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ERIC Number: EJ767335
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May-23
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
In Buffalo, Opening Doors for the Overlooked
Honawar, Vaishali
Education Week, v26 n38 p1, 13 May 2007
This article describes the Buffalo Prep program. Housed at University of Buffalo, the program identifies disadvantaged but talented minority children, places them in academic-enrichment classes, and then finds them spots at private schools and a more selective public high school in the area to complete their precollegiate careers. In addition to the accelerated courses, the program ingrains a strong academic ethic and offers a supportive atmosphere in which students are immediately embraced by a community of staff members, teachers, and alumni. The program, based on New York City's Prep for Prep, has three levels. Primary Prep, for 6th graders, offers classes in the core subjects of math, science, language arts, and social studies for six weeks over the summer. Secondary Prep, a 14-month program, begins immediately after the 7th grade ends where students learn test-taking strategies, effective note-taking, and public speaking in addition to intensive training in the core subjects. Secondary Prep students automatically move on to Graduate Prep, where they take an SAT-preparation course, attend a workshop on how to prepare a college-application essay, and get help from a financial-aid adviser in filling out federal student-aid forms. A big ingredient of Buffalo Prep's winning formula is the 15 "partner" high schools, all of them private. They offer a combined $350,000 in annual scholarships. The private schools that partner with Buffalo Prep say the students bring more racial and socioeconomic diversity into the schools, usually dominated by white children from upper-middle-class families. Moreover, the students are extremely bright and come well prepared.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York