Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What will happen to Academy programs for the remainder of this (2015-16) school year?
  2. What’s happening with the Academy’s Executive Director?
  3. How will the program change next year?
  4. Is the Summer Program still happening?
  5. Will my child be a part of Willamette Academy next year?
  6. Has Willamette University’s commitment to Academy students changed?
  7. Will new students be admitted to the Academy this year?

1. What will happen to Academy programs for the remainder of this (2015-16) school year?

Previously scheduled programs will continue as planned and all current Academy students will remain part of the Academy. The Academy will remain open until June 14, 2016 - the end of the Salem Keizer school year.

David Douglass, dean of campus life, will continue to oversee Academy operations until May 27. At that time, Professor Emily Drew will take over as the Academy’s acting operations director until the new executive director is hired and settled at Willamette.


2. What’s happening with the Academy’s Executive Director?

A steering committee, including Willamette faculty and staff members, has met and is working to update the position description for the executive director and search for candidates.


3. How will the program change next year?

Willamette Academy’s programs will be very similar to last year, at least for the fall semester. It is the expectation that the new Executive Director, when hired, will have the opportunity to take a comprehensive review of the program. Rest assured, Willamette Academy students and families will be part of the process to make Willamette Academy a stronger program for the students it serves.


4. Is the Summer Program still happening?

Yes. A modified version of the summer program took place in late June/early July. The program was coordinated by Rebecca Moore and professor Emily Drew. The program did not include a residential component.


5. Will my child be a part of Willamette Academy next year?

All Willamette Academy and Project Promise students are invited back to the Academy for the 2016-17 school year.


6. Has Willamette University’s commitment to Academy students changed?

Willamette University remains fully committed to Willamette Academy, and is working with community leaders and the Salem-Keizer School District to ensure the program meets the needs of students and families. All of the Academy’s programs are designed to provide support for students to ensure their success before and during college.

The University’s commitment to meet the full financial need of Willamette Academy students who enroll at Willamette is unchanged.


7. Will new students be admitted to the Academy this year?

All existing Willamette Academy students (current 8-11th graders) will be a part of Willamette Academy for the 2016-17 academic year. No new students will be admitted to the Academy until the new executive director is hired and has an opportunity to develop a strategic plan for the program.