Over the last six months, New Heights student-athletes have engaged in over 300 hours of academic sessions focused on English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, SAT preparation, and the development social-emotional and leadership skills through our partnership with the Sadie Nash Leadership Project. Our academic support program for middle and high school students focused on providing more individualized, small group and one-to-one tutoring for those who were struggling to achieve grades to meet benchmark performance levels. This work yielded numerous success stories as students who utilized the supports were rewarded with much improved grades and greater confidence.
We will expand our academic support program next year to include a larger number of students throughout the school year in locations throughout the five boroughs, ensuring greater accessibility for students outside of Manhattan.
Thank you to our dedicated team of instructors this year – Ashley Allen, Leo Ayarig, Julie Blumenfeld, Jeremy Cohan, Nicholas Davies, Menatallah Elkoush, Morgan Jerkins, Sean Soto, Charlie Stevens and Harry Steves.
We now look forward to the July 10th start of our largest New Heights’ Summer Academy to date. In addition to our signature Inside the Numbers (math) and Hot Takes (literacy) curricula, this year’s four-week program will feature the addition of a technology component for all students. Rising 5th and 6th graders will learn and develop skills in computer programming using Scratch, an online resource that allows students to virtually build anything they dream up. Our 7th and 8th groups will engage in an exciting Lego Robotics program. Both technology efforts will be supported through our partnership with the Noyce Scholars program at Hunter College.
We’ve developed the Summer Academy program to ensure that students are challenged to develop their critical thinking skills, grow their ideas, and develop stronger communication, leadership and teamwork skills. Most importantly, they will have fun engaging in the classroom and honing their basketball skills on the court every day of the program.