Summer Intensive Program

E-mail Contact: siprogram@bergen.edu

The Summer Intensive College-Readiness Program identifies students in the 11th and 12th grades who are not likely to be college ready at the end of high school. For students who do not achieve a college ready score in English/Language Arts and/or Mathematics, the Summer Intensive Program provides a diagnostic assessment that identifies those areas of weakness that students must address to develop the necessary skills to be considered college ready. In addition, a transition program is provided, based on the results of the diagnostic assessment, to address those learning outcomes necessary for a student to achieve college ready skills. Students will be enrolled in a Math or English developmental education course and begin their accelerated developmental course sequence taught by Bergen Community College Math and English faculty. In addition to the accelerated course, the Summer Intensive Program also will engage students in a holistic curriculum designed to enhance the students’ academic and intellectual achievements, career and professional growth, leadership maturation, and civic engagement skills.

The Summer Intensive Program offers a college-level College Success course for students to earn college credit taught by Bergen Community College faculty and instructors who assume the same level of commitment and involvement from Summer Intensive students that they do from all college students. The College Success class is a six-week intensive 3-credit course that the student takes over the summer before they begin college. The credits students earn will count towards the student’s degree at Bergen Community College and can be transferred to undergraduate programs at many other universities. The College Success course is of no cost to the student. The grade students earn will be placed on their official transcript and provide students the ability to establish a cumulative grade point average before their first semester at Bergen and the opportunity for a strong beginning to their academic career.