June 25 – July 27, 2018


GovsPLUS (Powerful Learners Unlocking Success) is a tuition-free academic enrichment program that partners The Governor’s Academy with motivated middle school students from Lawrence, MA with the goal of helping all students reach their potential in and outside of the classroom. Each year, approximately 40 rising 8th, and 9th grade students in GovsPLUS work to strengthen their academic skills, build their self-confidence, and participate in formative service and experiential learning opportunities.

The program begins with a five-week summer experience. Each day starts with a healthy breakfast in the Govs dining hall. GovsPLUS scholars then transition to morning classes where they develop skills such as math, reading, writing, and critical thinking. Small-group instruction in math courses align with state curriculum guidelines and assessments, emphasize problem solving through real world applications, and help combat summer learning loss. In the humanities courses, students learn about Latina/o and African American history, literature, and culture. They build their literacy skills, as well as cultivate a special interest in social justice. In the third academic period, scholars alternate between workshops that develop their research, writing, and public speaking skills. 

After lunch, students participate in community building events and small-group mentoring. They engage in a variety of enrichment activities, which may include recreational sports, visual and performing arts, science and technology, or community service. Three experienced teachers teach the morning academic courses: Michelle de la Guardia and Omar Machado, Co-Directors of GovsPLUS, and Elizabeth Honorato, Program Assistant. They are assisted by current students and alum from Govs who work as student-instructors in the program. The student-instructors assist in the classroom, provide supplemental tutorial support, teach elective courses, lead enrichment activities, and mentor the GovsPLUS students outside of the classroom. Once a week, scholars, faculty, and staff take field trips to area locations like parks, museums, independent high school and college campuses, and other fun destinations.

GovsPLUS students continue their relationship with the Academy throughout the academic year with monthly occasions to reconnect. Workshops help scholars develop their organizational skills, teach them how to identify and apply to various high schools and how to prepare for this transition, and offer them opportunities to receive counseling and support from experienced faculty advisers and Govs mentors. Scholars also engage in numerous enrichment activities and field trips throughout the school-year such as amusement parks, athletic events, local shows, bowling and skating, and volunteering in the community.

While the current GovsPLUS scholars are actively engaged in the academic year component of the program, the staff is already hard at work planning for Summer 2018 which will run Monday through Friday from June 25 – July 27, 2018 on The Governor’s Academy campus in Byfield, MA. There is NO COST for students to attend GovsPLUS. All books, school supplies, meals (breakfast and lunch), and bus transportation is provided. Any current 7th or 8th grade student from Lawrence who is ambitious, capable, and who can reliably attend GovsPLUS with a positive attitude every day is encouraged to apply.

To access the 2018 application, click here

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact GovsPLUS Director, Michelle de la Guardia at mdelaguardia@govsacademy.org or 978.499.3098.

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