What is CAMPUS?
CAMPUS is an academic and college preparation program designed to meet the specific needs of historically underrepresented students and first generation college students in Loudoun County. CAMPUS started as a Guidance Services initiative in the spring 2002 and is now projected to serve approximately 400 selected students in grades 9-12. Students apply in the spring of their eighth grade year or during the fall of grades 10-12. CAMPUS seeks to provide support and encouragement to students who demonstrate the ability to achieve academic success and college admission. Students commit to attending mandatory CAMPUS meetings or classes during the school day and attending CAMPUS activities throughout the year. Parents are also an intergral part of CAMPUS and its success. Parents are expected to participate in CAMPUS intitiatives and support their children in the college search and application process. Graduation from college is the measure of CAMPUS’ success.
CAMPUS supports students through:
- Academic enrichment and support
- Development of self advocacy skills
- Mentorship opportunities
- College and Scholarship preparation
- Careful course selection
- Community service projects and activities
Any student can apply to CAMPUS. Students apply to the program either in the spring of their eighth grade year, or if space is available, during the first few weeks of 9th-11th grade. Application packets can be obtained from the 8th grade school counselor at each middle or high school. Students must submit a complete application, including a writing sample and two teacher recommendations. Students are selected based on the following critera:
- Potential aptitude for post -secondary education
- Leadership skills
- Demonstrated interest in advanced topics
- Current or previous standardized test measures
Strong Consideration is given to students who:
- Will be the first in their family to graduate from a college or university
- Come from a single parent family
- Come from a non-or limited English speaking family
- May be considered socio-economically disadvantaged
CAMPUS Students at George Mason's Alcanza College Fair, October 2018About Freedoms CAMPUSQuestions concerning the program should be directed to the school counseling department at 703-957-4307.