"Hi! My name is Jenna (I also go by RJ- either is fine!) and I’m currently a freshman at Penn State. I attended Young Scholars from 5th grade through 8th grade, and I treasure my time there in more ways than I can count. Not only did YSCP provide me with enough memories, experiences, and bonds to last a lifetime, but it went above and beyond to prepare me academically for all of my future school experiences. The instruction of language prepared me intensely for high school, where I was required to take 2 credits of a language, and also influenced my decision to minor in History with a focus on world language and linguistics. I felt equally as prepared for my core classes; from the second I stepped foot into high school, I felt capable and informed about the information that was put in front of me, and I excelled instantly.
For this, I credit YSCP heavily. Additionally, the bond that teachers have with their students is something extremely unique to YSCP. This close bond was also felt with students! My entire class felt like a big group of close friends and I’m still in contact with all of them. It always felt like a very safe, judgment-free environment for me to grow, experiment, find myself and identify my interests from a very young age. This freedom of expression and allowance for individuality has helped not only my own self image, but prepared me to go out into a diverse world without judgment. Overall, I cannot recommend YSCP middle school enough!"
"My name is Rufaida Rahman, I’m a senior at State High, and a former student of Young Scholars. The 8 years I spent at YSCP were very impactful to my life and helped me grow greatly as a student. The small sizes of the classes allowed me to build relationships with the rest of my peers, and it felt like a very connected community, in which I felt safe and comfortable. Having the same couple of teachers all throughout middle school also helped me build strong relationships with them. The IB style of Young Scholars challenged me to always go above and beyond, and guided me to advance my performance in school. It taught me the importance of always reaching higher than the assignments asked, ultimately directing me to develop study habits I will carry on not only for the rest of my educational career, but for my personal life as well. These study habits include time management, perseverance, communication, presentation skills, and much more. All of these skills made the transition from middle school to high school a lot easier, and I will forever be grateful for the educational experience I was able to go through at Young Scholars."