Local students invited to be a part of the Third Fall Academy

This fall Andover High School will host its third Fall Academy from October-November as part of the Gilder Lehrman Saturday Academy program. The academy is a tuition-free program designed to engage students in historical analysis of selected topics in American History. It is generously funded by the Fred and Mary Koch Foundation and will run from Oct. 19-Nov. 23.

“This is a great chance for students to get their hands on primary documents,” Joel Schaefer said. “They will be able to form their own opinions based on seeing documents without depending on a teacher’s perspective to guide them.”

The Gilder Lehrman Saturday Academies (GLSA) received the 2011 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award. Chosen from a pool of more than 471 nominations and 50 finalists, GLSA was among 12 after-school and out-of-school programs across the country to receive the award—the highest honor such programs can receive in the United States. Last year we had over 275 students involved and we'd like to get more students from your school if you feel it would be a valuable experience for your students.

While Andover High School hosts the academy, the enrichment program is available to middle and high school students in the Wichita area public and private schools as well.

“We have invited Augusta, Circle and Rose Hill,” Schaefer said. “We still have room, but the classes will fill up quickly with so many students invited.”

In order to gain a spot in the academy, students apply for a course by mailing in the application and they will be notified the week prior to the academy's start their assigned course(s). They then attend the weekly 80 minute session as each course lasts six weeks. Free food and drinks are provided, and there is NO HOMEWORK. Session 1 runs from 9-10:20 a.m. each week and Session 2 runs from 10:30-11:50 a.m.

At the final session, students will receive a certificate of completion of the course which provides students a unique experience and also a prestigious inclusion for a college application.

Space is limited and enrollment fills up quickly so please mail the application in promptly. Acceptance to the academy is a first-come, first-serve basis and enrollment will end on October 7. Courses offered this fall will be: Presidential Scandals and Legacies, American Pop Culture, The Death Penalty in American History, FDR: One Crisis at a Time (middle school offering), Entrepreneurs: The Source of American Prosperity and AP US History Survival Skills. For further details of the courses, the application provides an overview for each offering.

If you have further questions, please contact Joel Schaefer, Saturday Academy Director, at Schaefer@USD385.org