Scholar Immersion Program Admissions

Middle School Placement Program (Pilot)

In 2017 and 2018, Oliver Scholars conducted a two-year pilot program to recruit, prepare, and support exceptional fourth grade students for placement and success at top schools in and around New York City. Placement was limited to day schools for rising fifth and sixth graders. Two cohorts have been placed and Oliver will continue supporting those Scholars through college.
At this time, the two-year pilot is not accepting additional students. However students in seventh grade are welcome to apply to our High School Placement Program.

Eligibility

Students in fourth grade are welcome to apply only if they are from Districts 4, 5, 6, or 7, as defined by the New York City Department of Education.

Fourth grade candidates must meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • Attend school in Districts 4, 5, 6, or 7
  • Identify as Black and/or Latino
  • Have a grade point average (GPA) of 90 percent or higher in third grade in core subjects, with no grade lower than an 85 percent in any subject
  • Attain a raw score of 320 or higher on the NYS Standardized ELA exam, if applicable
  • Attain a raw score of 320 or higher on the NYS Standardized STM (Math) exam, if applicable
  • Demonstrate leadership potential through school involvement

Nominations

Parents, teachers, and counselors may nominate a fourth grader for Oliver Scholars. Students may also nominate themselves. The deadline for nominations is in February. School administrators who wish to nominate more than 20 candidates may contact us at admissions@oliverscholars.org for further assistance.)

Nominated students and their families will be invited to attend one of Oliver's Admissions Information Meetings, which will take place from November through March. This is an important opportunity to learn more about the different program components, as well as the level of commitment necessary from both students and families to ensure success throughout. Attendance at an Admissions Information Meeting is required prior to applying to the program.



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Eligibility

Students in fourth grade are welcome to apply only if they are from Districts 4, 5, 6, or 7, as defined by the New York City Department of Education.

Fourth grade candidates must meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • Attend school in Districts 4, 5, 6, or 7
  • Identify as Black and/or Latino
  • Have a grade point average (GPA) of 90 percent or higher in third grade in core subjects, with no grade lower than an 85 percent in any subject
  • Attain a raw score of 320 or higher on the NYS Standardized ELA exam, if applicable
  • Attain a raw score of 320 or higher on the NYS Standardized STM (Math) exam, if applicable
  • Demonstrate leadership potential through school involvement

Nominations

Parents, teachers, and counselors may nominate a fourth grader for Oliver Scholars. Students may also nominate themselves. The deadline for nominations is in February. School administrators who wish to nominate more than 20 candidates may contact us at admissions@oliverscholars.org for further assistance.)

Nominated students and their families will be invited to attend one of Oliver's Admissions Information Meetings, which will take place from November through March. This is an important opportunity to learn more about the different program components, as well as the level of commitment necessary from both students and families to ensure success throughout. Attendance at an Admissions Information Meeting is required prior to applying to the program.



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Scholar nominations

The deadline to nominate a student to be an Oliver Scholar is in February. The process is competitive: In 2017-18, Oliver received close to 1,200 nominations for only 100 spots.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Am I a good fit for Oliver Scholars?

An ideal candidate excels academically, is involved in a range of extracurricular activities, is eager to be a leader, and understands the value of community service. Oliver provides support and academic enrichment that prepares our Scholars for success in competitive independent school, college, and professional environments. Oliver offers Scholars continuous support throughout middle school or high school, to ensure they succeed at their independent schools, and to give them the tools they need to matriculate into the college that best fits their talents and interests.

Do you help with the independent school application process?

Yes! We provide one-on-one counseling for families during the placement process, and also host regular workshops to educate families on financial aid and independent school life. Equally important are the strong ties we cultivate with almost 80 partner schools, working closely with them to open the doors to opportunity for our scholars.

How do I apply to Oliver Scholars?
Parents, teachers, and counselors may nominate candidates who meet the eligibility requirements during the fall of seventh grade. Motivated students may also nominate themselves. The deadline to submit nominations for Oliver's 2018-2019 cycle is January 15, 2019. Students must be nominated before they receive an invitation to apply for admission.
How much does it cost to be an Oliver Scholar?

Oliver Scholars is a free program for students. We rely on contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations to fund all of our programming.

What is the time commitment to be an Oliver Scholar?

Students accepted into Oliver are required to participate in our 14-month Scholar Immersion and Placement (SIP) program. SIP is designed to develop the academic, social, and leadership skills each Scholar needs to thrive in an independent school environment, as well as to prepare them to successfully gain admission to a top independent school.

SIP consists of a five-week summer program (Summer Program I) between seventh and eighth grades, including one week at a boarding school, weekly classes during eighth grade, and a second five-week summer program (Summer Program II), including one week at a boarding school, between eighth and ninth grades.

Summer Program I is an intensive five-week preparatory course specifically designed to develop the academic and social skills of rising eighth graders. The program is held at a local independent day school for the first four weeks; the final week is held in-residence at a boarding school.

During eighth grade, students take weekend classes and attend leadership and career-oriented events. Students are guided through the independent-school application and interview process, and are prepared to excel academically and socially in an independent school environment.

Rising ninth graders participate in a second five-week summer program. The program emphasizes strong academic, social, and leadership skills that together help ensure a successful transition to life at an independent school.

Candidates accepted to be part of Oliver must complete the entire SIP program. By completing this program, the student is prepared for the challenges that lie ahead when enrolled at a leading independent school. Successful completion of the program requires good attendance, strong academic standing, proven motivation, a strong desire to learn, as well as a positive attitude.