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Middle School

Middle School Students

Middle school students focus on ramping up their mathematics and language arts skills to a competitive level, applying to academically rigorous high schools, and beginning to think about what it means to be a college-bound student.

Each year, our middle school students take part in a rigorous 5-week summer session that focuses on strengthening their abilities in math, language arts, science, and technology.

Session days include Math and English classes taught by certified teachers, one-hour elective blocks, teacher facilitated study halls, an Advisory session (where students begin to plan for high school and college), and STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) programs. Rising seventh graders focus on technology; rising eighth graders focus on engineering, and rising ninth graders focus on lab science.

Each Friday during the summer session students are provided an opportunity to focus on college and their future careers.  Unique opportunities during the summer session include:

 Career Day

Local companies and organizations host our students for the day and expose them to what it’s like to work in different career fields. Students have visited Gap, Reed Smith, KQED, UCSF, California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco Chronicle, Razorfish, Jump Associates, PG&E, Google, LinkedIn, DigitasLBi, San Francisco Zoo, Ubisoft, Gordon & Rees, and Wells Fargo.

 College Visits

Our college students lead visits to local colleges and universities to expose our middle school students to life on campus.

 Community Service

Our students give back to the community by volunteering with local service projects such as the Salvation Army, Glide Memorial, San Francisco Food Bank, Crissy Field Ecological Preservation, and many more.

Throughout the school year students receive tutoring and enrichment twice a week between 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM at Everett Middle School and Denman Middle School. Our staff and volunteer tutors help students complete school assignments and improve study skills.

Students meet once each month for Advisory, a volunteer facilitated after-school program that focuses on career and college readiness and preparation. It aims to help students make the connection between the effort that they put into their studies in the present and the long-term benefits of obtaining a college degree.

Selecting the right high school (public or private) is a critical decision for students and their families and the selection and enrollment process can be difficult to navigate, especially for recent immigrant families. Our experienced staff help students (and their families) transition from middle schools to academically rigorous “college prep” high schools. We work closely with high school teachers and administrators to provide the academic and social support our students need to succeed in their challenging new environments.

During their time in middle school, students are exposed to the breadth of career possibilities available to someone with a college degree to expand their thinking about possibilities for the future. Some examples of specific activities are:

 Career Day

This annual event involves more than 100 First Graduate students and a dozen local organizations and companies. On Career Day, students get the opportunity to visit a company site to learn about job opportunities available with a college education through hands-on activities, such as a guided office tour, Q&A session with volunteers, and informational interviews. During summer 2014, students visited: Gap, Inc., Reed Smith, LinkedIn, San Francisco Zoo, Ubisoft, Razorfish, Jump Associates, UCSF, California Academy of Sciences, PG&E, and Wells Fargo.

 First Resumes

As students begin the high school application process, they developed their first resumes, in which they learn how to articulate their academic knowledge, experiences, and skills. Students also use their resume when they apply for various academic programs.