Fall Term Information for Phillips Academy Families

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PALS Summer 2021 begins July 5!

PALS will welcome rising 7th, 8th, and 9th graders from Lawrence Middle Schools for our remote program.

Contact PALS@andover.edu with any questions.

A history and context for our work in Lawrence, MA
Hear from two 2020 tutors about their experience with PALS
Our program's history and future
The best part about PALS? The students

PALS shares "everything you want to know about high school" with 7th graders

In March 2021, over a dozen students joined our virtual Phillips Academy panel to learn more about high school types and ask questions on their mind about life beyond middle school.

PALS Winter Book Club welcomes 20 middle school participants

For six weeks from January to March 2021, 12 Phillips Academy students, 6 campus adults, and 20 participants in grades 6, 7, and 8 from Lawrence met in small, virtual groups to read and discuss our first-ever book club selections.

PALS launches a remote Summer 2020 program

Due to on-campus restrictions at Phillips Academy, PALS finds a new way to connect with over 40 rising 7th, 8th, and 9th graders from Lawrence.

Explore the PALS Summer 2020 program

Learn more about PALS and see highlights from our Summer Program.

Celebrating 30 Years of Community Partnership

PALS is a two-year, year-round program that provides academic enrichment, study skills, and learning strategies for Lawrence middle school students and assists them with the high school application process. Established in 1988, PALS serves over 40 students from Spark Academy, Parthum Middle School, UP Academy Leonard, and UP Academy Oliver. All children are recommended by their teachers and go through a rigorous admissions process to the program.

During the school year, students meet twice weekly for 20 weeks for one to 2 hours daily. A structured curriculum seeks to improve reading, writing, and math skills. Students read a variety of text geared at improving their critical thinking skills. At any given moment a student may be seen reading articles on current events, a novel by Sandra Cisneros, or writing their own poetry to illustrate the uses of imagery and allusion. Our new math curriculum focuses on preparing students to complete Algebra by the conclusion of our program in anticipation of high school math at a high level.

Our summer program is a highly focused four-week, all-day program that combines classroom instruction with real-world learning. In the morning students, students study intensely for 3 hours in traditional academic areas. Afternoons are filled with tutorials to strengthen retention of new materials, research projects, and learning new skills such as playing the piano.

All of this learning is facilitated by a focus on strong academic preparation and rigor. Our mission is to prepare students for high school and for many that will include attendance at local parochial and independent schools.

If you have questions about making a gift to PALS, please contact Beth Parsons at 978-749-4523.

Contact PALS

Nicole Shadeed
PALS Program Director
180 Main Street
Andover, MA 01810


PALS Tutor raises more than $12,000 to fund backpack & supplies initiative for PALS students. Read the Story.

PALS 2020 Program Report