So, my kid came home today with a big announcement.
A favorite teacher from last year, who recently won a national teaching award, called sozlet and her friend C into her class today. She let them know that they had been nominated for a special honor -- participation in the National Young Scholars program. A week in Washington DC! Wow!
is the Program
The National Young Scholars Program (NYSP) is an exciting and interactive program that unleashes the learning potential within the nation's most promising young students.
Students select the Discovery Strand in which they want to participate. Strands are developed and designed as fully interactive adventures which take our young attendees far beyond the typical classroom experience and invigorate the natural curiosity that is the gift of childhood.
NYSP offers two program options, depending upon location:
Day Program – This five-day option, available in all locations, includes lunch and offers convenient drop-off and pick-up times for working parents.
Residential Program – This six-day option, available in select locations, includes overnight accommodations and all meals.
The Program's curriculum is administered by highly-qualified professional educators who have taught, mentored and guided high-achieving students of all ages for over 25 years. The Program is currently under the leadership of Dr. Marguerite Regan, the Dean of Academic Affairs. Under her direction, the innovative and educational curriculum provides a unique approach to leadership training.
Yay Sozlet, yay C!
We didn't totally get how the teacher was able to just nominate 'em right in without any like essay contest or anything, but we figured it might be related to her recent teaching award.
We read more of the website. We started laughing about how they capitalized Program and insisted on referring to the kids as "scholars." (At one point she was in the other room and I yelled for her and she said "no, my name is Scholar!")
I winced at the tuition ($1500 to $2000 depending on whether it's day or residential). I looked for scholarships. There was a lot about fundraising. I wondered if the school covered it? Some of the wording was ambiguous.
I started thinking this might not be on the up and up, even though the teacher in question is eminently trustworthy.
Did some more research -- yep. Scamarama.
It's not that they take your money and then you show up at an abandoned movie theater, or something. There is an "experience," but it's basically just for anyone who went ahead and ponied up the money, and the experience itself is pretty standard summer camp fare. In D.C., so yay, but still pretty standard.
My cousin-in-law lives in D.C., we can just go visit her this summer and save $2,000 bucks.
The annoying thing though is that sozlet and C were really excited. Understandably.
Stupid scammy scammers.
By the way by reading other reviews of it I expect that botty types will stop by and say how lovely the program was. So I say in advance, don't bother, botty types.