About Keeping Pace
Keeping Pace, founded in 2006, is a summer program at Pace Academy serving middle- and high-school students from Atlanta's Peoplestown, English Avenue and Vine City neighborhoods, south of downtown Atlanta. In the shadow of the former Braves stadium, these underserved communities offer few to no summer options to youth of this age. The typical Keeping Pace Scholar is a student “caught in the middle”—not required to attend summer school for remediation, but not a likely candidate for other prestigious metro summer programs for underserved youth. Keeping Pace does not charge an application fee to attend; its only requirement is that Scholars have the ability to attend and the motivation to participate.
Each summer, the program offers Scholars six weeks of academic enrichment, along with swimming and recreation, special guest presentations, and off-campus field trips. Scholars also receive bus transportation to and from camp, meals and snacks, and all supplies needed for coursework. Pace Academy faculty members staff the program, and Pace Upper School students serve as counselors and tutors.
In recent years, new programming has included standardized test preparation as well as special interest classes, such as robotics and glassblowing, which offer variety on top of core coursework. Beginning in 2015, high-school-aged participants have been offered new opportunities for personal growth through the Leadership-in-Training (LIT) and Counselor-in-Training (CIT) programs. The LIT and CIT programs enable these more mature Scholars to take on responsibilities and gain practical work experience. They earn a stipend for their work, and after completing the programs, have the opportunity to apply for full-time paid counselor positions.