Higher Academics Summer School, otherwise known as HASS, is a four-week academic summer program that serves high achieving students fromt the Black Belt of Alabama. HASS was started in the year 2011 by two Teach For America teachers who recognized the importance of providing more opportunities for students to continue learning during the summer months. Higher Academics Summer School serves students who lack many extracurricular opportunities in their rural communities, but wish to build the skills to become competitive college applicaints.
Higher Academics Summer School seeks to remedy the educational disparity students in the Black Belt experience by providing them with four weeks of intensive, rigorous academic, cultural, and leadership enrichment every summer throughout the duration of their high school career. HASS students attend classes that focus on public speaking, literature and literary analysis, and college-level lab research. Students also participate in a mock trial competition, financial literacy courses, and tour colleges and universities. Overall, in the time span of four weeks our students experince educational opportunites that they would not otherwise have access to in the Black Belt.