Syracuse University Project Advance

Science teacher Mr. Fred Feraco stands with his students who’ve completed the Syracuse University Project Advance program.
Science teacher Mr. Fred Feraco stands with his students who’ve completed the Syracuse University Project Advance program.

Research students from Walt Whitman High School recently participated in the Syracuse University Project Advance, a program that provides high school students with the opportunity to take advanced level courses during their regularly scheduled school days. Science teacher Mr. Fred Feraco established a partnership with Syracuse University, as well as Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Brookhaven Laboratory, and Stony Brook University in implementing this program in order for students to expand upon the research they are currently doing at the high school. These partnerships allow for students to work with college professors and ask questions to further their research and development of their projects.

Syracuse University Project Advance (SUPA) was originally created in 1972 as a way of targeting “senioritis,” a time when seniors tend to relax due to a lessened course load. By developing concurrent, or “duel enrollment,” SUPA helps seniors to prepare for their transition from high school to college by allowing them to take advantage of advanced level opportunities while earning course credit during school hours.