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SPARKS PROGRAM
(FOR 6th - 8th Graders)

Work with an experienced counselor to maximize your student's potential throughout your middle school years.

The Sparks Program is a middle school counseling program that will help your student gain the confidence and skills to pursue your academic and extracurricular goals. 

 

  • During 6th grade, your student will be introduced to the never ending possibilities of fascinating careers they can pursue.

  • During 7th grade, your student will create their own goals to join fun clubs, volunteer, plan summer activities, and more!

 

  • During 8th grade, students solidify what their passions are, so your student and their counselor can tailor their activities and academics. Your student will be ahead of the curve and ready to conquer High School, already on their way to building a competitive and unique profile for selective college admissions ahead.

The Sparks Program occurs each year September through May for 6th-8th graders, but students can join any time!

Registration for incoming middle school students (Fall 2023) is now open!

Benefits of the
Sparks Program

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1:1 Counseling

Work with your own Sparks counselor

Course Selection

Receive guidance on choosing classes based on your academic curiosities and strengths.

Extracurricular Selection

Discover enjoyable activities that will set you apart from other students

Career/Academic Exploration

Investigate potential career fields to determine what classes and activities to take part in

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5 Essential Early Skills™

Improve study and time management skills as well as grow into a more independent and self-driven person with great social and leadership abilities

Application Help

Receive help polishing applications for summer programs and private/boarding schools

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Pinpoint your academic passions.
 

“What careers can my favorite classes turn into?”

“How can I explore my academic skills outside of school?”

“How should I spend my summer?”

“What are my strengths?”



Along each step of the way, counselors will discuss with your student on how to stay motivated towards their goals.

Personalize your extracurriculars.

Once students communicates their interests with their counselors, counselors will then help them search for opportunities to create a unique profile. From volunteering, to clubs, to independent projects, each student will cultivate a distinctive profile.

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Set Your Student Up for Success.
 
Assistance isn't limited to just schooling-- counselors will also help your child master the 5 Essential Early Skills™. This includes time management skills, study skills, organizational skills, social/leadership skills, independence/self-initiative skills-- Skills that set your student up for academic, personal, and interpersonal success through high school and beyond.


 

Structure of the Sparks Program

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Join

Anytime

Students can join at any point during 6th-8th grade.

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Enriching

Homework

Students complete two assignments each month on academic/career options and The 5 Essential Early Skills™ exercises. As a result, students become more reflective individuals.

 Monthly 1:1

Meetings

Student's personal counselor meets with them and their parents one-on-one to discuss the student’s homework, strategize new activities, assess student progress, and answer any questions.

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Monthly Reading

Circle

Students read an article each month that explores a different career field. Counselors lead interactive discussions with students, explaining how to pursue each career.

Gloria Su

Admitted to:
Harvard, UPenn, Dartmouth, Cornell & Brown University

Berkeley2 Academy has the wealth of resource. Through a little push, I increased my SAT scores allowing me to have a greater change in being admitted to the Ivies. the counselors also helped me to be productive and to be on tops of things, which was really helpful.