Program Helps High-Achieving Students Enroll and Thrive in College

Delaware Goes to College Academy (DGCA) was co-founded by the Delaware Department of Education and TeenSHARP to provide high quality college advising to high achieving students from low-income households across the state. DGCA supports a broad group of students throughout the state of Delaware in the college application and decision process. There is no cost to students to participate. This is a virtual program.

Selected scholars receive free high-quality college admissions consulting all year long.

Registration Deadline is April 7, 2023

The Delaware Goes to College Academy can support you as you:

  • Pick the right high school classes.
  • Earn top grades and keep them high.
  • Find the best leadership and extracurricular opportunities, including those taking place in the summer.
  • Connect with other students who are on track for college.
  • Visit colleges in Delaware and beyond.
  • Have access to highly qualified college advisors.

Who is eligible?

The Delaware Goes to College Academy Bootcamp is open to all 9th graders, plus 10th and 11th graders with a 3.0 or higher GPA. For students interested in continuing participation in the year-long program, preference will be given to students from low income households.

  • We highly encourage all current high school freshman to register
  • Sophomores and juniors with a GPA of 3.0 or higher are encouraged to register

This program is designed for students of all racial/ethnic backgrounds. Strong preference is given to students from low-income families.

The first step is to register and participate in the upcoming 2023 Delaware Goes to College Academy Bootcamp. 

Scholars in the 9th & 10th grades will attend virtual workshops as follows: 

  • DGCA Bootcamp workshops – Monday, April 10 through Thursday, April 13 from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Evening college tour – Tuesday, April 11 from 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm 
  • One-on-one advising meetings – Friday, April 14 from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm    

Scholars in the 11th grade will attend virtual workshops as follows:

  • DGCA Bootcamp workshops – Monday, April 10 through Thursday, April 13 from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Evening college tour – Tuesday, April 11 from 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm 
  • One-on-one advising meetings – Friday, April 14 from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm   

All Parents: Parent College Preparation Workshop – Wednesday, April 12, 2023 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm 

All programming will take place online using the Zoom platform.

In these workshops, you will:

  • Learn about the college admission and financial aid process
  • Assess your academic performance, coursework rigor, leadership and service skills
  • Design a personalized plan to address your gaps
  • Have an opportunity to virtually meet with representatives of numerous in-state and out-of-state colleges.

What happens after the Bootcamp?

After the Bootcamp, students will receive ongoing virtual support. They will also be a part of the TeenSHARP high school scholars community, consistently receiving information about valuable opportunities and tools to help them make most informed decisions regarding their academics. Students will be invited to return to the Spring bootcamp in the following years and their parents will be invited to attend virtual meetings, especially designed for the students in the TeenSHARP community.

What is TeenSHARP?

TeenSHARP is a nonprofit organization with headquarters in Delaware and serving students across the tri-state area in the Delaware Valley. The mission of TeenSHARP is to prepare talented low-income, African-American, and Latino students to attend and thrive at our nation’s top colleges. TeenSHARP achieves its mission through four programs: the Striver Program, The College Success Program, and the Parent Network Program. Additionally, TeenSHARP partners with the Delaware Department of Education to lead the Delaware Goes to College Academy for a broader group of Delaware high school students.

The Delaware Goes to College Academy is open to students of all racial and ethnic backgrounds.

All the expenses for this program are paid for through funding by the Delaware Department of Education’s Higher Education Office, TeenSHARP, Longwood Foundation, Welfare Foundation, WSFS Bank, Bank of America, and Laffey-McHugh Foundation.

Need more information?

If you have any questions, your school counselors can provide more information. You may also contact Jenny Jordan at jenny.jordan@teensharp.org.