Welcome to Advanced Scholars

What is the Advanced Scholars program?

The Madison Advanced Scholars Program is a rigorous academic and enrichment opportunity offered to students at Madison High School.  The program seeks to challenge students to reach their full potential while at the same time prepare and support them for eventual success in college.  Students will also participate in enrichment activities promoting college options and scholarship opportunities.


Who are our students?

During the fall, Madison Advanced Scholars Program is open to any 10th Grade student who wishes to enter the challenging framework required by the program. The program offers a 3 year commitment, students and mentors stay in the program with their mentor until graduation. Students who successfully complete all components of the program will be granted the Advanced Scholar recognition cord upon graduation.  


What are the student expectations?

Advanced Scholars are expected to meet the following criteria to retain their membership in the program:

  • Maintain at least a 2.75 Grade Point Average at all times during their four years.

  • Maintain at least 85% attendance at all times during their four years.

  • Meet all curricular requirements of the program prior to graduation, including taking at least three  college level courses.  At least two of which must be Advanced Placement (AP) courses.

  • Attend all monthly meetings, students may reach out to their mentor at anytime for more support

  • Complete 5 + hours of service and/or enrichment each semester. (flexible during COVID)

  • Complete and submit a FAFSA senior year.

  • Apply to at least three colleges and three college scholarships (including OSAC).

  • Receive no more than two referrals to the Assistant Principal's office during their four years.  

  • Participate in one + Madison H.S. extracurricular activity other than athletics, and two total, per year. (flexible during COVID)

  • Scholars who struggle with these requirements must attend a parent/scholar/mentor meeting to discuss the possibility of dismissal from the program.


What supports do Scholars get?

Advanced Scholars mentors help students set goals and plan for success.  Mentors may suggest study or literacy strategies, but they are also excellent at pointing students toward other resources on campus or on the internet. 

  • 10th grade groups focus on self development and career research.

  • 11th grade groups focus on study habits, self development, completing graduation requirements, and college research.

  • 12th grade focuses on completing high school with accolades, applying for college/scholarships and or applying for their career path, and turning in their graduation requirements. 

Scholars in AP courses may participate in the Scholars Mentoring AP Peers program (S-MAP), which sets Scholars up with trained AP peer mentors who previously excelled in the same course and passed that exam the previous year. Peer mentors facilitate study groups every two weeks to help Scholars succeed in that AP course.


Susan Russell

Advanced Scholars Coordinator


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