Academic Enrichment

The Double Discovery Center recognizes that a young person’s readiness for college success (e.g. degree attainment) is directly linked to the extent to which they are proficient and can demonstrate intellectual rigor. While 75% of all postsecondary institutions admit qualified candidates, only a third of admitted students have a four-year graduation rate from the institutions in which they enroll as first year students; and more than 600,000 leave college before receiving a degree or take longer than four years to graduate. According to Complete College America, an additional year in a public four-year college can cost $22,826. When coupled with an average loss of salary earnings of $45,327, the cost of NOT being college ready can total at least $68,153 for each additional year.

With this in mind, DDC’s academic enrichment programming is designed to address three core questions:

  • How does the course/activity contribute to students’ acquisition of the knowledge and skills necessary to meet a defined set of college-ready standards of skills and knowledge?
  • How does this course/activity develop the intellectual rigor of students through developmentally appropriate strategies (e.g. instructional scaffolds that intentionally lead to independent practice)?
  • How does this course/activity use instructional pacing that allows students to complete an embedded standards-aligned culminating project whereby they can demonstrate their proficiency in a defined set of college-ready standards of skills and knowledge?

Our Objectives


Improve students’ skills in the reading, writing, and speaking. Develop their ability to think critically and comparatively to provide a well-supported synthesis and analysis of information from multiple sources. Build students’ enthusiasm and stamina for literacy activities (e.g. reading, writing, and speaking).


Increase students’ conceptual and procedural knowledge as well as their problem-solving skills in Algebra. Build their knowledge & skills around STEM (including the scientific method) content so they can apply their new understandings in real-world, problem-solving settings. Provide exposures that build students’ understanding of the world of STEM careers.


Bolster students’ exposure to cultural resources by engaging them in new art and art making forms to provide them with opportunities for creative exploration of academic and non-academic topics and help them to make connections with the world of art.


Previous Course Offerings

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Black Feminist Literature: A Chorus for Us
Black Feminist Literature: A Chorus for Us

Students will have the opportunity to study foundational Black feminist texts, including music, artwork and film, and consider how they reach through time to speak to us in our present day. While we read the texts, we will also think about what it means to create our own practice of Black feminist care--for ourselves and for others.

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Unbecoming Me

Through analysis of coming-of-age narratives, we will study characters who transgress (to deviate or go against) what it means to be black, girl, boy, lantinx, and queer, and simultaneously recreate themselves a new. We will consider consequences these characters face for breaking rules and ask whether the freedom they experience is worth it.

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Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli: An Examination of Japanese Culture Through Film
Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli: An Examination of Japanese Culture Through Film

This course examines one of the most famous animators of all time, Hayao Miyazaki! We will discuss his childhood and life events that influenced his work and creativity and investigate recurring themes throughout selected films (environmentalism, war trauma, politics of history, loss of innocence/growing up, friendship, love, and more).

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We are the Art: Wearable Art & Fashion

We will explore and learn about four influential fashion designers/artists of the diaspora and delve into their stories and techniques. While learning about these Black pioneers of fashion, we will make our own wearable art using them as our inspiration and their techniques as our guide.

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At the Crossroads: Where We Stand

Our identities are made up of multiple different facets that define who we are. In this course, through various perspectives in the texts we read, short stories, poems, and non-print media (videos, podcasts, music, photography, etc.), we will develop our writing and speaking skills through an investigation of diverse literature. 

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Modern Genetics: Science, History, Ethics

This course explores the historical context and contemporary ethical issues of modern genetics. Some of the topics that will be covered are personal genetics, the American eugenics movement, and gene editing. Technical understanding of scientific concepts will not be emphasized or required!