Trinity Education for Excellence Program (TEEP)
Trinity Education for Excellence Program (TEEP) empowers students to achieve excellence, both inside and outside of the classroom. This tuition-free, out-of-school-time character and leadership development program engages Boston Public middle and high school students with a safe and supportive community. TEEP focuses on youth development through a fusion of academic support, experiential learning, and community building.
Application for the 2016 summer are now available!
Middle School Program
Academic classes help combat summer learning loss and shore up basic skills.Summer Program
At the heart of TEEP is a 5-week intensive summer program during which rising 7th and 8th graders focus on academics in the morning (math, language arts, music, fine art, and computer skills) and enrichment activities, like field trips, in the afternoon. Academic classes help combat summer learning loss and shore up basic skills. The summer program helps foster a love of learning and teaches the students TEEP’s core values:
The “5 R’s”
The middle school students look to their high school peers as leaders both inside and outside of TEEP. Students that are promoted to the high school LDP (Leadership Development Program) serve as paid counselors for the middle schoolers during the summer weeks, and are careful to model the 5 R’s, both during and outside of TEEP.
High School Leadership Development Program
TEEP’s 9th grade summer program and high school Leadership Development Program focus on three key aspects of leadership development. We call these components the 3 I’s:
The “3 I’s”
High School Admissions
This 12 week course is designed to help 8th graders and their families successfully navigate the highly complex process of high school admissions in Boston. TEEP aims to ensure placement in a college preparatory high school by focusing on the individual needs of each student and their families. TEEP collaborates with “college-focused” Boston-area secondary schools, facilitating the right enrollment choice for students, and then enabling TEEP staff to work with school leadership to consistently provide emotional/social or academic support as needed.
College Planning and Academic Support
In the high school years, students follow our four-year Road Map to College curriculum. Road Map to College provides students and their TEEP staff or mentors with the tools to make the best post-secondary decision for each student. These tools are: Student Goal Setting, Monthly Academic Check-Ins, Tutoring, Kaplan SAT Test Prep, College Visits, College Application Support, College Interview Prep, and FUEL (Families United in Educational Leadership) College Savings Workshops.
Over the years, TEEP has developed important relationships with post-secondary schools that have come to value and respect TEEP’s focus on character formation and college preparedness. TEEP has built a pipeline with these schools, ensuring that qualified, admitted applicants from TEEP receive financial aid and other academic supports for their time at the school.
Trinity Church is like our home and TEEP is like our family. It has been an amazing five weeks and although that first day we may not have known each other, all of us have developed bonds, friendships, and memories that will last a lifetime.Christine (7th grade)
TEEP has given me a lot of reasons to be grateful. One thing I’m really grateful for is the Road Map to College (RMC) offered at TEEP. They start this process as early as middle school. With the RMC, I was able to get into a really good private high school, Boston College High School, and they worked with me throughout my high school journey to help me have a greater chance to attend a four-year college. They offered tutoring, SAT Prep classes, peer mentors on college applications, and colleges trips to name a few. TEEP has a great hard-working staff who really do care about you and want to see you achieve excellence. I am currently attending Fairfield University thanks to the RMC program at TEEP, and for that I am very grateful this holiday season.Standy, TEEP alum and freshman at Fairfield University
Walking into TEEP for the first time, I wasn’t sure if it was the smiles that surrounded me, or the enthusiasm in the room, that made me feel so welcomed, so accepted. Honestly it might be a little sentimental, but it was the first time in a long time that I felt wanted. That first summer at TEEP where not only did I learn the importance of the 5R’s – Respect, Responsibility, Restraint, Redemption, and Reciprocity – but I learned the importance of family and friendship. TEEP changed me.Joseph, TEEP 11th grader
This summer, I believe I saw the best youth development program in Boston, if not in the country. I’m a fundraiser at Roxbury Presbyterian Church Social Impact Center, which houses the Trinity Education for Excellence Program (TEEP) @ Roxbury summer program. Watching the TEEP @ Roxbury staff from my office, I saw they were on fire with drive and clear, focused mentorship of the youth.
Each week had a theme—Respect, Responsibility, Restraint, Reciprocity, & Redemption. Readings and fieldtrips supported the themes, while daily group meetings gave youth a chance to discuss these ideals and hear feedback from staff on their own performance. The youth took TEEP to heart, acknowledging when they weren’t living up to expectations, re-committing themselves to doing better, and then following through in the next week.
It was truly a privilege to watch this program in action every day. The curriculum and the staff more than live up to the “E” for Excellence in their name. Watching the youth respond with respect and curiosity to TEEP’s academic and life lessons curriculum, I felt that my twenty-year career has brought me to the best there is!Nancy Kilburn, Roxbury Presbyterian Church Social Impact Center