ABOUT US

The Achievement Institute of Scientific Studies guides academically motivated, economically disadvantaged high school students interested in pursuing a career in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields.

                                              

We are a college readiness STEM program that spans over two years, the junior and senior years of high school, aiming to bridge the learning gap between high school and college. We focus on teaching our scholars Cultural Capital & Life Skills, College Readiness, and STEM Career Awareness.

To shape our students' personal, professional, and educational development, we host STEM guest speakers, teach networking and communication skills, create student excursions to college campuses and STEM career facilties, hands on STEM projects, and much more.

Our Mission

What Do We Do?

Good Jobs Now and for the Future, by Commerce’s Economics and Statistics Administration, shows that growth in STEM jobs has been three times greater than that of non-STEM jobs over the last 10 years. And throughout the next decade, STEM occupations are projected to grow by 17%, compared to 9.8% growth for other occupations.”

-Gary Locke, Secretary of Commerce

 

A scholar from AISS class of 2017 introduces himself to Lucinda Pueblos, Assistant Superintendent of SAUSD

Our Goals

Coordinate industry and academic partners to motivate and assist our students in applying to colleges and universities, majoring in STEM fields

Help parents of economically disadvantaged high school students understand the value of a higher education and access the resources necessary to enable their children to obtain an university education.

Provide training on “cultural capital” to the students: leadership, team-work, cooperation, time management, manners, attire, comportment and personal presentation skills.

Motivate youth to specialize in the fields that are the future of our country, educational system, employment opportunities.

AISS College Readiness STEM Program

10th GRADE RECRUITMENT

  • Meet with High School Counselors to start the selection of students for the next cycle 
     

  • Distribute information to Counselors, Math & Science Teachers
     

  • Interview and select participants for the program
     

  • Send in request for the use of Community Facility for the Summer 
     

  • Select Summer Staff Assignments
     

  • Staff planning

Jesus Horta '09

11th GRADE SUMMER

  • SAT/ACT preparation 
     

  • $500-$800 Stipend 
     

  • Personal Development: Grooming, Manners, Business Etiquette, Dress for Success, Academic Ethics, Roberts Rules of Order
     

  • Scientific Calculator assignment and training
     

  • Science and Engineering Seminars: Civil, Mechanical, computer, Electronic, Environmental, Architectural, Architecture, Biology, Science Careers, MD Requirements, Nursing, Chiropractic Medicine, Genetics, Chemistry, Natural Biology.

11th GRADE SATURDAYS

  • SAT/ACT Advance Preparaton 
     

  • STEM Career Awareness: Study Trips to Science-based Industries, Entrepreneurial aspects of the Sciences, Business Aspects of the Sciences
     

  • Educational Development: Science and Engineering Seminars: Civil, Mechanical, computer, Electronic, Environmental, Architectural, Architecture, Biology, Science Careers, MD Requirements, Nursing, Chiropractic Medicine, Genetics, Chemistry, Natural Biology

  • Advanced SAT/ACT Preparation
     

  • Elligible tudents receive laptop and stipend
     

  • Educational Goal Setting: University Application Process, Study Trips, Entrance Planning, Financial Aid, Alumni/Recruiter presentations 
     

  • College Readiness: Choosing the Right University, Personal Essay and Portfolio Development 
     

  • Educational Development: Marine Biology Research and Project Writing a Scientific Paper/Powerpoint 
    Presentation, Advanced Scientific Topics

    •  Scientific Topics: Lasers and Optics, Nuclear Energy, Internet Research, Cell Regeneration, Outer Space Findings.

12th GRADE SPRING/SUMMER

GRADUATE SUMMER

  • Scholarship Applications and Grants follow-up
     

  • Evaluation of University Admittance and Financial Aid Packages
     

  • Selection of University to attend

12th GRADE SATURDAYS

"AISS has given me all the self-confidence I have."

Paloma Gomez '15

  • College Readiness: University Portfolio Completion, University Study Trips, Submission of University Applications, Submission of Student Grants Applications, Scholarship Portfolio Completion, Scholarship Research, Submission of Scholarship Applications

8 Week Summer Session Schedule

MONDAY

Guest Speaker Program

Past Speakers:

  • Western Digital

  • Assistant Superintendent of SAUSD

  • Advanced Linux Sound Architecture 

 

Classes are from Monday to Friday from 1 PM to 4:30 PM

TUESDAY

Visit Business

and

Industry Sites

Such as:

  • Edwards Lifesciences

  • Google

 

WEDNESDAY

Science Lectures, Writing Science Reports, and Oral Reports by Students

THURSDAY

SAT and ACT Study Programs

FRIDAY

UC Irvine Science Labs Program with Dr. Debra Mauzy-Melitz

Requirements for Scholar Applicants

  • Minimum grade point average of 3.5

  • Letters of recommendation (math & science teachers)

  • Student and parent agreement to attend up to 50 seminars a year

  • Eligible for federal free lunch program

  • Willing to commit to a 2-yr program beginning in the 11th grade

 
 
 

Class of 2015 at Edwards Lifesciences learning about bioprosthetics

"Participating in the Achievement Institute of Scientific Studies (AISS) has been one of the best choices I have made in my entire high school experience. Through AISS I was able to explore the types of science and math related fields available by having the opportunity to ask professionals about their jobs.​"

-Omar Tena '15

"AISS has been the guide I needed into the open and challenging world of STEM careers and ideas."

 

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