Scholar Selection Process

New students are selected through a partnership with Communities In Schools (CIS). Students are selected in the fourth grade by teachers and CIS staff at various high poverty elementary schools throughout CMS.

All scholars must meet the following three criteria to be selected by school personnel: strong academic effortleadership potential, and good citizenship. As long as students continue to meet these standards, they may remain in our five-year middle school program. Students who continue to perform well in school and at camp and participate fully in our middle school program will be invited to join our new high school program. Our high school program will include summer camp/leadership/outdoor adventure experiences, year-round enrichment activities focused on goal-setting and college and career prep, and mentors to help empower students to find their way to success in school and life.

Students who demonstrate strong academic effort:

  • possess an enthusiasm for learning.
  • complete assignments and take pride in their schoolwork.
  • strive to do their best in all school subjects.
  • attempt to improve their skills.

Students who demonstrate leadership potential:

  • create plans to achieve goals.
  • set good examples for classmates and exhibit high personal standards.
  • make good decisions and accept responsibility for their decisions.
  • possess strong communication skills and listen effectively to others.

Students who demonstrate good citizenship:

  • treat classmates with respect and dignity.
  • work to make their classroom, school and community a better place.
  • care about the environment.
  • obey their classroom, school, and family rules.

Expectations of the Parents of Wayfinders Scholars

Wayfinders cares about its scholars and their families. The organization and its volunteers strive to form personal relationships with each participant. Part of this relationship requires the parents of our scholars to be committed to the Wayfinders purpose and their student’s continued success.

We ask parents of Wayfinders scholars to:

  1. Complete and return all applications and materials to Wayfinders on time.
  2. Always return phone calls to Wayfinders staff and volunteers in a timely manner.
  3. Notify Wayfinders of changes in phone numbers, addresses, schools, etc.
  4. Participate in parent and scholar surveys.
  5. Provide Wayfinders with their child’s end-of-year report card.
  6. Allow Wayfinders to access their child’s school grades, EOC and EOG scores, behavior and attendance information.

Camp Opportunities for Students Outside of Wayfinders Partnership Schools

Depending on the summer, Wayfinders may have additional openings in our scholar enrollment program for students that do not attend our partnership schools. Students wishing to apply to the Wayfinders program should contact Mollie T. James.