Emerging Scholars


Mission

The mission of Emerging Scholars (ES) is to identify and assist a diverse group of students who, without preparation and financial aid, could not consider an independent school education. For families with bright children facing economic challenges, ES provides an intensive program of academic, social and cultural enrichment; leadership and life-skill development; as well as sustained support for the entire family.

Our team of professional educators and community supporters is dedicated to providing opportunities that change the educational trajectory of students with high potential, offering these extraordinary students the opportunity to earn a place in some of the best independent schools in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Through determination, hard work and commitment, participants are prepared to be successful students and leaders in their academic careers and beyond.

Vision

Emerging Scholars believes that student preparation and sustained support for the entire family are key components to ensure success for students in independent schools and in their futures. Emerging Scholars supports, guides and mentors students and their families throughout their academic careers, and continues to engage graduates throughout their life journeys. 
 
After completing Scholars Academy, a comprehensive 14-month program of academic, cultural, and social preparation, Emerging Scholars students are highly desirable candidates for admission to Washington, DC area independent schools. Scholars Academy is intentionally demanding, with a core academic curriculum that mirrors the best practices and programs employed by our partner schools. ES integrates critical thinking, leadership ability, social skills and personal growth with academic preparation in STEAM subjects. This ensures that graduates from the Scholars Academy are fully prepared to meet the rigorous requirements of independent school and excel within their challenging new environment. Knowing that they have earned their acceptance, graduates from the academy enroll in independent schools determined and equipped to thrive. In addition to the many resources offered by their new school, ES students continue to receive academic and social support from ES staff through Scholars Advancement from middle school through high school, college and beyond.

Emerging Scholars partners with parents and institutions to provide significant financial, academic and social support, which allows these unique, capable and driven students to embrace life-changing opportunities. Emerging Scholars students and their families in turn enrich the cultures and communities of Emerging Scholars partner schools. By nurturing, guiding and educating a diverse student body for entry into selective and rigorous independent schools, Emerging Scholars is a catalyst for social change, providing our global society with critically needed leaders. Emerging Scholars' investment in its scholars is an investment in our collective future.

 
 
 

Emerging Scholars is a catalyst for social change, providing our global society with critically needed leaders.

 
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History

Emerging Scholars was established in 2002, by a consortium of seven independent schools serving the Washington, DC metropolitan area. They recognized that there are countless local students who exhibit exceptional academic and leadership potential, but who lack the preparation and financial means to attend a school where they will fully develop their capabilities. ES was established to identify such students, help them earn admittance to and financial assistance from the top independent schools in the region; as well as prepare them to thrive throughout their academic careers with the guidance and support provided by the Emerging Scholars two pillared strategy for success, Scholars Academy and Scholars Advancement.

Goals

  • To provide an academic, cultural and social enrichment program for a diverse group of bright and dedicated fourth grade students who, without preparation and financial assistance, could not consider an independent school education.
  • To ensure that graduates from the Scholars Academy are fully prepared to meet the rigorous requirements of independent school and excel within their challenging new environment by offering a core academic curriculum that mirrors the best practices and programs employed by our partner schools. 
  • To assist scholars in selecting, earning admittance to and scholarship support from a suitable independent school; then continue to be a resource for students, their families and their schools throughout their academic careers and beyond.

  • To develop the academic and leadership potential of gifted young people from currently under-represented and under-served segments of society. By nurturing, guiding and offering educational opportunities to a diverse student body, Emerging Scholars is a catalyst for social change, providing our global society with critically needed leaders. Emerging Scholars' investment in its scholars is an investment in our collective future.”

 
 
 
 
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