"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. To encourage each family's active participation and ensure that they are receiving information in the language in which they are most comfortable, Spanish interpretation is provided at all major family programs and events. Resources for families are also available on our website.
Elon Academy Families
When scholars are accepted into the Elon Academy, all family members become part of the Elon Academy Family network. Family support and participation in programming is valued and encouraged and will ensure that scholars receive the maximum benefit of their Elon Academy experience. Opportunities for families to be involved in their scholar's college journey with the Elon Academy exists both during the academic year and during the summer program. The Elon Academy staff hosts four programs each academic year for families, during the September, December, February, and April Saturday Programs. These programs are designed to help family members identify ways to support their scholar in making college a reality. Family programs include information related to college access and success and cover topics such as the importance of course selection and extracurricular involvement, stress-relief and emotional stability, 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 colleges and universities. The Elon Academy staff work 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 summer program allows time for a more individualized review of a scholar's coursework and grades from the previous school year and invites the family to participate in considering the past year's academic performance, while planning for the school year ahead. Family participation in these summer meetings is vital, as staff elicit their insight and support to encourage successes and strategize ways to overcome challenges.
Also of importance to the Elon Academy is offering opportunities for families to socialize and become a support network for one another. In an effort to foster this, the staff invites the Elon Academy Family network to campus for special programs during the year, such as athletic and cultural events and holiday celebrations.
Family partnerships with the Elon Academy do not end with high school graduation. Instead, the Elon Academy shifts its focus from college ACCESS to college SUCCESS. With nearly one quarter of United States first generation college students not returning to college for a second year, admission to college is not a guarantee of graduating from college.
To continue to provide individualized information and support to our alumni families, we invite them to several events each year. The Transition to College Retreat is held on Elon’s campus in the summer after high school graduation. Families come together to learn about and discuss important topics such as finances, campus safety, and the emotional experience of sending a student to college. Families also benefit from a panel of alumni parents who have current college scholars.
Elon Academy Family Council
The Elon Academy Family Council is comprised of 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. Participation on the Family Council is open to all families in the Elon Academy and is highly encouraged as the Council is tasked with the important work of shaping the Elon Academy through providing feedback. Elon Academy staff utilize this feedback to assist 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, in conjunction with the entire network of Elon Academy families:
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
Assists in welcoming new scholars and family members to campus on move-in day of the summer program
The Elon Academy Family Council continues to grow as families decide to become part of this integral group. All current families are encouraged to join the twice yearly advisory meetings, volunteer in one of the aforementioned events, or consider how they can share their particular talents and skills with the Elon Academy.