QUANTUM ACADEMY – COLLEGE SUMMER PROGRAM
Duration: 7 Days
Location: University of San diego
Quantum Academy is a customized program developed for incoming high school seniors and new or returning college students. It focuses on the skills needed to successfully transition to life after high school and college. Throughout Quantum Academy, participants will develop a personal growth plan outlining their goals, action steps, and support systems for success. Participants learn how to navigate the important next steps around time management, creating positive and productive life habits, living with roommates, social stressors, and strategies that support personal and academic growth. Blending all of this with team building, communication tools, and fun makes Quantum Academy an impactful experience for students to prepare for life after graduation.
Our key areas of focus are the following:
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. Students learn about time management, the decision-making process 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.
7 DAY PROGRAM - OVERVIEW
Students are either met at the airport by our staff or are brought to registration by their parents. After registration students and parents say goodbye as the students are welcomed into activities that get them interacting with other campers and staff immediately. The program gets off to a great start with activities designed to challenge students to discover their values and define
what’s meaningful and important in their lives. They learn the power of incorporating an internal guidance system by adopting The 8 Keys of Excellence which builds strong character and guides their decisions. Students identify their “driving force” and explore the potential in their lives if they commit to what is meaningful to them and truly work toward their best self.
Students are equipped with skills on how to be more present and resourceful while navigating the college and career world. They begin creating their personal growth plan and learn the steps necessary toward developing a successful and enriched life. Later in the day they get a chance to explore how to thrive and the power that their beliefs have in achieving long lasting results. The day ends with an experience that allows the students to focus on their future and take their next powerful step to break through obstacles that have been holding them back.
Students learn a valuable process that will allow them to increase their reading speed and comprehension. Later, they attend their first college and career preparation roundtable and learn time management skills and smart decision-making that will benefit their physical and emotional health. The evening session will provide an experience related to the power of words and speaking with honest and kind intentions
Outdoor Adventure Day is experienced as a metaphor of life. Students challenge themselves to move way out of their comfort zones in a safe physical environment, where teammates/friends hold the safety lines and cheer each other on to success. As participants find the inner courage to step out onto a high wire and climb to the top of a pole, they start to experience a new level of confidence. In the evening, students share their “I can do it” breakthroughs. The evening concludes with a powerful reflection and expressions session.
Students dive deep into their personal growth plan and continue to learn the power of mentorship and how to choose and learn from appropriate mentors. They will go through Quantum Strategies which will provide them with skills that they can directly implement and receive greater results academically. Later, the second college and career roundtable discussion focuses on navigating the changes that are so prevalent during this stage of their lives. In the evening session they spend time in deep reflection about their current actions and what connection they may or may not have with their values.
Students begin to finalize their personal growth plan. They learn brain-friendly study strategies that will allow them to be more effective in college. The last roundtable discussion covers effective resume preparation, interviewing, and skills sought by employers. In the evening session, they participate in a powerful activity that challenges them mentally to see the value in letting go of control and trusting that they have the power within themselves to accomplish what they set out to do.
The students have been on a journey that has allowed them to learn and grow academically and personally. Today they present the personal growth plans they’ve worked on throughout the program, and make a commitment to their next steps. Parents are invited to experience the atmosphere of SuperCamp and join in the celebration of growth.
Program FAQs – Quantum Academy
All students at Quantum Academy (QA) focus on their future and next steps for that future. Students range 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.
SuperCamp has a 40 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.