The Academy for Scholastic and Personal Success prepares students for life in the real world

When Glorie Borsay enrolled in the Academy for Scholastic and Personal Success at the beginning of her sophomore year of high school, she thought it would be nothing more than summer school. She didn’t expect to meet so many new people and develop friendships, to the point where “everybody became family,” she said. Kendall Dooley, 17, a junior at Kennedy High School, had heard about the academy from his brother who took part in the program. “From the experience from my brother, it kind of seemed like black people getting together learning black things,” Dooley said. “It seemed like another history class. Then I went there, and we talked about social issues and I’m like ‘Where did this come from? because we don’t talk about this in school, we don’t do this and that in school.’” Borsay and Dooley are two students who have taken part in the six-week summer session through the Academy for Scholastic and Personal Success. The academy, which works to help students of color “toward productive citizenship through cultural awareness and educational achievement,” marks its 25th anniversary this year. The program is focused on students of color entering grades nine through twelve. At the conclusion of the six-week course, students take a trip designed to increase their cultural knowledge. Students say the academy helps them grow personally and academically, while challenging them to excel in school by taking Advanced Placement classes, for example. During her time as a student at the academy, Borsay became more comfortable speaking in front of others. As part of a language arts course, she read plays and took turn reading…