"Parents are a must to make the mission of the Elon Academy a success. I will always be eternally grateful to and for the Elon Academy." - Beta Class parent
The Elon Academy recognizes that family support is important to a scholar's academic success. The Elon Academy Family network and the Elon Academy Family Council were created to assist families with learning about college access and success by becoming active participants in the program. Elon Academy families provide valuable feedback on all aspects of the program and assist with planning and implementation of family events.
Elon Academy Families
When scholars are accepted into the Elon Academy, all family members become part of the Elon Academy Family network. The Elon Academy staff hosts four programs each year for the families, during the September, November, February, and April Saturday Programs. These programs are designed to help family members identify ways to support their scholars in making college a reality. Family programs include information related to college access and success and cover topics such as building the college resume, understanding standardized tests, and financial literacy. These family sessions are tailored to include information relevant to their scholar’s year in school. Parents of high school sophomores receive basic information about college terms and concepts and designing a competitive high school class schedule, while parents of high school juniors learn about the importance of standardized testing and making the most of a college campus visit. Parents of high school seniors learn how to compare financial aid award letters and receive one-on-one help to complete the FAFSA. Session presenters are experts in their field and include staff of the Alamance-Burlington School System, Elon University faculty and staff, and educators from other high schools and universities. The Elon Academy staff works to ensure that sessions are informative and interactive so that families leave with a greater understanding of the pathways to college and feel empowered as they support their scholar on their journey.
The Elon Academy staff also invites the Elon Academy Family network to campus for various special programs during the year, such as athletic events, cultural events, and luncheons. These programs create environments where families can better connect with each other and help families feel more comfortable on a college or university campus. Resources
for families are available on our website.
Elon Academy Family Council
The Elon Academy Family Council is comprised of three to four families from each cohort of Elon Academy scholars. The Family Council serves as an advisory group to represent the voices of all Elon Academy families. The Council assists with the planning, implementation, and evaluation of Elon Academy programs and services.
The Family Council represents a diverse and diligent group of individuals who are instrumental to the success of the Elon Academy. Each year the Elon Academy Family Council:
Holds two meetings to assist with the planning, implementation, and evaluation of family programs
Organizes a holiday luncheon in December for all scholars and family members
Represents the Elon Academy at information sessions to assist with the recruitment of scholars
Provides support to parents and guardians of the new cohort of scholars and families by speaking at the Elon Academy Orientation Day
The Elon Academy Family Council continues to grow as the staff selects more parents and guardians to be part of this program. Each academic year, three to four families are added to the Elon Academy Family Council.