Selection Criteria

We are looking for prospective scholars who:

  • are ninth graders
  • reside or attend school in Alamance County
  • have limited financial resources and/or no family history of 4-year college attendance
  • demonstrate academic promise
  • show no pattern of disciplinary problems
  • are willing to commit to program expectations

Approximately 24 scholars are selected each year to be a part of the Elon Academy.

Admission Process


  • All ABSS ninth graders receive a letter about the Elon Academy
  • All county ninth graders should check the Elon Academy website for admissions information


  • Information sessions are held at each ABSS public high school and the River Mill Academy charter school. A Spanish language information session takes place at May Memorial Library. All information sessions to be posted as scheduled.


  • Applications are due to the Elon Academy office by Friday, January 26, 2018.


  • All completed applications are reviewed by Elon Academy staff. Those students moving forward to the interview process will be notified by mail. Those applicants not moving forward will also be notified by mail.


  • Southern High School: March 5, 2018. 3:25-5:25pm, Media Center
  • Williams High School: March 6, 2018. 3:30-5:30 pm, Media Center.
  • Cummings High School: March 7, 2018. 3:30-5:30 pm, Media Center.
  • ABSS Early College: March 8, 2018. 3:50-5:50 pm.
  • River Mill Academy: March 16, 2018. 12:30 -2:30 pm.
  • Graham High School: March 20, 2018. 3:30-5:30 pm, Media Center.
  • Western Alamance High School: March 23, 2018. 3:20-5:20 pm.


  • Students are notified of either acceptance or non-acceptance


  • New cohort orientation on May 5, 2018.