Congressional Award and College Readiness Program (Congressional Award - CoRe)


The mission of the program is to help students working towards Congressional Award, Academic success, College Readiness, and Service, while helping students to build good characters to be college ready and productive citizens. 


Program’s vision is to have SAS graduates completed the Congressional Award Program, attended to the best fit colleges and became responsible and productive citizens.

What is Congressional Award Program?

The Congressional Award is the United States Congress’ award for young Americans. It is one of the highest award a youth can get. The program is open to all youth ages 14 (may sign up at 13 and half) to 23 and is non-partisan, voluntary, and non-competitive. 

Participants earn Bronze, Silver, and Gold Congressional Award Certificates and Bronze, Silver, and Gold Congressional Award Medals. Each level involves setting goals in four program areas: Voluntary Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness, and Expedition/Exploration. Earning The Congressional Award is a fun and interesting way to get more involved in something you already enjoy or something you’d like to try for the first time. You move at your own pace – on your own or with your friends. This is not an award for past accomplishments. Instead, you are honored for achieving your own challenging goals after registering for the program.

What is College Readiness?

According to the Educational Policy Improvement Center, college readiness means that a student can enter a college classroom, without remediation, and successfully complete entry-level college requirements. 


  • Every student can succeed when opportunities are given and followed up when necessary
  • Taking responsibilities will make the students mature and good citizens
  • Students should seek for the best fit colleges and challenge their potentials. 
  • A good college education gives the opportunities to be successful and productive citizens 

Major Components

Following components are the main components which are required by Congressional Award. Academics is added to ensure student’s success while getting ready for best fit colleges and earning scholarships.

  • Congressional Award
    • Service
    • Personal Development 
    • Physical Fitness
    • Expedition/Exploration
  • College Readiness
    • Academics & College Readiness
    • Character Education and Leadership

Structure of the Program

Program runs on small groups. These groups will be formed based on the number of the available teachers and staff who are willing to mentor. Each group has 5 to 7 students and one mentor. Big groups may have multiple mentors. 

Teams will be formed within the same grade level with the students who have similar GPA’s. Program was NOT designed to honor certain students with higher GPA’s. Everyone is invited to the program. Students with lower GPA’s will be monitored and guided to improve GPAs gradually/within a time frame. This will be coordinated with student and parent.

Program has three levels; Bronze, Silver, and Gold. Bronze levels meet once a week for 1 hour. Silver groups meet two hours during the week. Gold groups have an intensive program running usually over the weekends for 3 hours and extended study times twice a year. Fun is an part of the program. First, teachers will decide which level they would like to mentor and teams will be formed accordingly. Next, students will be asked their availability and placed accordingly. 

This program is a commitment based program for the students. Applicants are expected to understand that the application to the program is optional, however the attendance is essential.


Syracuse Academy of Science Charter School is part of Science Academies of New York.

SAS Elementary School

4837 S. Salina St. Syracuse, NY 13205
Phone: 315-469-9404
Fax: 315-469-9408

SAS Middle School

200 West High Ter. Syracuse, NY 13219
Phone: 315-487-5986
Fax: 315-487-5824

SAS High School

1001 Park Ave. Syracuse, NY 13204
Phone: 315-428-8997
Fax: 315-428-9109


1409 W Genesee St. Syracuse, NY 13204
Phone: 315-671-5470
Fax: 315-671-5475


For transportation related questions, please call transportation department in the district you live.
SCSD Transportation: 315-435-4260