Stamford Achieves Launches Beyond Limits Scholars Program

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Michael S. Fernandes, assistant superintendent for secondary schools, speaks to middle school students and their families about the transition to high school at the “Beyond Limits Scholars Program” orientation on June 9.
Michael S. Fernandes, assistant superintendent for secondary schools, speaks to middle school students and their families about the transition to high school at the “Beyond Limits Scholars Program” orientation on June 9. Photo Credit: Jack Rosenfeld

STAMFORD, Conn. – Stamford Achieves, a nonprofit organization that serves as an advocate for student achievement in Stamford Public Schools, is launching its pilot Beyond Limits Scholars Program on Monday, Aug. 18, at the University of Connecticut’s Stamford campus.

The program is designed to support students entering high school who are unprepared for the academic and social challenges that come with the advancement.

BLSP will focus on basic skills training and provide exposure to school and district support resources.

“The concept behind the BLSP is personalization,” said Michael Fernandes, assistant superintendent for secondary schools and chair of the HSCAC.

“Along with their parents, the BLSP will educate students about their high school experience, and provide them with ‘go to’ resources for academic success, like individual and small group meetings, peer mentoring, and special events, to give meaningful connections and support for their transition to high school.”

About 30 students from Stamford’s middle schools are registered to participate in the free weeklong pilot program. Students were selected by a committee of middle school principals, guidance counselors and teachers, and completed an application, a program agreement and an interview at their middle school.

The BLSP curriculum includes topics such as organization and time management, study and research skills, and career exploration.

Participants who finish the weeklong program in August will be provided with additional academic, social and emotional support throughout the 2014-15 freshman year.

Participation by Stamford Achieves in the High School Call to Action Committee served as motivation for this new program.

Thomas Pereira, Dean of Students of Westhill High School, and other teachers and guidance counselors hired by Stamford Achieves will oversee the program.

For more information about the Beyond Limits Scholars Program, including information for businesses and individuals interested in providing resources or partnering with Stamford Achieves, contact Andy Sklover, director of education and advocacy, at blsp@stamfordachieves.org or call 203-561-5631.

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