For the driven students in ES, extra schooling is not a chore but an opportunity. Each year, it identifies and enrolls bright, hard-working fourth graders from low-income families who meet highly competitive academic admission criteria but lack the preparation and financial resources to reach their full potential. Following the 14-month, STEM-focused Scholars Academy, graduates apply to the region's top independent schools, and Scholars Advancement brings mentorship and guidance on the challenges presented by the transition, on test preparation for high school and college admission, financial aid, and general academic and social support. Partner schools commit to significant tuition assistance that funds life-changing opportunities for these capable kids. And they don't disappoint: ES scholars consistently rank in the top 10% of their class, and attend some of the nationís most competitive colleges and universities. 77% choose a STEM major, with half pursuing careers in medicine. You can launch a great academic journey.