Epic Theatre Center wants to improve its after-school program, Epic Remix, where high school students work with professional teaching artists to write and perform adaptations of Shakespeare plays. Although participants of Epic Remix have a 95 percent high-school graduation rate, their college attendance and retention rates are much lower. Epic proposes to partner with CATES Educational Testing Service to establish college preparatory services for all Epic Remix participants. CATES instructors will train Epic artists to deliver SAT/ACT preparation, college awareness and application preparation, while Epic artists will train CATES instructors in the Epic method of teaching. A new curriculum will be created, which will weave college prep services into Epic’s program and will be implemented by both CATES and Epic staff.
This grant will support the establishment of college preparatory services for Epic participants.