Academic Support

High School Summer College offers academic support services though the Stanford Summer Academic Resource Center (SARC) as well as through classes and programming that have been specially devised for our high school students.


Stanford Summer Academic Resource Center (SARC)

SARC offers academic support services to Stanford students enrolled in the Summer Quarter. SARC comprises of two programs: Summer Tutor Program and Academic Advising.

Summer Tutor Program

The Summer Tutor Program offers FREE academic skills workshops, group tutoring, and individual tutoring to all Summer College students free-of-charge.

Academic Advising

Summer College students also have access to academic advisors, again free-of-charge, prior to the start of the summer quarter. Academic Advisors are available to answer questions about specific courses, course prerequisites, schedule structure, and other academic course-related queries. Academic Advisors can be contacted by email or phone and students may also be able to schedule video-conferencing appointments. The same Academic Advisors are available every weekday throughout the summer.

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College Readiness Courses

The following optional courses are designed to help our Summer College students navigate a successful transition from high school to a university setting:

Working Smarter

Enroll in VPTL 53 (2 units)

The focus here is on strategies and skills in time management, reading, speaking, writing, and test preparation. Students explore learning preferences and develop techniques to optimize their education.

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Writing Well: An Introduction to College Writing

Enroll in PWR 1D (3 units)

Students develop critical reading, writing, and research skills applicable to any area of study. This course emphasizes close reading, analysis of varied texts, development of strong theses, revision strategies, and introduction to research-based argument. Classes are small, encouraging extensive interaction between and among students and instructors. Classes feature discussions of readings, peer work, and individual conferences with instructors. Each section of Writing 1D will have a thematic emphasis developed by the instructor; students choose sections based on their individual interests.

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Academic Support Programming

Regular workshops and co-curricular programs on college readiness and the transition from high school to college life—inside and outside the classroom—are also available for all Summer College students throughout the program. Information regarding these events will be provided after Summer Quarter starts.