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Curious Minds - A WCATY Summer: By the Numbers

A WCATY Summer: By the Numbers


From hundreds of engaging discussions and real-world academic experiences, to non-stop residential activities and bonding dorm time, WCATY’s Summer 2014 was an unforgettable experience for everyone involved. 

Our 2014 Summer Program enrollment grew by 5 percent over 2013, drawing 357 students from 13 states and four countries. What’s more, 89 percent said they would like to participate again next year! 

WCATY’s three residential academic camps—the Accelerated Learning Program (ALP), the Summer Transitional Enrichment Program (STEP), and the Young Students Summer Program (YSSP)—offered 29 different classes. And in exit interviews, students shared sentiments such as “this camp truly changes lives,” and “I have been inspired by the potential I’ve seen in myself and in so many other people here.” Another student told us, “I love WCATY because it offers a real challenge.”

Thanks to a scholarship fund of $109,945, a total of 73 students attended a WCATY Summer Program on a full or partial scholarship. Said one scholarship student, “I would like to give back to WCATY someday by donating to WCATY so other youths who enjoy learning can have a great intellectual and social experience there.”

According to exit survey data, 98 percent of students rated the program they attended “Excellent” or “Good.” A total of 93 percent said they became more knowledgeable as a result of the program, and 90 percent said they achieved their main goals and enjoyed being in an academically challenging environment.

Participants included 138 students new to WCATY and 16 WCATY alumni who returned as either instructional or residential assistants.

Ola Skyba is a co-director of WCATY.