POTSDAM - The Clarkson School, Clarkson Universitys early college entrance program, recently welcomed to campus its largest class in more than 15 years.
This years Clarkson School class has 69 academically gifted high-school-age students who have progressed beyond their high school curricula. TCS provides an opportunity for these students, who come from 10 U.S. states and Vietnam, to continue challenging themselves as a part of a nationally ranked small research institution.
Since 1978, TCS has offered exceptional students from around the country and the world the option to forgo what is typically their high school senior year and begin university coursework at Clarkson. TCS students are fully matriculated first year undergraduates, taking a full course load alongside other Clarkson students.
Enrollment has risen as gifted high school students increasingly examine options like The Clarkson School as their own high schools face budget constraints, according to Director of Admissions Matthew Rutherford.
The Clarkson School provides an opportunity for these students to continue challenging themselves academically, while in many instances completing their high school diploma requirements, Rutherford said. Whether the intent is to remain at Clarkson as a sophomore or to move onto another university, our primarily objective is to assist these students so they are in the best position to continue pursuing their academic goals.
Siri Wilder, TCS 14, of Los Angeles, Calif., had multiple reasons for choosing TCS.
It has great academics, a small, tight-knit community and the area is beautiful, she said. I was always striving to pursue my academic interests in high school and coming to The Clarkson School gave me a chance to be among other students who are really interested and invested in their education.
The students live in their own residence halls and are immersed in a supportive environment with specialized programs and activities designed to bridge the transition between high school and college.
They have access to all of Clarksons resources and amenities with separate residential facilities, activities specifically designed for them and a faculty and staff dedicated to meeting their unique individual and collective needs. Many students opt to remain at Clarkson after their TCS year to complete their degree, while a number of them go on to attend other tier-one national universities.
Sufia Bakshi of Canton, TCS 14, said she felt the program was the right fit for her.
I felt educationally prepared and mature enough to begin college. I was running out of courses to take at my high school and I wanted to avoid a lazy senior year, Bakshi said. TCS was the perfect alternative - the program provides an academically and socially enriching environment.
Find out more about the Clarkson School at http://clarkson.edu/tcs .