The Oliver Scholars Program works with an extensive number of New York City junior high and intermediate schools (public, charter and parochial) as well as community-based youth service organizations to identify the highly motivated and academically talented seventh graders of African American and Latino descent for admission to The Oliver Scholars Program.
- Candidates generally have a minimum junior high school grade average of 90% or above, score excellently on citywide reading and math tests, and are in the top 10% of their class.
- Candidates undergo an intensive and highly competitive admissions process that includes:
- a formal nomination and recommendation from their junior high schools
- submission of a six part family application, a critical expository essay, and a writing sample
- a pre-test of the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT)
- individual and group interviews
- a five-week intensive summer immersion program
Oliver staff members are available throughout the application process to help and guide applicants and their families.