Quantum Academy is designed to immerse high school seniors and new and returning college students in activities that open their eyes to what they need to succeed in college and beyond. In building habits for success students participate in team activities, workshops, dialogue, and personal reflection, and gain awareness and strategies on how to successfully navigate their college years and build a solid foundation for their career and life beyond the campus. A prime focus of this program—that comes into play in most of the following areas—is the development by students of a personal growth plan and clearly defined action steps.
Students gain brain-friendly study strategies that will guide their success in college. Through Quantum Writing students will distinguish between how to work with academic writing and carry the skills over to professional writing for resumes, cover letters, and interview writing samples. Quantum Reading will explore how to improve reading speed and comprehension to support the high academic load that comes in the college environment. These skills and strategies support students in high school, college, and the professional work environment.
Personal insights are the norm at SuperCamp and are emphasized at Quantum Academy. We help students build self-confidence and motivation and teach them the value of strong relationships. Through roundtable discussions and guest speakers students learn about time management, the decision-making process, personal finances, and navigating changes that come with graduating high school and moving into the world. We inspire students to value themselves and to believe in their ability to excel in all areas of their lives.
Forbes magazine states that the top three traits that employers seek in job candidates are the ability to work with a team, the ability to make decisions and solve problems, and the attributes of a positive and impactful leader. Quantum Academy develops these traits through focus on creative thinking, goal-setting, problem-solving, team building, and collaboration. Returning Quantum Academy participants can join the Mentor Track, which enables campers to mentor others while honing their personal leadership style.
Breaking through self-imposed personal fears and limitations is a vital learning and growth experience for students. Topics include risk-taking, trust, and setting goals that reflect personal values and beliefs. Students participate in a powerful barrier-breaking activity that produces strong feelings that they are capable of overcoming obstacles and doing anything they set their mind to.
The 8 Keys of Excellence are integrated into all aspects of the Quantum Academy program. These Keys teach students to match their behavior with their values, learn from their mistakes, speak honestly and kindly, make the most of every moment, make their dreams happen, take responsibility for their actions, be flexible, and live their best life. When students embrace these principles, they are inspired to strive for personal excellence. We progress through this process with self-assessment activities, visualization of best self, and designing optimal personal and professional goals.
We believe that learning must be fun to be effective. At Quantum Academy we utilize research-based educational practices to create a joyful and engaging learning environment. We include music, fun activities, entertaining skits, and energetic games—students participate in their learning at Quantum Academy, they don’t just observe! We know that when learning is meaningful, memorable, and joyful, students learn, grow, and excel.
6:30 Optional run/walk
7:00 Wake up
7:30 – 8:30 Breakfast
8:30 – 12:30 Morning session*
12:30 – 1:30 Lunch
1:30 – 3:00 Unstructured time
3:00 – 5:30 Afternoon session*
5:30 – 6:30 Dinner
6:30 – 8:30 Evening session*
8:30 – 9:30 Closing session including some or all of the following:
10:30 Lights out
* Music and fun learning activities permeate all sessions and breaks are regularly provided. Times and activities may vary.
All students at Quantum Academy (QA) focus on their future and next steps for that future. Students range in age from those going into their senior year of high school to those currently attending college. Participants also include some who are taking a gap year and some who dropped out of college and plan to go back.
High school seniors focus on the steps for choosing a college and what it takes to get into the college of their choice. Those about to enter college focus on what to expect and successful habits to develop right at the start of their freshman year. Students already in college learn more about themselves and how to maximize their success in college. QA helps all participants focus on their interests and direction and gives them skills and strategies that support and motivate them to excel.
SuperCamp has a 35-year track record of creating a safe, secure environment for participants. It is our #1 priority. The nature of our team-building exercises guarantees that students will immediately feel supported by staff and will quickly form close bonds with other students. This supports students in fully participating and having the courage to explore and express themselves.
Students are assigned to teams, headed by a team leader. Among other responsibilities, team leaders supervise and support the students on their teams and live in the same residence halls. Male and female students and staff are housed on separate floors or wings.
In all our programs, we use Quantum Learning methods to create a safe, supportive, fun, and inspiring environment aligned with what we know from brain research. We build curiosity and a sense of belonging, we get inside our students’ world and build rapport, and we use strategies that reach all students and enhance their learning.
In a joyful interactive learning atmosphere, we teach students HOW to learn—skills and strategies that can be applied to any subject—building confidence and motivation. We help students understand the science behind how the brain processes information and identify how they learn best. We also guide students in building a positive sense of self and teach them the value of strong relationships. As we artfully orchestrate all of these elements, students experience mini-success moments that build confidence, create a shift in their attitude, and inspire and empower them to excel.