Southern California Grant Abstracts - Level Playing Field Institute

Level Playing Field Institute

Oakland, CA
December 2012

The Summer Math and Science Honors Academy (SMASH) is a rigorous three-year enrichment program for high-potential, low-income, high school students of color to excel in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The centerpiece of SMASH is a five-week residential program each summer. Since SMASH’s inception in 2004 at UC Berkeley, nearly 100% of the 176 alumni have graduated from high school and 88% are currently enrolled as full-time students in a four-year university. In 2011, Level Playing Field Institute expanded SMASH to Stanford University and in 2012, it launched the program at USC and UCLA. SMASH will expand over the next two years, growing from 30 scholars at each campus in 2012 to 90 scholars at each campus by 2014. Through the Teachers as Leaders Academy, SMASH instructors return to their high school classrooms equipped to deliver an inquiry-based math and science curriculum to those who would not otherwise have access to a program like SMASH.

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