Students who have already proven they can make good grades may wish to set even higher goals like advanced placement, maybe even a national merit scholarship.

And the Savannah Chatham School System's Department of Gifted and Advanced Learning is geared up to help.

The Department of Gifted and Advanced Learning is offering two Pre- AP Summer Institutes:  Junior University and the AP Scholars Academy. The goal of the summer institutes is to encourage student learning at high levels which will ultimately lead to an increased number of Advanced Placement students and National Merit Scholars from our Savannah-Chatham County Public School System.

Junior University is for rising 5th, 6th, and 7th graders. They will offer academic enrichment in the following four areas: Writing, math, Study Skills, and Computer Instruction. In order to expose the students to the world of higher academics and the world of professional work, the program will include field trips to local universities as well as guest speakers from local industry. Junior University will be held from Monday through Thursday for two weeks at Savannah Arts Academy. The operating hours will be from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. beginning June 22, 2009 and ending on July 2, 2009. They will have a Parent Night on June 30th in order to receive parent input and share the summer program with our parent and school community. At the Parent Night meeting, parents will have the opportunity to complete a program survey so they can evaluate the program and continue to meet the needs of the school community.

The AP Scholars Academy will be held at Armstrong Atlantic State University from July 6th until July 10th.  The sessions will target students taking Advanced Placement (AP) classes for the first time in the fall of the 2009-10 school year.  Classes will be offered in AP English, AP U.S. History, AP Calculus and AP Human Geography. Each subject area will be offered twice - Session A from 8:30- 11:30 and Session B from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Students may attend a morning or an afternoon session, or they may attend one subject area session in the morning and a different one in the afternoon.  All of our instructors are AP certified teachers currently teaching AP courses in their respective disciplines. Course instruction will combine academic enrichment with practical and proven AP skill strategies to support the students as they enroll in the SCCPSS AP program for the first time.

For more information go to the SCCPPS website at and click on "Summer Programs" which appear on the front page of the home page

Or contact John Sutlive @ 395-1243 for additional questions.