The website is updated, and our dates are July 5 - 25, 2020!

The academic curriculum is central to the ADVANCE experience and courses are designed to challenge and inspire gifted, talented, or honors students. Students enroll in one course for three weeks of intense and demanding study. Course enrollment is typically limited to 15 students creating a low student-faculty ratio. Classes are conducted for 6 hours Monday through Friday, 3.5 hours on two Saturday mornings, and the courses require attendance at a one-hour guided study session Monday through Friday evenings. Students receive 106 contact hours to cover an entire year's worth of high school material or a semester of college level material.

ADVANCE is not designed to remediate skills - the courses are fast-paced and intensive. Students must select courses from subject areas in which their SAT or ACT scores demonstrate strong aptitude because their teacher will cover a great deal of material at a very quick pace. To the best of their ability, instructional staff attempt to accommodate a variety of learning styles.


2020 Courses          Instructors          Online Application          Fillable Application         


Instructional Staff

Our instructional staff are a diverse and talented group of highly qualified Instructor-Teaching Assistant (TA) teams who are committed to challenging their students. ADVANCE instructors have a minimum of a Master's degree or equivalent and have experience teaching in a variety of classroom settings. Teaching Assistants are top students from a number of leading universities. In addition to their classroom duties, TAs strive to build a sense of community within the classroom setting and live in the dorm to provide additional student supervision. The classrooms and laboratories utilized are located on the Northwestern State campus.


Our instructors strive to provide interesting, high-energy educational experiences that often differ from those that students encounter in their local schools. Instructors employ a variety of instructional strategies, including discussion groups, journal and creative writing, guest speakers, lab experiences, field trips, individual or group research, exploration of real-world phenomena, and media presentations (computer, film, television). These classroom activities are designed to engage students in critical thinking, problem-solving, writing and speaking skills, and higher-order thinking.  

Student Evaluations

Evaluations are mailed to students within ten days after the close of ADVANCE, along with a course description and syllabus. The evaluations assess the student's performance in such areas as intellectual processes, work habits, peer interactions, and products created in the course such as tests, essays, visual projects, writing assignments, research, and presentations. The evaluation will indicate the student's cumulative average, the score earned on the final, and if the instructor recommends credit for the student. A student must earn a 70 percent or higher on the ADVANCE final in order for the instructor to recommend the student receive credit.


The ADVANCE Program will not send information to the student's home school regarding completion of work at ADVANCE unless it is requested in writing after the program closes. 


Students who intend to include their ADVANCE Program participation as part of their college admissions portfolio should be sure to keep a copy of their student evaluation. The ADVANCE Program cannot guarantee that copies of the evaluation will be available at a later date.


Requesting Course Credit or Placement

The ADVANCE instructor may only recommend credit; conferral of school credit is always the responsibility of the student's school at home. If the student wishes to seek credit for a course taken at ADVANCE, the student must follow the policies of his or her individual secondary school. It is important to begin the process of seeking credit or placement from the student's school before ADVANCE begins. The following steps may assist students in obtaining course credit or placement at their schools:


1.  Contact the person at the student’s school who could grant credit or placement for a student’s work at ADVANCE (school counselor, vice-principal, or registrar, et cetera). 

2.  Direct the school official to our web site for information regarding the program.

3.  Give the school official a copy of the syllabus for the course that the student will take at ADVANCE.

4.  Inform the school official that ADVANCE students enroll in one course for three weeks and attend class for 106 contact hours.

5.  Inform the school offcial that ADVANCE students do not receive transcripts from Northwestern State or the ADVANCE Program. Students will receive an evaulation completed by their instructor after the program ends.

6.  Inform the school official that ADVANCE students must earn a 70 percent or higher on their final in order for the ADVANCE instructor to recommend credit.

Remember, neither Northwestern State’s ADVANCE Program nor Northwestern State will produce a transcript for ADVANCE students. School credit may only be issued by the student’s home school.

Some schools may require the student to take a test after attending a summer academic program to confirm that the student knows the course material and is ready to move to a higher level course. In Louisiana, an End of Course (EOC) exam must be taken for algebra 1, biology, and geometry. Louisiana students will take EOCs at their home school the fall after ADVANCE. An ADVANCE final exam is not equivalent to an End of Course (EOC) exam in Louisiana.

Parent Conferences

Parents are an integral part of their child's academic successes and our instructors welcome the opportunity to talk with parents about their child's performance at ADVANCE. Parent conferences are available before and after the closing ceremony on departure day, Saturday, July 25th. At registration on Sunday, July 5th, parents may selct a time for their parent conference. A telephone conference may be arranged for parents who are unable to be present on departure day. However, all phone conferences must take place before the end of the program.


Computer Access

Computer labs are available for classes that require word processing and class-related work and assignments. Additionally, a computer lab is offered twice a week as an activity for students.  


Articulation Agreement with Northwestern State

Some of the courses offered by ADVANCE may qualify for articulated college credit at Northwestern State. The following details the necessary steps to be taken:


1.  When a former ADVANCE student is of college age, the student must be admitted and enrolled in either an online or a traditional face-to-face course at Northwestern State.


2.  The former ADVANCE student must contact the ADVANCE office while enrolled as a college student at Northwestern State.


3.  The former ADVANCE student may then request articulated credit for a course taken at ADVANCE if the course was included in an Articulation Agreement between Northwestern State and ADVANCE.


4.  The ADVANCE office will contact the Northwestern State Registrar and complete the necessary paperwork in order for the former ADVANCE student to obtain credit for an ADVANCE course that was included in an Articulation Agreement with Northwestern State.


5.  The former ADVANCE student will then be granted Northwestern State credit contingent upon the student earning a grade of B or better in one of the following courses while a student at ADVANCE. College students will be granted credit only - no letter grade will be issued. NOTE: The ADVANCE student will not be issued a transcript from Northwestern State for work completed during ADVANCE.


The following courses are included in the 2020 Articulation Agreement with Northwestern State:


  ADVANCE COURSE                                                            NORTHWESTERN STATE COURSE
  Algebra 2    Math 1020
  Biology   Biology 1010
  Chemistry   Chemistry 1070
  The Constitutional Convention   History 4330
  Creative Writing   English 2120
  Criminalistics and Forensic Science   Criminal Justice 2600
  Film Studies   English 3500
  Mythology   SEnglish 3000