Enrichment Programs (EP), or out of school learning opportunities, add breadth and depth to the student learning experience; additionally, EP programs empower students to pursue personal and academic goals beyond the South Bronx while also sharing and integrating this knowledge into their community.
BCSM takes a holistic approach to EP selection by academic year; generally, there are three types of program offerings: academic (local or college immersion), leadership (programs designed to motivate students to reach their full potential), and travel (summer travel abroad programs for rising seniors). Modeled after successful programs such as Sponsors for Educational Opportunity’s (SEO) Scholars Program, the aim is to involve all BCSM students in at least one in school or local academic program and one leadership/travel/or college immersion (out of the city) program by senior year. Overall, the goal is to have students engaged in some type of learning opportunity after school based on their interest and need; special emphasis will be placed on summer programs for rising juniors and seniors to prevent summer melt ~ a well documented time when students enter academic inertia. Not being in school is no excuse for not learning, particularly when there is an academic achievement gap.