REACH is a supplementary academic program offered to Upper School students, who have been evaluated and meet the qualifications as academically advanced or gifted. The program consists of periodic events, trips, and opportunities designed to enrich and support the regular school curriculum. An essential component of each activity is a culminating paper and brief student presentation before a panel (paper and presentation may be a collaborative effort, but by groups of no more than three (3) students.) The program is intended to instill a college level mindset in students while also exposing them to challenging and thought-provoking opportunities they may not have within the regular curriculum.

REACH is for students in grades 7 – 12 who meet the qualifying criteria:

• Score 85th percentile or higher on the OLSAT exam* (Otis-Lennon School Ability Test) AND have a cumulative GPA (grade point average) of 3.5 or higher.

Students in grades 7 – 12 may qualify for REACH at any time. Students enrolled in REACH must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA (grade point average) at the conclusion of each semester grade-reporting period. Students who fail to maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA at the end of each semester grade reporting period will no longer be eligible for the program. Students who lose eligibility in the program may not re-apply for REACH for a full calendar year.

REACH students who participate in and complete the requirements for at least eight (8) activities will receive a special cord and recognition at their high school graduation**, as well as a special Advanced (REACH program) designation on their diploma.

**The Class of 2018 may participate in REACH for their senior year, but no cord or diploma recognition will be provided. The Class of 2019 will only be required to complete six activities for the cord and diploma recognition.

COST

All expenses for each REACH activity will be incurred by the parent/student.
*The OLSAT test administration fee will also be incurred by the parent/student.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

CLICK HERE to complete and submit the REACH application, which should be submitted to the Director of Academics, Dr. Eric Hixson. After completing the application, parents/guardians will be contacted to schedule OLSAT testing. Students will be evaluated through the online version of the OLSAT (Otis-Lenning School Ability Test) for a fee of $10 per test administration. Columbia Academy personnel will calculate the student GPA (grade point average). PLEASE NOTE: All 7th grade students will automatically be tested using the OLSAT for baseline data at the beginning of the school year at no additional charge.

For questions about REACH, please contact Dr. Eric Hixson, Director of Academics.