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Smart Scholars Admissions

Program Eligibility

  • Have an academic average of 65% to 80%
  • Have the potential to benefit from a rigorous academic curriculum
  • Demonstrate the desire to work toward obtaining college credits and/or a college degree
  • Students belonging to a population who have historically not had access to or success in higher education are prioritized (English Language Learner students, students with disabilities, and first generation college students)
  • Have financial constraints and burdens (i.e. family is eligible to receive free and reduced lunches, cannot fund college attendance without tuition assistance


  • Over 250 rising 9th graders are selected each year

Program Requirements

  • Expected participation in programming including, but not limited to
    • Summer courses lasting 3-6 weeks
    • Mandatory Orientation and other event participation
    • Student/teacher/guardian meetings

Curriculum/Course Selection/Credits Accumulation

  • Students select individual courses that earn them dual credit (high school and college credit simultaneously)
  • Students earn a minimum of 24 college credits during summers and college in the high school courses (CHS) at SHS.
  • Students may take courses in core and elective subject areas

    *Students are able to participate in IB, AVID, BOCES, etc.

How to Apply

For consideration, students must complete and/or submit the following:

  • Application
  • Admissions essay
  • Recommendations
  • Parental consent
  • Student interview

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