Scholar Life Cycle

First
Year
Summer 1
  • Every student who applies receives a letter stating the disposition of their application usually by the end of June. Students who are admitted become active in the fall.
  • Before becoming active, in August new PUB Scholars must take the Iowa Test of Educational Development (ITED) to identify the grade level (year & month) at which he/she is performing and the Learning and Study Strategies Inventory for High School (LASSI-HS). Assessment dates are announced each year.

Academic Year 1
  • Attend mandatory New Student Academic Year Orientation with a parent. (A fall orientation is held every year because the student’s schedule changes from year to year.)
  • Twice monthly Saturday Academies focus on ACT prep until 2nd semester of 11th grade.
  • Students are expected to attend after-school College Club once weekly for 2 hours for Study Skills, tutoring, and assistance with class projects.
  • Every PUB Scholar meets with the Project Advisor for a Student Success Planning (SSP) meeting to establish academic, social, cultural, and career goals and action plans so that Scholars have a focus for their efforts. The process identifies the roles that the Scholar, Parent, and PUB will play in achieving the goals.
  • All PUB Scholars must create a portfolio that includes a genealogy, resume, transcript, and certificates and awards.
  • One Saturday Academy annually is designated for College/Career Day where the focus is on an activity that enhances Scholars’ preparation for college and careers.
  • After a Scholar has been active for 60 days, he/she becomes eligible to receive a stipend. The first stipend paid will be retroactive to his/her first entry date and is distributed at the monthly PUB Club group meeting at school with the Project Advisor.
  • Community Service is done on Saturdays in November, December, and February.
  • First practice ACT to identify where further enrichment is needed.
  • Another ITED is taken at the end of the school year to measure academic progress that has occurred since the August ITED.
Second
Year
Summer 2
  • Attend mandatory Summer Academy orientation w/parent.
  • Enroll in first residential Summer Academy – live on campus, attend classes, dining etiquette training, performances, field trip, earn extended trip (A/B honor roll, no absences, at least 80 behavior points).
  • Earn a stipend to be received in a lump sum at the end of Summer Academy.
  • ITED to measure academic progress that has been made over the summer.

Academic Year 2
  • Orientation, College Club, Saturday Academies, PUB Club/Stipends.
  • Portfolio and SSP updates; College/Career Day; Community Service.
  • Practice ACT, ITED.
  • Scholar takes a Career Occupational Preference Survey (COPS) to identify career options that would be good fits for his/her personal characteristics, skills, and interests.
Third
Year
Summer 3
  • Early College Program (ITA) or
  • PUB refers appropriate Scholars to residential summer programs at other colleges or
  • Scholar spends second Summer Academy at OU if needed or
  • Work 

Academic Year 3
  • Orientation, College Club, Saturday Academies, PUB Club/Stipends.
  • Portfolio and SSP updates; College/Career Day; Community Service.
  • Practice ACT, post-ITED.
  • Juniors stay in ACT Prep during Saturday Academy until taking the MME/ACT. 
  • After taking the MME/ACT, juniors go into College Seminar (which is their Early Summer Academy) and continue to come every Saturday for 6 weeks. 
  • Select juniors are chosen to attend State Student Leadership Summit.
Fourth
Year
Summer 4
  • Select rising seniors are chosen to attend National Student Leadership Congress.
  • Early College Program (ITA) or
  • PUB sends well-behaved Scholars to residential summer programs at other colleges or
  • Work or spend family time before going away to college.

Academic Year 4
  • Orientation, College Club, Saturday Academies, PUB Club/Stipends.
  • Portfolio and SSP updates; College/Career Day; Community Service, Final ITED.
  • Senior Seminar: 
    • Write college essay
    • Submit Applications: college, financial aid, and scholarships (waivers provided)
    • Translate hard copy portfolio into electronic portfolio
  • Select seniors go to Regional Student Leadership Conference.
  • Exit Interview with Project Advisor.
  • PUB Graduation ceremony/banquet (certificate & honor cord) with parents.