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8-Week Virtual Classes for Current High School Students to Develop Critical College Academic Skills

College-level courses put significant demands on students’ critical academic skills — including more essays, longer projects, in-depth research, and complex math. For students who struggle in one or more areas of their coursework, this academic transition can have a negative effect on their grades, mental health, and adjustment to college life.

Our 8-week online Introduction to College Academics courses provide current high school juniors and seniors with a dedicated small-class setting to develop the skills needed to plan and execute college-level assignments in reading, writing, and mathematics.

Students participate in weekly live, online courses plus hands-on activities and independent self-study to learn and perform each stage of the process. By the end of this course, each student will have completed a physical piece of work relevant to their current high school studies.

Please note: these courses are not offered for college credit. 

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2024–2025 Course Options

Introduction to College Reading (Fall)

September 23 – November 11, 2024

With guided lessons and holistic reading comprehension exercises, students learn to build critical reading skills needed for success in college classes. Students are introduced to a wide variety of college-level texts — textbooks, novels, articles, and primary sources — and new strategies to enhance global reading skills.

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Introduction to College Majors Research (Fall)

October 14 – December 18, 2024

In this class, students begin to explore college majors and career paths through hands-on research, building their critical thinking, evaluation and summarization skills.

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Introduction to College Writing (Spring)

Schedule to be announced

Through direct coaching and hands-on practice, students build academic readiness in key reading and writing skills throughout the writing process. From developing their thesis statement and beginning to research, through the process of organizing and structuring their work, all the way to citing sources, concluding, and revising — students learn critical strategies for their college academic success.

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Introduction to College Mathematics (Spring)

Schedule to be announced

Nearly half of all college students fail freshmen math. But nearly all Beacon students complete their math requirements! This course introduces students to key mathematic strategies and the essential skills needed to be successful in college math. You must have successfully completed geometry in high school to select this course.

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Costs & Discounts

1 Course 2 Courses3 Courses4 Courses
Per Course$500$450$400$350
Total Cost$500$900$1,200$1,550

Registration Deadlines

Registration is available until the class is full or up to one week after the course begins.

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Who Should Participate

These courses are designed for current high school juniors and seniors. Students do not earn college credit.

Choosing the Right Program

Center for College Readiness

Do you have a question? Get in touch with the Center for College Readiness at admissions@beaconcollege.edu, or call 855-220-5376 (toll-free).