Welcome to the NAPCA Summer Academy!

Explore & Experience Your Future College & Career Path.

For the past 10 years, we have welcomed students from around the world to our exciting academic preparation, college readiness, and career exploration summer programs for elementary, middle, high school, and college students. Now, you can join them.

We invite you to devote a portion of your summer to explore and experience your future college and career path.

  • You will experience a variety of careers through 16 different simulation studios – such as the Engineering Studio, Science Lab, Nursing & Health Care Studio, and Website Design & Development Studio – to get a taste of what a future career might be like.
  • You will gain the knowledge, hands on experience, and resources to successfully navigate through the competitive and complex college admissions, financial aid, and matriculation process with greater confidence, reduced stress and anxiety, and competitive edge.
  • You will participate in indoor and outdoor fun activities as well as supplemental academic instruction courses in mathematics, writing and grammar, and public speaking.
  • You will engage in academic skills development seminars, social-emotional development workshops, and up to 45 different career exploration seminars.
  • We will help you become academically prepared with the mindsets, confidence, resilience, and social- emotional skills to break through the barriers to achieve your future college and career aspirations.

We are committed to helping you successfully transition from secondary school to college with the mindsets and tools to complete a postsecondary education degree or career training certificate or licensure program, specifically to enter careers that provide a sense of purpose and meaning to your life.

NAPCA Difference: “The NAPCA Family Commitment”

  • After students complete one of our college and career exploration summer programs, students will be invited to remain in the NAPCA family through participating in our year-round college and career readiness counseling program.
  • Students will be assigned to a NAPCA college and career readiness counselor, who will provide academic support and college and career advising services during elementary, middle, high school, and college at no cost.
  • After our students graduate from college, students will continue to receive academic and career advising services at no cost until they have reached their future career goal. 

To learn more about the NAPCA Family Commitment, contact us at support@NAPCAonline.org.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Career Exploration Seminars

Students will explore up to 45 different career paths with real-life career scenarios to help them discover their future career interests and learn about various types of careers.

Exclusive Guest Speakers

NAPCA will arrange to have guest speakers from different industries speak to students to gain insight on their future careers and learn valuable strategies on how to achieve their education and career goals.

Career Tours

Students will participate in exclusive behind-the-scenes career tours to get a taste of what a future career might be like and make connections with professionals from different career fields to help them gain insight into their future careers.

Academic Tutoring

NAPCA provides tutoring in Math, Writing, and Public Speaking daily to help improve your student’s confidence and academic performance.

Our tutoring program focuses on two key areas. First, we look to fill any learning gaps so each student has a strong foundation on which to build. To fill your student’s learning gaps, we will begin by providing a free assessment that will identify the perfect starting point for the program. Then, we work to help each student learn and master each new concept that arise each week. The goal is to ensure that each student has mastered the material, and is prepared for important tests, quizzes, and other assignments. Over time, many NAPCA parents ultimately find their children mastering concepts that put them at grade level or ahead of their peers.

Social - Emotional Skills Development

Social-emotional skills help us manage our emotions, build healthy relationships, and show empathy and understanding. Kids with healthy social-emotional skills are more likely to succeed in school, work, and life. The social-emotional skills development course focuses on helping students acquire the following skills:

  • Make friends and maintain friendships
  • Gain confidence
  • Resolve conflicts
  • Manage stress and anxiety
  • Learn social norms
  • Make appropriate decisions
  • Resist negative social pressure
  • Learn strengths and weaknesses
  • Gain awareness of what others are feeling

Academic Skills Development

NAPCA offers academic skills development seminars that provide students with the tools and strategies to become self motivated and responsible learners with a positive attitude and effective learning habits to succeed in school. Seminar topics include:

  • Effective study skills
  • Note taking
  • Time management
  • Keeping yourself organized
  • Managing your stress and anxiety

Experience College Life through College Tours

Students will experience college life through interactive visits to two year and four year college campuses.

Student Leadership Training

Students will develop the knowledge, confidence, and practical leadership skills required to achieve their goals.

Fun Activities

We turn up the fun up each day with exciting indoor and outdoor activities. All summer long, we bring our carnival and water park that has water slides, rides, interactive games, and tasty treats for all students to enjoy.

Dining on Campus

Continental breakfast, lunch, healthy snacks, and occasional treats will be provided. We do our best to cater to dietary restrictions and selective food eaters.

Student Safety & Supervision

Student safety and supervision are our first priority at NAPCA. All NAPCA programs are held at safe campus locations and have campus security. Campus security officers frequently patrol all campus facilities used by the program. Students are supervised by a NAPCA staff member throughout their entire day as they move from activity to activity in our small group format. Our student-to-staff ratio of 10:1 will ensure that your student is supervised and cared for during their entire stay with us.

Program Culmination: Poster Session

Students will showcase their Personal Strategic Plan (education and career plan) and celebrate their NAPCA Summer Academy experience with their peers, NAPCA Staff, and family.

Living on Campus

NAPCA's middle and high school students will gain a sense of independence as they live within a safe and secure college environment while learning to live and interact with their peers and residential staff.

Improve SAT or ACT Scores

Receive up to 20 hours of SAT/ACT Test Prep, includes small group and one-on-one tutoring.

Fun & Engaging College and Career Readiness Courses & Activities

Our college and career readiness program curriculum (courses offered on and off campus) will prepare students to break through the social, cultural, and academic barriers that most college students face on their path to college graduation and career entry. Our goal is to connect students with the knowledge, tools, and resources to help them become prepared to navigate the path to college entry and completion, and their career.

College Planning, Preparation, & Personalized Guidance

Students will gain the knowledge, hands on experience, and resources to successfully navigate the competitive and complex college admissions and financial aid process with greater confidence, reduced stress and anxiety, and competitive edge.

Career Planning and Development

Empowering Students to Find their Purpose/ Career Path

Students will receive personal strategic planning (education and career planning) instruction to help empower them to take ownership of their future post-secondary education and career goals.

Welcome Ceremony

The Welcome Ceremony is an event specially organized by NAPCA Summer Academy staff and alumni to officially welcome all new and returning students and their parents to the NAPCA family. This event will take place on the first day of your program session.

Virtual Career Simulations

Students will participate in exclusive behind-the-scenes virtual career simulations to get a taste of what a future career might be like.

Explore Our College & Career Exploration Programs

For Elementary, Middle, High School, and College Students

Choosing an education program and a career path is one of the most important decisions you will make, which affects your financial and emotional well-being for years to come. Instead of graduating from high school and/or college with a shrug of the shoulders and a sigh of, “Well, I guess I need to figure out what I want to do with my life now…” you should be intentionally exploring different careers that align with your core values, interest, and strengths to help define your life’s purpose/career path. In return for your investment in exploring different careers of interest, you are preparing to have a career that will give you a sense of purpose and meaning in life.

Your College and Career Path Starts Here.
Find the Program That's Right for You.

COLLEGE READINESS &
CAREER EXPLORATION PROGRAM
FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS

For current 1st - 5th grade students.

COLLEGE READINESS & CAREER
EXPLORATION PROGRAM
FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS

For current 6th - 8th grade students.

COLLEGE READINESS & CAREER
EXPLORATION PROGRAM
FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

For current 9th - 11th grade students.

Career Preparation
Summer Programs for
College Students

For community college and four-year college students.

Explore. Strategize. Thrive.

Building A Pathway to Your Future

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Explore.

All NAPCA students will explore different career pathways to help them learn about future academic and career possibilities and make connections with professionals from different career fields to get a taste of what a future career might be like.

Strategize.

All NAPCA students will have a comprehensive personal strategic action plan, which is an education and career plan with specific action steps. The action plan shall serve as a road map to help students enter and complete a post secondary education degree or career training certificate or licensure program, specifically to enter careers that provide a sense of purpose and meaning to their lives.

Thrive.

We prepare our students to vigorously work the personal strategic action plan that they developed at NAPCA to reach their future college and career aspirations. Our college and career advising staff will follow up with students throughout the year to provide support and encouragement.

NAPCA Difference: “The NAPCA Family Commitment”

  • After students complete one of our college and career exploration summer programs, students will be invited to remain in the NAPCA family through participating in our year-round college and career readiness counseling program.
  • Students will be assigned to a NAPCA college and career readiness counselor, who will provide academic support and college and career advising services during elementary, middle, high school, and college at no cost.
  • After our students graduate from college, students will continue to receive academic and career advising services at no cost until they have reached their future career goal. 

To learn more about the NAPCA Family Commitment, contact us at support@NAPCAonline.org.

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NAPCA Goal 2030

By 2030, we will help 1,000,000 students enter and complete a postsecondary education degree or career training certificate or licensure program, specifically to enter careers that provide a sense of purpose and meaning to their lives.

Our Impact

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College Readiness: NAPCA students are better prepared for college than non-NAPCA students at specific schools served by NAPCA, surpassing students when it comes to “a-g” coursework and entrance exam completion, four-year college eligibility, college enrollment, college persistence, and college completion.

 

Coursework: NAPCA students are three times more likely to complete the “a-g” courses required for college admission as their non-NAPCA counterparts: 91% compared to 30%.

 

College Enrollment: 98% of NAPCA students attend college the first year after high school graduation.

 

College Success: The college persistence rates of NAPCA alumni are equal to or better than their campus counterparts who did not participate in NAPCA.

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Student & Parent Testimonials

Frequently Asked Questions

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Our Program

The heart of the NAPCA Summer Academy is our career focused curriculum, which is designed to help students explore different career paths to help them learn about future academic and career possibilities and make connections with professionals from different career fields to get a taste of what a future career might be like. This will also help students have a better idea of what they want to study in college and start participating in internships or volunteering their time to experience their future career path. Students may find that they actually don’t like a certain career, and it’s better to learn this now, than when they are already in college and have spent a lot of time and money on an academic major or career training program that they no longer want to pursue.

While building lasting relationships with peers, students will participate in a rigorous weekly program schedule filled with lots of indoor and outdoor fun activities and supplemental academic instruction courses in mathematics, writing and grammar, and public speaking. Students will also engage in academic skills development seminars, social-emotional development workshops, and career exploration seminars and simulations. Additionally, students will experience college life through interactive college tours.

Yes!  In California, organized camps are under the jurisdiction of the California Department of Health and therefore exempt from Child Care Licensing, which is overseen by the Department of Social Services. All of our California locations adhere to the 300 health and safety standards by the American Camp Association. Each Spring, we reach out to all local health departments to notify them of our summer program operations to ensure that we’re satisfying all of their requirements for Day Camps. Since licensing requirements and exemptions do change from time-to-time, we’ll continue to monitor and respond to updates in our requirements as a Day Camp in California.

We provide continental breakfast, lunch, and healthy snacks for our students.  Most of our lunches come from local food vendors and are prepared fresh just moments before lunch. If you decide, for whatever reason, to pack a lunch or additional snacks for your child, please leave out any products containing nuts for the safety of other children who may have severe allergies.

Admissions & Scholarships

Admission Requirements for Elementary School Programs

Grade Requirement: 

Current 1st – 5th grade students are invited to apply for admission to the NAPCA Summer Academy at all program locations. 

 

Academic Performance:

We are looking for students who are serious about academics and have a strong commitment to strengthening their academic performance in school.

 

Personal Commitment:

Your commitment to taking ownership of your future college and career goals is the most important factor in our process of selecting students for admission. 

 

Teacher Recommendation:
We require one recommendation for each child applying for admission. The recommender must be from an academic teacher. Ask the recommender to complete the Online Recommendation form for your child, which can be found and completed at summer.napcaonline.org/teacher-recommendation

 

Admissions Interview:

Within 2 weeks after you have submitted a complete online application including the required documents for admission, the student and their parent(s) will be contacted by one of our staff members and will be asked to complete an admissions interview via telephone or video chat.

Student Interview (Telephone or Video Chat):

The student interview typically takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. During the interview session, we will ask your child questions related to their academic performance in school, favorite and least favorite part of the day at school, activities they are involved in at school and outside of school, and the types of activities they expect to engage in at our summer program. The purpose of the interview is to get to know each student to ensure our program will be a good fit for them. Additionally, students along with their parents will have an opportunity to ask specific questions about the NAPCA Summer Academy.

Parent Interview (Telephone or Video Chat):

The parent interview typically takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. During the interview session, we will ask questions to get a better insight on the areas (academic and non-academic) you think your son or daughter needs improvement and where your child is today as it relates to exploring and experiencing different career pathways to help your child discover their future career path.

 

Most Recent Academic Report Card

Ask your school or academic counselor to provide you with a copy of your child’s most recent academic report card as you will need to upload to your online admissions application.

 

Admissions Process:

  • Applications for admission are reviewed weekly and admission decisions are made on a rolling basis. We will take applications until all seats have been filled. Students are notified of their acceptance to the program within 2 weeks after they submit their online admissions application.
  • There is NO application fee and deadline to apply! We begin accepting applications on November 1 and will continue to accept applications for admission until all spaces are filled. If your program or location is full and you are a qualified applicant, you will be placed on the waitlist.
  • You will be notified of your acceptance to the program by email. The notification is sent to the email address provided in your application for admission. Be sure to use an email address that you check frequently.
  • After you receive your letter of acceptance to the NAPCA Summer Academy, you must pay your program fee in full or pay at least 10% (nonrefundable deposit) of your total program fee to hold your seat in the program. If you do not submit at least a 10% nonrefundable deposit within 2 weeks after you have been accepted to the program, your seat may be given to another student. Please contact us if you are having difficulty making your nonrefundable deposit. 

Admission Requirements for Middle School Programs

Grade Requirement: 

Current 6th – 8th grade students are invited to apply for admission to the NAPCA Summer Academy at all program locations. 

 

Academic Performance:

We are looking for students who are serious about academics, with at least a 3.00 GPA or higher (cumulative GPA as indicated on the students unofficial academic transcript) in their academic courses.

Note: Students who have earned less than a 3.0 GPA may be considered for admission. Please contact us to speak with one of our staff to discuss your interest in our summer academy.

 

Personal Commitment:

Your commitment to taking ownership of your future college and career goals is the most important factor in our process of selecting students for admission. 

 

Teacher Recommendation:
We require one recommendation for each child applying for admission. The recommender must be from an academic teacher. Ask the recommender to complete the Online Recommendation form for your child, which can be found and completed at summer.napcaonline.org/teacher-recommendation

 

Admissions Interview:

Within 2 weeks after you have submitted a complete online application including the required documents for admission, the student and their parent(s) will be contacted by one of our staff members and will be asked to complete an admissions interview via telephone or video chat.

Student Interview (Telephone or Video Chat):

The student interview typically takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. During the interview session, we will ask your child questions related to their academic performance in school, favorite and least favorite part of the day at school, activities they are involved in at school and outside of school, and the types of activities they expect to engage in at our summer program. The purpose of the interview is to get to know each student to ensure our program will be a good fit for them. Additionally, students along with their parents will have an opportunity to ask specific questions about the NAPCA Summer Academy.

Parent Interview (Telephone or Video Chat):

The parent interview typically takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. During the interview session, we will ask questions to get a better insight on the areas (academic and non-academic) you think your son or daughter needs improvement and where your child is today as it relates to exploring and experiencing different career pathways to help your child discover their future career path.

 

Unofficial Academic Transcript 

Ask your school or academic counselor to provide you with a copy of your unofficial school transcript as you will need to upload to your online admissions application.

 

Admissions Essay 

While your admissions essay is only one of many factors we consider when making our admission decision, it helps provide context for the rest of your application. 

Directions: All applicants must respond to the essay prompt in no more than 500 words (single spaced or double spaced, 12pt font).

Essay Prompt: Please explain why you decided to apply for admission and what you expect to learn and experience from participating in the NAPCA Summer Academy.

Notes: 

  • Please put your full name, school name, grade level, and phone number in the header (top right hand corner) of your admissions essay. 
  • Please compose your admissions essay in Microsoft Word and upload in your online admissions application.

 

Admissions Process:

  • Applications for admission are reviewed weekly and admission decisions are made on a rolling basis. We will take applications until all seats have been filled. Students are notified of their acceptance to the program within 2 weeks after they submit their online application.
  • There is NO application fee and deadline to apply! We begin accepting applications on November 1 and will continue to accept applications for admission until all spaces are filled. If your program or location is full and you are a qualified applicant, you will be placed on the waitlist.
  • You will be notified of your acceptance to the program by email. The notification is sent to the email address provided in your application for admission. Be sure to use an email address that you check frequently.
  • After you receive your letter of acceptance to the NAPCA Summer Academy, you must pay your program fee in full or pay at least 10% (nonrefundable deposit) of your total program fee to hold your seat in the program. If you do not submit at least a 10% nonrefundable deposit within 2 weeks after you have been accepted to the program, your seat may be given to another student. Please contact us if you are having difficulty making your nonrefundable deposit.

Admission Requirements for High School Programs

Grade Requirement: 

Current 9th – 11th grade students are invited to apply for admission to the NAPCA Summer Academy at all program locations. 

 

Academic Performance:

We are looking for students who are serious about academics, with at least a 3.00 GPA or higher (cumulative GPA as indicated on the students unofficial academic transcript) in their academic courses.

Note: Students who have earned less than a 3.0 GPA may be considered for admission. Please contact us to speak with one of our staff to discuss your interest in our summer academy.

 

Personal Commitment:

Your commitment to taking ownership of your future is the most important factor in our process of selecting students for admission. 

 

Online Recommendation from a Teacher or School Counselor:

Ask your school counselor or teacher to complete the Online Recommendation form, which can be found and completed at summer.napcaonline.org/recommendation. We require two recommendations per applicant. One of your recommenders must be from an academic teacher at your school. Both recommenders can be from an academic teacher.

 

Admissions Interview:

Within 2 weeks after you have submitted a complete online application including the required documents for admission, the student and their parent(s) will be contacted by one of our staff members and will be asked to complete an admissions interview via telephone or video chat.

Student Interview (Telephone or Video Chat):

The student interview typically takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. During the interview session, we will ask questions about the student’s academic and career goals, why they decided to apply for admission to the NAPCA Summer Academy, and the activities they are involved in at school and outside of school. The purpose of the interview is to get to know each student to ensure our program will be a good fit for them. Additionally, applicants along with their parents will have an opportunity to ask specific questions about the NAPCA Summer Academy.

Parent Interview (Telephone or Video Chat):

The parent interview typically takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. During the interview session, we will ask questions to get a better insight on the areas (academic and non-academic) you think your son or daughter needs improvement and where your child is today as it relates to exploring and experiencing different career pathways to help your child discover their future career path.

 

Unofficial Academic Transcript 

Ask your school or academic counselor to provide you with a copy of your unofficial school transcript as you will need to upload to your online admissions application.

 

Admissions Essay 

While your admissions essay is only one of many factors we consider when making our admission decision, it helps provide context for the rest of your application. 

Directions: All applicants must respond to the essay prompt in no more than 1000 words (single spaced or double spaced, 12pt font).

Essay Prompt: Please explain why you decided to apply for admission and what you expect to learn and experience from participating in the NAPCA Summer Academy.

Notes: 

  • Please put your full name, school name, grade level, and phone number in the header (top right hand corner) of your admissions essay. 
  • Please compose your admissions essay in Microsoft Word and upload in your online admissions application.

 

Admissions Process:

  • Applications for admission are reviewed weekly and admission decisions are made on a rolling basis. We will take applications until all seats have been filled. Students are notified of their acceptance to the program within 2 weeks after they submit their online application.
  • There is NO application fee and deadline to apply! We begin accepting applications on November 1 and will continue to accept applications for admission until all spaces are filled. If your program or location is full and you are a qualified applicant, you will be placed on the waitlist.
  • You will be notified of your acceptance to the program by email. The notification is sent to the email address provided in your application for admission. Be sure to use an email address that you check frequently.
  • After you receive your letter of acceptance to the NAPCA Summer Academy, you must pay your program fee in full or pay at least 10% (nonrefundable deposit) of your total program fee to hold your seat in the program. If you do not submit at least a 10% nonrefundable deposit within 2 weeks after you have been accepted to the program, your seat may be given to another student. Please contact us if you are having difficulty making your nonrefundable deposit. 

Yes. Parents will need to complete the online scholarship application and upload additional financial information to be considered.  Parents should submit ONE scholarship application per family.

Online Scholarship Application: https://summer.napcaonline.org/scholarship-application

Applications for admission are reviewed weekly and admission decisions are made on a rolling basis. We will take applications until all seats have been filled. Students are notified of their acceptance to the program within 2 weeks after they submit their online application including required documents and completion of the student and parent admissions interview.

There is NO application fee and deadline to apply! We begin accepting applications on November 1 and will continue to accept applications for admission until all spaces are filled. If your program or location is full and you are a qualified applicant, you will be placed on the waitlist.

You will be notified of your acceptance to the program by email. The notification is sent to the email address provided in your online application for admission. Be sure to use an email address that you check frequently.

After you receive your letter of acceptance to the NAPCA Summer Academy, you must pay your program fee in full or pay at least 10% (nonrefundable deposit) of your total program fee to hold your seat in the program. If you do not submit at least a 10% nonrefundable deposit within 2 weeks after you have been accepted to the program, your seat may be given to another student. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Our Staff

10 STUDENTS PER STAFF

Our student’s safety and providing the best supervision is our priority. Our student to staff ratio is 10 students or fewer per staff.

Yes. Criminal background checks, sexual offender checks, and personal and professional references are mandatory for all staff members. Each program location has a Director and staff members who are CPR & First-Aid certified. We regularly evaluate our program staff and instructors to make sure our high standards are met.

Yes. All program staff are required to attend regional training sessions prior to the start of each summer program.

FRIENDLY AND HIGHLY EXPERIENCED STAFF

Our instructors are passionate about teaching college and career readiness courses  — this is a must. We recruit industry professionals, college graduates, current Masters and PhD degree students, and upper-level undergraduates. Many NAPCA alumni return to “pay it forward” once they’re qualified to serve on our staff roster.

Our Students

Absolutely! We can accommodate children with special needs—within the limitations of our resources, natural surroundings, facilities, staff ratios, and program standards—while preserving the nature of the learning experience for all students. We are not able to provide an attendant (one-on-one staff member) to address a student’s personal needs, nor can we accommodate medical conditions or impairments requiring treatment beyond the scope of our staff.

Before enrolling a child with special medical, mental, or psychological needs, please contact us to discuss potential accommodations.

Every state has different regulations on how to store and administer medication in a program setting. We are aware of, and follow, each state’s specific requirements. We have a consulting physician that has set our policies and procedures according to the regulations of the state. Additionally, at each location, there is at least one person who has the state required training around first aid practices. You can reach out to our office to find out the specifics for how we can support your child’s needs.

We have had students who used insulin pumps or needed injections attend our program. We are happy to remind students to come to the program main office, giving them a quiet place to administer their insulin and rest. If a student requires support in order to interpret the results or receive their insulin, we can work with you to provide that.

Each situation will be addressed differently depending on the nature and circumstances of the incident. If there is an incident that is pretty minor (i.e. first time incident, no one seriously hurt), we’ll speak to the children to let them know that sort of behavior is unacceptable. We’ll also connect with their parents to let them know about the incident. If this were to happen repeatedly, we would consider asking a child not to come back. If there is a more serious incident involving any kind of significant injury or if a child poses a risk to himself/herself or others, we would call the parents immediately to have that child picked up and would consider asking them not to come back.

Very rarely does bullying (unwanted, aggressive behavior that involves a real or perceived power imbalance and is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time) occur at our program. Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose. We take bullying very seriously and involve the parents and children of all parties to have a deeper discussion and take action from there accordingly to keep all students safe.

Safety and Security

Safety and security are always top of mind. There are a number of things we do to ensure the safety of our students. At each location, we closely monitor who is entering and leaving the campus at all times. We set up our locations so there is one main entrance/exit. If there is a gate that cannot be closed to secure that entrance/exit, we’ll have someone stationed at or near it at all times so there is constant supervision of who is coming and going.

Any adult who is on-campus (beyond our check-in/out area) must have a valid background check on file with us or be escorted the entire time by one of our staff members. This is for the safety of all students in our care. Parents, guardians, or other designated pick-up persons who may wish to come onto a location must wait until a staff member is able to escort them.

When students arrive to the program, they sign into our custom-built database, which has all of the information that was provided by the parent when they registered, including who is allowed to pick up their child. When students sign in, they receive a badge, which is a physical indicator that the child has signed in and is registered.

At the end of the day, anyone who comes to pick-up a student must be on the authorized pick-up list. A staff member will check the list (and the person’s ID) before letting the student leave. 

When choosing new locations for our program, security is one of the top priorities. We choose locations that are contained and easy to supervise. We also go to great lengths to set up our own physical barriers or to supervise entry and exit points on campus.

Weather

There are several things we do to address the summer heat. We set up shade tents so students can get some relief from the sun. We provide large water activities such as giant water slides and inflatable water play structures which will be offered on hot days. We always have lots of sunscreen on hand. Drinking water is always readily available. There are lots of indoor activities taking place throughout the day, and many of these take place in rooms that are air conditioned or equipped with fans.

Committed to Closing the College and Career Aspirations – Attainment Gap for All Students

NAPCA’s mission is to “close the college and career aspirations – attainment gap” by empowering students with the tools and mindsets to define their life’s purpose/career path, break through their barriers, and complete a postsecondary education degree or career training certificate or licensure program, specifically to enter careers that provide a sense of purpose and meaning to their lives.

Definition. College & Career Aspirations – Attainment Gap: The distance between a student’s stated college and career aspirations and the realization of completing a postsecondary education degree or career training certificate or licensure program, specifically to be prepared to enter high skilled careers or trades.

Working toward the day that all youth and teens in communities across the U.S. and internationally will have the opportunity to be prepared to successfully enter and complete some form of postsecondary education or career/technical training, specifically to be prepared to enter high skilled careers and/or trades.

Empowering students in communities across the globe to:

  • Explore their future college and career paths
  • Find their life’s purpose/career path
  • Recondition their mindset for success
  • Break through the barriers to academic and career success (i.e., The fear of failure, success, and the unknown including mental, social, emotional, and cultural barriers)
  • Enroll and complete a regionally accredited two- or four-year college degree and/or career and technical training certificate or licensure program
  • Walk with hope and purpose while taking ownership of their future education and career goals

College Readiness: NAPCA students are better prepared for college than non-NAPCA students at specific schools served by NAPCA, surpassing students when it comes to “a-g” coursework and entrance exam completion, four-year college eligibility, college enrollment, college persistence, and college completion.

 

Coursework: NAPCA students are three times more likely to complete the “a-g” courses required for college admission as their non-NAPCA counterparts: 91% compared to 30%.

 

College Enrollment: 98% of NAPCA students attend college the first year after high school graduation.

 

College Success: The college persistence rates of NAPCA alumni are equal to or better than their campus counterparts who did not participate in NAPCA.