About the Advanced Studies & Leadership Program


The Advanced Studies & Leadership Program (ASLP), a 3-week summer college-like residential experience developed by the Cape Cod Collaborative with the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, emphasizes leadership and development, and project oriented instruction in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) areas and the humanities for high achieving students from the Cape Cod Collaborative member districts.

Goals & Objectives

As a program in partnership with the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, the objectives of the ASLP are:

  • To support and stimulate high achieving students by providing a 3-week summer program that offers hands-on academic pursuit and interactive leadership activities within a collegial environment.
  • To provide a total of 48 hours of project-oriented study in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) related subject areas.
  • To provide a total of 24 hours of project-oriented study in a humanity related subject area.
  • To provide an evening program of interactive leadership activities.
  • To provide necessary media and library support to ensure success for each student.

Students participate in the program on the basis of most recent MCAS scores. Student scores must fall within the top 15% of their grade level. In addition, the following criteria will also be considered:

  • Past academic achievement
  • Interest in subject area
  • Current teacher recommendations
  • Guidance Counselor or Principal recommendation
Each student will enroll in a three module Science/Technology/Engineering/Math Course (STEM Course).

Students participate in four day modules, 3.5 hours each day, of exciting hands-on study which will include demonstrations and interactive work with world class technology and state-of-the-art science labs.

“Power Engineering and Renewable Energy,” “Navigation and Shiphandling,” “Use of Remotely Operated Vehicles in Oceanography,” “Ecology of Running Waters,” “Marine Environmental Problems on Cape Cod,” “Marine Science of Cape Cod,” and “Hydroponics,” “Oceanography,” and “Emergency Management” will be topical areas (tentative) explored within each module.

Each student will also select one Humanities course (105 minutes per day) to be selected from this tentative list of courses: “Improve with Improv,” “Painting and Drawing”, “Yearbook Development – Writing and Publication”, “Critics Corner,” “Musical Activity,” and “Maritime History


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  • Cost Per Student Tuition per student is $1380 for the three week residential experience. ($1300 tuition plus $80 non-refundable application fee = $1380.)
  • Scholarships A limited amount of funding is available for those meeting ASLP financial needs guidelines.
  • Tuition Fees A deposit of $250 is required within ten (10) days of acceptance.  (The check should be made payable to the Cape Cod Collaborative.) All balances are to be paid in full by May 22, 2020. Tuition payments, payable to the Cape Cod Collaborative, should be mailed to: Cape Cod Collaborative Attn: ASLP 418 Bumps River Road Osterville, MA  02655
  • Refund Policy A $250.00 deposit is required within ten (10) days of acceptance into the program. Should a student withdraw from the program after acceptance, but prior to May 6, 2020, $125.00 of this deposit may be refunded.  Should a student withdraw from the program after May 8th, no portion of this deposit is refundable. Should a student withdraw from the program after the program has started, yet before it is completed, the following schedule of refunds will apply. Exclusive of the non-refundable $250.00 deposit, the refund will be computed as follows:
  • If the student leaves during the first week of the program, a refund of 50% of the parental payment (exclusive of the $250.00 deposit) will be refunded.
  • Refund checks will be mailed within 10 days after the close of the program.
  • No refunds will be made after the close of the first week of the program.

ASLP Tuition Payments
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A student is eligible to participate in the Advanced Studies and Leadership Program if:

  • The student is entering grade 8 or 9 in September of 2020
  • The student is enrolled in a public school within a member district of the Cape Cod Collaborative. Note: a limited number of seats may be made available to public school students from non-member districts.
  • The student has sufficient background, potential, and the commitment to profit from the courses and residential environment being offered.
Application Information

Interested students should consult their school principal or guidance counselor for information and application materials. Application materials are available at the principal/guidance office within member schools.  Applications will only be accepted from the principal/guidance counselor at the member district. The following materials must be submitted to the guidance/principal’s office by the due date designated by the district:

  1. Check for non-refundable application fee ($80)
  2. Two teacher recommendations
  3. Guidance counselor or principal recommendation


July 24, 2020 – 9:00 a.m.

Please note:  parents should arrive between 7:30 – 8 a.m. to pack up their child’s belongings.

Parents – please DO NOT drive down to the dormitory.

ASLP Contact Information

Massachusetts Maritime Academy
101 Academy Drive
Buzzards Bay, MA 02532

Day-to-Day Program Activities:

Stephen M. Kelleher, CDR

Admissions and Payments:

Elizabeth Moran and Julie DeBenedictis

ASLP Parent Student-Catalogue: 

Joseph Gilbert