The Oxbridge Academy-Cambridge University Scholar Program provides students with an immersive educational experience that includes a two-week stay at Cambridge University. Each year 15 students who demonstrate academic excellence and exceptional work ethic are selected through a competitive process. Students spend the semester at home preparing for the trip by reading and researching that year’s topic. During spring break the students travel to Cambridge where they participate in lectures and discussions, visit landmarks, write a college-level paper, and defend their essays before Cambridge professors.
The Cambridge connection deepened last year when we sent four Oxbridge teachers to study with the Institute for Continuing Education summer program. These faculty members took classes in their subject areas—history, literature and performance, and science—and brought back with them a body of experiences that informed their work with Oxbridge students. Learning new pedagogical approaches and new content, teachers reported enhanced proficiency as instructors and a new respect for what it means to be a student who is asked to read extensively and write about complex content. Four new faculty members were announced for the summer program in 2017 in genetics, literature, global issues, and natural history.
Last year also featured the visit of a Cambridge professor to the Oxbridge campus for a two- week residency during which the teacher worked with our students on complex texts. Visiting a variety of classes and sharing her expertise with our students, the professor was enthusiastic about the readiness of our students for their work with her. A second professor concluded her work with Oxbridge students about ten days ago and recently wrote me to tell me how privileged she felt to work with our outstanding young scholars, noting that their curiosity and commitment to insightful analysis surpassed many of her undergraduates at Cambridge.
Past participants have raved about the experience, calling it a once in a lifetime opportunity and an exceptional learning experience. True to the culture of Oxbridge, the program is designed to provide the structure and material while allowing students the flexibility to find their unique passion and voice.
Read blog posts from this year's Cambridge Scholars.
This is one of the premier programs at Oxbridge, completely unique in its structure, and providing our students with an extraordinary experience at one of the greatest and oldest universities in the world. John Klemme, Academic Dean & Head of School