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Summer Initiatives

Summer Institute at Colgate University

Since the summer of 2013, Excellence Community Schools has partnered with Beginning with Children to prepare rising 8th-12th grade students for success in and beyond college by hosting the S.T.E.M. & Shakespeare Institute at Colgate University. Over time, the program has evolved into the S.T.E.M. and Politics Institute, open to rising 7th-9th grade Bronx Excellence scholars and alumni. This week-long immersion exposes scholars to residential and extracurricular activities that deepen understandings of the collegiate experience. Program participants experience what it is like to be a college student and begin to build the social-emotional and scholastic skills required to successfully navigate college. 

Additional Opportunities

Einstein Enrichment Program (EEP)

The Einstein Enrichment Program (EEP) is part of a New York State funded enrichment program called STEP (Science Technology Entry Program). Its mission is to serve minority and economically disadvantaged students (grades 7-12) who have been historically underrepresented in the medical and scientific professions.

The goals of STEP are to facilitate students with interest in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields in gaining entry to and graduation from college and, subsequently, health professions.

Google Code Next

The Code Next, MIT Media Lab collaboration with Google, aims to create a new generation of computer scientists, innovators, and inventors and have them emerge from the underserved 8-12 grades Black and Latinx populations.

Summer on the Hill (SOH)

Summer on the Hill (SOH) has a long-standing tradition of academic success.  Established in 1994 as a summer experience for 21 public school students on the hilltop campus of the Horace Mann School, SOH has developed into a Grades 3-12 year-round program. Each year, SOH works with 250 students in its Grade 3-8 and High School Programs to help them achieve their academic goals.

Summer on the Hill’s mission is to enrich the education of promising, low-income public school students from The Bronx, Washington Heights, and Harlem. We prepare our students for selective schools and colleges, and offer guidance to them and their parents. Summer on the Hill (SOH) provides educational opportunities to accepted students for as long as ten years, from the end of 2nd grade through high school.


STEM & Shakespeare Institute

Past Courses:

  • National STEM Video Game Challenge
  • Coding: Website Development
  • Law: Mock Trial
  • Politics: “Lean in Or Dig Deep”, “Great Political Debates”
  • Personal Development: “Live By Design, Not by Default”
  • Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, Hamlet
  • Personal Finance
  • Investment Portfolio Challenge
  • Astrophysics
  • Relativity
  • Energy and Innovation
  • CAD, Design, Computer Programming and Rapid Prototyping with 3D Printing