Senior Academy

patty-and-graduate-1The Senior Academy Program is sponsored by the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools. The program is a dropout prevention initiative that provides one-on-one mentoring for 11th and 12th grade students who are in jeopardy of not graduating. High school guidance counselors identify these students who then agree to be a part of the program. Mentors are expected to spend at least one hour per week meeting with their student from late September through May. While this is not a tutoring program, many mentors have provided that type of support when meeting with their student. Mentors are also provided with incentives to give to their student, to be awarded when attendance and coursework goals are met.

In 2016-17, we served a total of 121 students: 104 seniors and 17 juniors. Of the 104 senior students, 103 students have graduated, are graduating, or are on-track to graduate – which includes 4th, 5th, & 6th year graduates, those who attended summer school, and students expected to return for the 2017-18 year – yielding a 99% program graduation rate.

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  • Mentors are expected to attend a training session at their chosen school site and spend at least one hour per week meeting with their student, starting late September through May.
  • Mentors review graduation guidelines and assist with researching potential career opportunities.
  • Participants are encouraged to help students set attainable goals and identify positive problem solving strategies.
  • Mentors receive weekly progress and attendance reports for their students.
  • Mentors communicate with the program coordinator regarding student progress.
  • Participants keep time logs and other information as requested by program coordinator.
  • Mentors meet with their student during school hours.
  • Mentors maintain confidentially of all student records and information.
  • Mentors are encouraged to utilize the Senior Academy Message Board.


  • Carver
  • East Forsyth
  • Glenn
  • North Forsyth
  • Parkland
  • Reynolds

bryan-wilson“My year in mentoring was amazing. What surprised me the most was that, although I came thinking I would give my best to my student, I quickly realized that I received so much as well. After each session, I walked away feeling inspired and gained a great deal of clarity in my own life. In a sense, my mentee also served as my mentor in some ways.”
               ~Dr. Bryan Wilson


If you would like to become a mentor, contact Tina Long at 336-728-9204.