Each summer, the APPLE Project hosts a Summer Session spanning six weeks from June-July. During this time, students live on campus at Lyon College and take challenging courses from a curriculum that includes both college-credit and college preparatory courses. The courses are taught by Project staff, Lyon College faculty, and teachers from the target high schools. College credits earned in the Project’s summer courses are transferable to other colleges and universities.
Senior APPLE Project students who have been in good standing in the program are eligible to apply for a Bridge Scholarship, providing two regular college classes at Lyon College during the six-week Summer Session. The Project supplies their books; pays their tuition, room and board; and schedules tutoring and counseling support for them as they face their first real college experience.
All Summer Session students spend weekends at home, leaving campus on Friday afternoon and returning on Sunday evening. All participants are offered recreational, social, and cultural events, and they all receive a small weekly stipend for participation. Students also take fieldtrips to places such as the Pink Palace Planetarium and Museum, the Civil Rights Museum, Murry's Dinner Playhouse, Arkansas Arts Center, Brooks Museum of Art, the Memphis Zoo, and many exciting theatrical, musical, and educational presentations.