Cum Laude Society
The Cum Laude Society was founded at the Jacob Tome Institute in Maryland in 1906. Its purpose was to establish in American secondary schools an honor organization to recognize and encourage excellence in academic work. The Phillips Academy chapter was established in 1907, and in 1926 Abbot Academy became the first girls' school to establish a chapter. In February of each year, the Andover chapter elects to the society those members of the senior class who have achieved and maintained high scholarship during the whole of their upper-middle year and the fall term of their senior year. In June, those students who have achieved and maintained high scholarship during the spring term of their upper-middle year and the whole of their senior year are elected.
Each year, a number of student applicants receive funding from the Academy’s Office of Community and Multicultural Development (CAMD) to conduct summer research on topics related to diversity and multiculturalism. Students then present their findings to the Phillips Academy community during the following academic year.
Brace Student Fellows
Each year, a small number of student applicants receive funding from the Brace Center to conduct independent summer research projects in gender studies, including multiracial and multicultural dimensions. The Student Fellows Series is presented in the fall and provides an opportunity for the fellows to share their research findings in a public forum.
Abbot Independent Scholars Program
This program (the AISP) provides selected seniors (and the occasional younger student) who have exhausted the course offerings in their desired area(s) of study an opportunity to work independently with a faculty mentor for course credit. Each project is graded on the standard 0-6 scale by the supervising faculty mentor.