About PennRSSA Summer Academy

The University of Pennsylvania Rising Scholar Success Academy (PennRSSA) is a free, virtual, six-week summer program designed for rising high school seniors across Philadelphia.

Originally launched in July 2020 as the Rising Senior Summer Academy, the program uses a combination of synchronous and asynchronous programming to offer high-caliber academic enrichment, college preparation, and career exploration.

This year's program dates are Tuesday, June 21 - Thursday, July 28.


The program is open to any student in a School District of Philadelphia, Archdiocese of Philadelphia, or Philadelphia public charter school who is on track to graduate in 2022-23.

Participation Requirements

Summer Academy students must be available from 10:00am - 2:00pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays for the duration of the program.

Participants are expected to attend all live sessions (including routine check-ins with their “pod”) and submit required assignments.

Program Incentives

Students who successfully complete the PennRSSA Summer Academy will be eligible for the following:

  • A WorkReady stipend of up to $1,000,

  • One high school credit on their academic transcript (for School District of Philadelphia students and those enrolled in participating schools), and 

  • A certificate of completion from the University of Pennsylvania.

How to Apply

This year, the PennRSSA Summer Academy is an approved WorkReady worksite. Thus, prospective PennRSSA participants will need to apply via the WorkReady website.

To initiate the application, submit this brief PennRSSA Registration Form.

A maximum of 800 students will be enrolled on a first come, first served basis.

Information Session Video Recordings

Information Session, Part I
Information Session, Part I
About PennRSSA


Information Session, Part II
Information Session, Part II
Applying to PennRSSA