African-American Scholars Pledge:As a member of and a Scholar in the African American Scholars Program, I pledge to strive for academic excellence, conduct myself with dignity and respect others as if they were my brothers and sisters. I also commit myself to leading by example and to the best of my abilities serve as a leader and inspiration to my peers.
African-American Scholars Mission Statement:The African American Scholars Program (AASP) at Brookline High School (BHS) is designed to enhance the culture of high achievement among students of color. It is about helping Brookline High School reach its fundamental academic goal, an achievement profile that reflects the diversity of our student body. We intend to identify “high achieving” African – American students and provide them with adult mentors, regularly scheduled intellectual events, and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) preparation.
The African – American Scholars will serve as “inspirational models” for all students at BHS. They will increase the number of students inducted into the National Honor Society (NHS); they will improve achievement on local (MCAS) and national (SAT) standardized tests; and they will gain admission to the most selective colleges and universities in the nation. The AASP will help narrow the achievement gap through the success of its student members, and as Scholars, inspire their peers to emulate their academic achievement.
African-American Scholars Program Requirements:Students who have earned at least a B-average (2.7 GPA) and are responsible citizens of the school community are invited to apply to be Scholars. Invited students will write an essay regarding their desire to participate in the Scholars Program. They must agree to enroll in at least one Honors course.
Student members of AASP are required to attend weekly small group meetings and all Speaker Series event.
Juniors and seniors are also required to attend weekly SAT Prep Classes.
Juniors and seniors are matched with adult mentors from the BHS staff and faculty. Mentors form strong relationships with students, help them with academic work, standardized test preparation, and post high school planning.