Dates for the upcoming program are July 10 – 30, 2022.

In order to achieve the complete ADVANCE experience, students should plan to engage fully in both academic and residential activities. While participation in ADVANCE fosters intellectual, social, and emotional growth, it is important to recognize that genuine academic motivation is the true heart of the program. Students unable to make academics their first-priority or those primarily interested in a "summer camp experience" should refrain from applying to ADVANCE. However, truly motivated students will enjoy a community of peers unlike any they have ever experienced.

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Admissions Policy 

All applicants must provide the following documents with their application: 

1. A copy of the applicant’s most recent report card. 

2. A copy of the applicant’s most recent state standardized test scores. If scores have been misplaced, many schools provide that information on school transcripts, and transcripts may be submitted to ADVANCE. 

Louisiana applicants:

Louisiana applicants who earn LEAP achievement levels of Advanced or Mastery in the subject area that corresponds to the desired ADVANCE class and submit a satisfactory report card will be      accepted to the program. 

Louisiana applicants who earn LEAP achievement levels of Basic, Approaching Basic, or Unsatisfactory in the subject area that corresponds to the desired ADVANCE class will be required to submit two examples of outstanding schoolwork, and a teacher must email the ADVANCE office  (palmerh@nsula.edustating why they recommend the student as a candidate for the program.

Texas applicants:    

Texas applicants who earn STAAR performance standards of Masters or Meets in the subject area that corresponds to the desired ADVANCE class and submit a satisfactory report card will be accepted to the program.

Texas applicants who earn STAAR performance standards of Approaches or Did Not Meet in the subject area that corresponds to the desired ADVANCE class will be required to submit two examples of outstanding schoolwork, and a teacher must email the ADVANCE office (palmerh@nsula.edu) stating why they recommend the student as a candidate for the program.

Applicants from other states:  Contact the ADVANCE office at 318-357-4500 or palmerh@nsula.edu.

Applicants who have taken an ACT or SAT:

If applicants have taken an ACT or SAT and their scores meet those shown in the chart below, they may submit those scores and a copy of their most recent report card with their application. Applicants will be notified if state standardized test scores and a teacher recommendation are needed.

The left side of the chart below indicates qualifying scores for students who took an ACT or SAT while in the 7th grade. If students achieve the required scores while in 7th grade, they do not have to retake the test to apply to ADVANCE in future years.

The right side of the chart indicates qualifying scores for students who took an ACT or SAT while in 8th – 11th grades.

Students qualify for specific courses based on their scores on subsections of the ACT or SAT. For example, *Students who submit ACT scores and wish to enroll in a math, science, or technology course at ADVANCE should qualify with either their ACT math or science score. Students who wish to enroll in a humanities course should qualify with either their ACT English or reading score. **Students who submit SAT scores and wish to enroll in a math, science, or technology course at ADVANCE should qualify with their SAT math score. Students who wish to enroll in a humanities course should qualify with their SAT EBRW score.

Abbreviations for the ACT qualifying scores are E = English; M = Math; R = Reading; S = Science. Abbreviations for the SAT qualifying scores are EBRW = Evidence-Based Reading and Writing; M = Math.    

 

ADVANCE QUALIFYING SCORES

 

IF TEST TAKEN IN

GRADE 7

IF TEST TAKEN IN

GRADES 8, 9, 10, or 11

 

Students must meet at least one

of the following:

 

*ACT

 

E > 20

M > 18

R > 20

S > 20

 

Or a combination of:

M > 17 and E > 19

 M > 17 and R > 19

 

**SAT 

EBRW > 510

M > 500

 

 

 

Students must meet at least one

of the following:

 

*ACT

 

E > 22

M > 20

R > 22

S > 22

 

Or a combination of:

M > 19 and E > 21

 M > 19 and R > 21

 

**SAT

EBRW > 540

M > 520