The Bright Stars: College Access Program was established in 2010 to help talented students of limited resources, from 7th through 12th grade, and their environment (families, schools and educational communities), develop early college awareness and readiness in order to build a competitive profile for a selective college admission process.

Bright Stars is designed to strengthen personal and academic skills, improve standardized test scores, explore career options, identify the college that is right for each student, complete the college application process, obtain the financial aid needed to attend the school of their choice, and be prepared for college-level work.

Our Services

7th grade

• Group orientations with students and their families aimed at developing:

○ Self-concept
○ Self esteem
○ Decision making
○ Study habits
○ Time management
○ Differences between post- secondary educational institutions
○ Importance of academic performance
○ Financial system, etc.

• Individual orientations to identify strengths and start exploring careers.
• Courses for Microsoft Office Specialist certification.
• English courses through the Rosetta Stone platform.
• Math skills strengthening through the Khan Academy platform.
• Assistance and follow-up by telephone and / or e-mails.

8th grade

• Group orientations with students and their families aimed at developing:

○ Self-concept
○ Self esteem
○ Decision making
○ Study habits
○ Time management
○ Differences between post- secondary educational institutions
○ Importance of academic performance
○ Financial system, etc.

• Individual orientations to identify strengths and start exploring careers.

• Courses for Microsoft Office Specialist certification.
• English courses through the Rosetta Stone platform.
• Math skills strengthening through the Khan Academy platform.
• Assistance and follow-up by telephone and / or e-mails.

9th grade

• Group orientations with students and their families aimed at developing:

○ My potential
○ Study habits
○ Time management
○ Learning styles
○ The professional world
○ Resources in high school to facilitate the road to college
○ Decision making
○ Types of income
○ Savings culture, etc

• Individual orientation for exploration and identification of career options.
• Courses for Microsoft Office Specialist certification.
• English courses through the Rosetta Stone platform.
• Math skills strengthening through the Khan Academy platform.
• Assistance and follow-up by telephone and / or e-mails.

10th grade

• Orientations and group workshops with students and their families aimed at knowledge and development of:

○ Differences between academic programs (majors vs. careers)
○ Exploration of the universities that adapt to the student’s aspirations
○ Cost of university concepts, types of aid and debt

• Participation in the Career Forum activity with professionals of different careers
• Occupational interests test administration and individual appointments to interpret results, give out recommendations and establish a work plan.
• Access to search for pre-college summer program alternatives.
• Invitation to university orientation activities.
• Courses for Microsoft Office Specialist certification.
• English courses through the Rosetta Stone platform.
• Math skills strengthening through the Khan Academy platform.
• Assistance and follow-up by telephone and / or e-mails.

11th grade

• Group orientations with students and their families aimed at developing:

• Transition to college life I
• Importance of Standardized tests
• Applying to universities in the USA
• My college finances

• Participation in the Career Forum activity with professionals of different careers
• Summer internship and program exploration
• Individual orientation with College Counselors to work with:

○ SAT and ACT recommendations
○ College selection process and pairing with student profile
○ College application process
○ Common App account
○ IGS calculations
○ Admission strategies

• SAT prep courses
• “Subject Test” prep courses
• Courses for Microsoft Office Specialist certification.
• English courses through the Rosetta Stone platform.
• Math skills strengthening through the Khan Academy platform.
• Assistance and follow-up by telephone and / or e-mails.

12th grade

•Group orientations with students and their families aimed at developing:

○ Transition to college life
○ Scholarships
○ How to deal with expenses
○ How to complete official documents like the Common App
○ Internships
○ My way to success

•Individual orientation with Financial Aid Advisor

○Customizing possible grants according to profile and needs
○Complete FAFSA

•Applying for FAFSA ID
• Orientation on verification process

○ Income verification required by each university including IDOC
○ Analysis of financial offer

• Individual orientation with College Counselors to work with:

○ SAT and ACT recommendations
○ College selection process and pairing with student profile
○ College application process
○ Common App account
○ IGS calculations
○ Admission strategies
○ Admission process

• Letters of recommendation
• essays
• Attached documents
• SAT’s
• Academic resume

• SAT prep courses
• “Subject Test” prep courses
• Courses for Microsoft Office Specialist certification.
• English courses through the Rosetta Stone platform.
• Math skills strengthening through the Khan Academy platform.
• Assistance and follow-up by telephone and / or e-mails.

Apply today and LEAD the future.

    • Be enrolled in the 7th, 8th, 9th or 10th grade (during the 2016-17 academic year) in a private or public intermediate or high school in Puerto Rico
    • Have a minimum Grade Point Average of 3.75 in a 4.0 scale
    • Complete the application through our website and upload the following documents:
    • Letter of recommendation from a school’s counselor Click here to download
    • Letter of recommendation from a teacher Click here to download
    • Parent’s income tax return from previous year, or income evidence.
    • 200-word essay in English describing academic goals
    • PIENSE test results (recommended but not a requirement to apply)

To access our Terms and conditions, Click here to download

 Frequently Asked Questions

When can I apply for the Bright Stars program?

The date to apply to the program may vary. For the 2016-17 academic term, the call will open on March 7 and close on May 31. Please contact our Bright Stars department at 787-772-8269 for more information.

What is the cost?

Bright Stars services are free of cost, but families pay an enrollment fee of $180 per student, which can be paid in two installments.

How does the Kinesis Foundation help middle and high school students?

Through the Bright Stars Program, the Kinesis Foundation provides services to strengthen the academic skills of students including preparatory courses, lectures and workshops, mentoring services and college counseling, among others.

Who offers the PSAT and SAT courses?

The courses are given by instructors and organizations specialized in this area. Details may vary each year.

Once I take the PSAT and / or SAT, how I can get the results?

The provider of the PSAT and the SAT tests nationwide (USA) is the College Board. The PSAT is offered once a year and the results are usually available by December. They are also sent to the school which the student indicates in the test. Also, during December of each year you can see the results on-line through the My College Quickstart portal. My College Quickstart del College Board.

The SAT test is offered up to 7 times a year and the results are usually available three weeks after the test dates through the College Board web page.

If I have trouble completing the application form to obtain admission to the program, can I send the documents requested via fax or turn them in personally?

No. The application process is completed exclusively online. If you are having problems filling out the application, please contact the Foundation through email.

Is there a special treatment to athlete students?

Currently, Kinesis does not have any personnel trained in the area of applications and procedures related to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). However, we can make referrals for students who are considering getting involved in this association. It is worth mentioning that this service is very expensive and relies on the responsibility of the student and his family.

Is the program available to students attending private schools?

The Bright Stars program is also open to students in private schools as long as they meet the eligibility criteria and demonstrate financial need. Financial need criteria may vary from year to year and our Admissions Committee evaluates each applicant individually considering additional factors such as grade point average, letters of recommendation, standardized test scores and extracurricular activity.

Can I apply to the program even if I plan to stay in Puerto Rico?

The Bright Stars College Access Program is focused on providing training and services for our students to be admitted and complete their studies in institutions outside of Puerto Rico. However, we recognize that during this process the academic and career goals change and many students decide to complete studies in Puerto Rico. The student may continue to participate in the program, but the processes and services may be modified to work with these new requirements.

Does the program assist students regarding summer internships/investigations?

Kinesis does not provide grants for programs and/or summer internships. However, there are several summer programs that offer financial aid to students who qualify.

Are there any implications if a student transfers from school once he/she is admitted to the program?

No. If the student is still active in the program, he/she can stay. The student must notify Kinesis Foundation and provide the latest information.

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