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Summer programs

UF Young Entrepreneurs for Leadership & Sustainability

The University of Florida’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is pleased to announce our 8th Annual Pre-College Summer Program for High School Students:

This program is for motivated, college-bound rising juniors and seniors who are interested in Entrepreneurship, Social Entrepreneurship, Leadership, and Sustainability.

From June 22 through July 25, 2014 program participants will take two college-level courses at UF: ENT4934 – Exploring Entrepreneurship & SYG2010 – Social Problems & Solutions. Participants will also complete 75+ hours of community service (towards the requirement for Bright Futures Scholarships + IB CAS hours). Students will participate in evening and weekend programing including a Speaker Series, mentor partnerships with Entrepreneurs and Nonprofit Leaders, field trips, visits with Gator Athletes, and other exciting events and activities. The program will culminate with an awards lunch on the final day, recognizing the students for their leadership and entrepreneurial spirit.

Students will work, eat, play, and sleep on campus during the five week program. They will be housed in Beaty Towers, near other high school students attending summer science & engineering programs. Participants will have access to the university’s facilities including a newly renovated library, student union and arts center, and many state of the art recreation and sports facilities (including three fitness facilities, nine fields, two pools, six outdoor court facilities, and a gym).

Applications are NOW AVAILABLE! We encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible, as we are processing applications on a rolling basis, with a deadline of March 1. Detailed information, including the application materials and scholarship applications are available on our website on this link.

Upcoming programs

It’s finally here!!!!!

The 16th annual Florida College Tour

Join teens from across South Florida as we travel to visit some of the best colleges in Florida:


Who? Students in grades 9- 11
What? Tour the campuses, meet admissions officers, see the dorms, and more!
When? March 19- 21, 2014
Why? To learn what colleges are looking for in an applicant
How? Register at Educational Pursuit or call the office for more info at (954)652-0220.

Other info: The cost of the tour is $339 and includes bus fare, hotels, and breakfast daily. The tour is led by an experienced college advisor and chaperoned by teachers and guidance counselors. Space is very limited! Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity! Register today!

Medical School Info Forum

Are you interested in learning how to become a doctor? FIU is sponsoring an informational forum to enlighten students about everything they need to know from high school to medical school and beyond. Don’t miss out on this important event. To register click on this link.

The best test prep

What makes the Educational Pursuit classes the best

Strategies that REALLY work!

  • How to read the passages without “reading”
  • The 3 ways to get “unstuck” on math questions
  • 6 steps to becoming a Grammar Guru
  • A perfectly easy way to write the perfect SAT essay
  • How to finish with time left

Expert teachers with Master’s Degrees in Education!
Techniques to learn vocabulary quickly!
Practice with real SAT exams!
FREE Computer Skills Lab for all students, all year!

Our next SAT Boot Camps begin:

  • Weston location (at Sagemont Upper School)

Thursdays, March 13th from 3:30-5:30

  • Cooper City/ Davie location (College Pursuit office, 8688 Griffin Road)

Sundays, March 15th from 10:00 a.m. to noon
Tuesdays, March 17th from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Our next ACT Prep Class begins:

  • Cooper City/ Davie location (College Pursuit office, 8688 Griffin Road)

Wednesdays, March 5th from 4:00- 6:00 p.m.

To register, visit or call us at (954-652-0220).

SAT/ ACT info…

Deadlines are coming! Don’t forget to sign up for your SAT and ACT exams!

SAT test dates and deadlines

SAT test dates:

  • March 8, 2014
  • May 3, 2014
  • June 7, 2014

Regular deadline:

  • February 8, 2014
  • April 4, 2014
  • May 9, 2014

Late-fee deadline:

  • February 21, 2014
  • April 18, 2014
  • May 23, 2014

How to register for the SAT:

  1. First, go online to this link.
  2. Apply for the test date and the test center where you would like to take the test
  3. Note: Stand-by testing has been eliminated by College Board. Students who miss the deadline may still test by waitlist. For information about registering for the waitlist, check out this link.
  4. You must submit a photo with your registration for the SAT. The photo you provide will become part of your Admission Ticket. Simply follow the instructions on how to upload a photo from the College Board website.

To register for the SAT with accommodations:

If you have testing accommodations such as extra time, please make sure to enter the accommodations code given to you from your school ESE coordinator. For more information, or to register online, visit this link.

To register for the SAT with a FEE Waiver:

If you are eligible for a fee waiver, make sure you enter the appropriate code so that your test is free. Students who qualify for the Federal Free of Reduced Lunch Plan at school, or who meet other criteria, are eligible for up to 2 free SAT exams and 2 SAT Subject Tests, as well as up to 4 college applications. To learn more about if you qualify for a fee waiver, visit this link.

ACT test dates and deadlines

Test Date:

  • April 12, 2014
  • June 14, 2014

Sunday test:

  • April 13, 2014
  • June 15, 2014

Regular Deadline:

  • March 7, 2014
  • May 9, 2014

Late deadline:

  • March 21, 2014
  • May 10–23, 2014

How to register for the ACT:

Students may register online at: this link. I suggest that you allow at least 20 minutes prior to registering since they will ask you a multitude of questions about your high school courses and grades prior to allowing you to pick a test date and center.

Photo ID is also required now when registering for the ACT. For information on how to upload the photos, click on this link.

To register for ACT with accommodations:

There are two kinds of accommodations for ACT testing. One is the extended time and the other is to take the test over multiple days. The appropriate accommodation will be determined by your ESE coordinator and the ACT depending on the disability. For more information, visit this link.

To register for the ACT with a FEE Waiver:

If you are eligible for a fee waiver, make sure you enter the appropriate code so that your test is free.  Students who qualify for the Federal Free of Reduced Lunch Plan at school, or who meet other criteria, are eligible for up to 2 free ACT exams. To learn more about if you qualify for a fee waiver, visit this link.

Ninth grade is the perfect time to begin your community service

One of the graduation requirements for most high schools is a minimum of 40 community service hours. And, to earn the Bright Futures scholarship, students will need between 75-100 hours. For the colleges? The more, the better. Ninth grade is the perfect time to begin your community service. If you don’t know where to start, here is an excellent source for you to try. Hands On Broward offers students volunteer services throughout the area in all different venues. So, whether you want to work with animals or children, or you want something near the ocean or the inner city, the projects are there just waiting for you to help. For more information, check out this link

10th Graders, Youth Leadership Broward (YLB) is Looking for LEADERS!!!

Every year, Youth Leadership Broward canvases high schools in Broward County for 10th graders interested in leadership. Students who are chosen will have the chance to participate in a 9-month program of leadership, community service, education and fun. The program is fantastic and all of my students have absolutely loved it! Plus, it looks great on your college resume!

Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity!

To apply, download the application. For more information, contact [email protected] or 954-767-8866 x25.

11th Graders, Are you interested in taking a College Class this summer for FREE?

Broward College offers dozens of classes to meet all of your interests and needs. For more information or to register for a course, follow these directions:

  1. Complete the online admissions application
  2. Get a copy of all of the following items to your counselor by noon on February 14,2014:
    1. The application number (from the online app in step 1)
    2. Official copy of your SAT or ACT scores
    3. Official copy of your transcripts
    4. The recommendation letter signed by the counselor and the principal
  3. All students will need to have the above info to their guidance counselors no later than noon on February 14, 2014. The BC policy is NO EXCEPTIONS TO THE DEADLINE!!!

12th Graders wonder: Is there life after a waitlist?

Many college acceptances are beginning to filter in, and seniors are filled with mixed emotions. While it is a relief for some to know where they will be headed next year, it is a time of turmoil for others as the waiting process continues. Is there life after a waitlist? A Deferral or Waitlist is not the end of the road to the college of your choice. So, what happens after you are deferred, waitlisted or denied from a college? Many Here are a couple of helpful articles to help you deal with the process…

Lori & Chris Bushing

Our daughter,Taylor, is taking the SAT Boot Camp with Susan at educational Pursuit and has learned so much through their UNIQUE ways to take the test in a faster pace,with great results! These tests are long & tedious for students,but she teaches them ways to “cut to the chase” to accomplish the best results on the test,& to leave the class on a positive note eager to take it again in the future,& ready to improve even more! Susan is an asset to any students journey to college!

– Lori & Chris Bushing, parents.

Mindy Strum

“My twin daughters benefited so much by going with Susan on her Florida College Tour. I haven’t heard of any other college tour company that provides the same well rounded experience as Susan does. Not only did she make arrangements for them to speak with college advisers, but they visited dorms, libraries, student unions, football fields etc. Susan was there with them to answer their questions throughout the entire tour and she made it a lot of fun as well. Susan is also preparing my daughters to take the SAT and ACT exams. Not only does she teach them the specific tools and strategies needed to take each exam, but she makes it a priority to learn their strengths and weaknesses so she can provide individual guidance. That said, learning from Susan has helped with their confidence in taking standardized exams! The Educational Pursuit Learning Center offers a very inviting environment for students. In addition to the weekly classes, Susan provides her students with so much additional support by inviting students to practice what she teaches them as often as they would like to by attending “Study Club” whenever they want to. She even gives them snacks that they love….. I would recommend Susan Safra and her staff to anyone on the college path.”

— Mindy Strum, parent.