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USC Upstate Scholars Academy Invites Eighth Graders To Apply For 2009-10 School Year

11- 25- 2008

Spartanburg, S.C. - The University of South Carolina Upstate’s Scholars Academy will host two informational sessions for eighth grade students and their parents to learn about an innovative partnership between the University and Spartanburg County public schools that allows students to take advanced high school and college courses while enrolled in high school.  

The informational sessions will be held on Monday, December 15 and Monday, January 12 in the Campus Life Center Ballroom on the USC Upstate campus from 7 to 9 p.m. Here interested students and parents will be able to get the necessary application and recommendation forms, as well as to discuss the program, application process and deadlines for the 2009-10 school year with Scholars Academy administrators. Current Scholars will also share their experiences as students in the second year of the program.  

Each year, the Scholars Academy will allow 25 academically advanced ninth graders to take courses on the USC Upstate campus during their high school years. This program, funded by a $2.6 million grant from the U.S. Secretary of Education No Child Left Behind Act, will enable students to earn, at no cost, as many as 60 college credits upon graduation from high school, potentially saving parents thousands of dollars in college tuition bills.

Under the program, freshman students begin their day at their home high school before being transported to USC Upstate to take core classes together as a group, such as English, American history, math, and biology from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The students then return to their high school campuses for afternoon classes, extracurricular activities and sports. After their first year in the program, students will be blended into classes with college students.

Further information about the program can be found at or by contacting Melissa DeLoach, director of the Scholars Academy, at (864) 503-5506 or