solving methods that engineers use when applying scientific and mathematic principles for the creation of realistic solutions to everyday technical problems.

• JUST ADDED! Arts and Career Exploration

Students will be exposed to a broad range of media, techniques, and processes and will develop knowledge and skills in the the creation and study of works of art and design.

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Arts and Career Exploration

The goal of this course is to increase students' knowledge of art's relation to math, science, and the state's economy as they study production, critical analysis, culture, and aesthetics. Students will be exposed to a broad range of media, techniques, and processes and will develop knowledge and skills in the the creation and study of works of art and design. During the month of June, students will complete an online introduction course in which they will explore art forms and creative careers in Mississippi in preparation for the hands-on experience on the campus of The University of Mississippi as a Summer Academy participant in July. The students will be able to explore the places in the Creative Economy online and then collectively determine the locations for exploration in July. Students will then be residential students in the Summer Academy program during its fourth session. During this session, students will travel for an exploration of multiple genres of creative construction in Mississippi. They will meet with artists and entrepreneurs to explore how the arts fit into the state's larger economy and culture. Areas of study will include music and music production, visual arts, theatre, film, architecture, culinary arts, and graphic design. Students will document their exploration in a travelogue in which they will explore connections between art and the local place. At the end of the two weeks, students will complete a project for Fall Showcase. Between the end of the program and the final showcase, students will develop their projects and remain in contact with each other, as well as the course instructor, via the online course. At the showcase, students will demonstrate how they used the skills gained during the two week session by presenting a product or a video of their accomplishment. This one-day event will be open to the public and will feature local art representatives and artists from around the state.

The cost of this program is $500 per student in addition to the $125 registration fee. Scholarships are not available for this course. This course is only open to students who are rising 9th or 10th graders. Fifteen spots are available and are on a first come, first serve basis. No academic criteria needs to be met, but students must provide two teacher recommendations, as well as. permission from their principal.

Cost

The cost for a residential student is $1000 per session; this includes tuition, housing, meals, and activities, etc. The cost for a commuter is $500 per session and includes tuition and lunch daily. A one time registration fee of $125 is required to hold a spot for a student. This fee is required after a student has been admitted to the program.

Scholarships

Scholarships are only available to residential students. Commuting students are not eligible for a scholarship. Scholarships are limited and are provided on a first come, first serve basis. Those eligible for scholarships are: returning students to the Summer Academy program (students who attended the program last summer), Ole Miss faculty/staff (whose child will be a residential student), and students who demonstrate a financial need, as well as, who have maintained a 3.5 GPA for their last three years of school. Scholarships are not stackable-only one scholarship per student is permitted.

Students must first be admitted to the program before they may apply for a scholarship. Scholarship information, if needed, will be included with the acceptance package once a student has been accepted to the program.

Commuter Information

Commuters must be dropped off at the designated spot each morning by 7:45 a.m. and picked up at the designated spot by 4:45 p.m. each afternoon. Commuters will eat lunch on campus each day and lunch is included in the total cost.

Please Remember

  • We do not guarantee a spot for any student until the registration fee is received.
  • Students who meet entrance requirements are admitted on a first come basis until the program is filled.
  • All applications (including all required documents) MUST be received in the Office of Pre-College Programs no later than the above deadlines.

Questions? Contact us.

Questions? Contact us at summeracademy@olemiss.edu or 662-915-7621