The Pre-Freshmen Experience
Summer Readiness Program
This four-week program prepares students for high school on both the academic and social level. It is available for all incoming freshmen and is mandatory for some as a condition of their acceptance to La Salle. The students are engaged in three academic courses (study skills, math and English). The program also includes one non-graded period; it is a Guidance/Transitional program that addresses skills such as time and anger management, orientation to school policies, including dress code, rules, etc., and recreation time.
CHIRP (Cardinal High Intensity Readiness Program)
This is a new, two-week enrichment program for high-achieving incoming freshmen. Students travel to educational sites around the city, including the Museum of Natural History and the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. On campus, students participate in fun learning activities such as geocaching and early STEM instruction.
Over the course of two weeks (Monday through Friday, July 17, 2017 through July 28, 2017 from 9am to 12pm with a registration fee of $150), CHIRP will effectively help Rising 8th Graders experience high school, both academically and socially. Students who participate in CHIRP will kick-off the fall with a big advantage—they will have a sense of preparedness and eagerness to move forward!
CHIRP’s key goal is to teach students high school skills with a focus on Mathematics, English, Study Skills, and Recreational Time. The program will also emphasize the importance of developing supportive peer relationships. This guidance is a critical step in helping reduce the stress incoming students may face as they enter into a new phase of their academic lives.
College Exploration Program
Available for rising juniors and seniors, this three-week program is designed to prepare students for the SAT exam and the college application process. Students also visit various universities in the New York City area and tour the campuses. In addition to the SAT Prep intensive in the summer college exploration program, La Salle also offers a menu of SAT prep classes for freshmen, sophomores and juniors during the academic school year.