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Precollege Excellence in Education Program (PEEP)

Important Message: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Precollege Excellence in Education Program (PEEP), formerly known as the College Access Program (CAP), will be offered virtually during the summer of 2021. If you have questions about the PEEP, please contact Ida Balderrama-Trudell, Director of Student Engagement at with the subject line “Precollege Excellence in Education Program” or “PEEP” and we will respond to your message as soon as possible.


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Starting Summer 2021, the program formerly known as the College Access Program (CAP) will transition to the
Precollege Excellence in Education Program (PEEP). Like its predecessor, PEEP is a summer enrichment residential experience and now includes a year-round academic support component designed and coordinated by the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (OEDI) in the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

The purpose of the PEEP is to provide exposure to a comprehensive academic experience that nurtures the growth, potential, and college readiness of high school students to become world-class leaders and innovators in the areas of arts, health, and education. The School of Education at UW includes 10 departments in these areas: Art, Counseling Psychology, Curriculum and Instruction, Dance, Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, Educational Policy Studies, Educational Psychology, Kinesiology, Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education, and Theatre & Drama. The School of Education is consistently ranked in the top ten schools and colleges of education in national studies and reports. The School of Education offers opportunities that prepare students for teaching, the health professions, and careers in the arts. In addition to several core education programs, about half of the School of Education’s current students are enrolled in fine art, dance, counseling, occupational therapy and exercise science programs, to name a few majors.

Participant requirements

Participants of the PEEP must commit to attend the entire summer session (July 6 – July 23, 2021), as well as participate in PEEP-related academic year programming that occurs between September – May, which entails monthly workshops and at least one campus visit. High school students must be rising 10th, 11th or 12th graders, have at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 grading scale, possess an interest in majoring/working within a field related to one of the education programs offered by the School of Education, and identify as a member of one or more of the following communities:

  • First-generation college student (first in family to complete a four-year college degree)
  • Low-income (recipient of free/reduced lunch)
  • Racially minoritized (African American/Black, Latina/o, Southeast Asian, and/or American Indian)

Application process

Interested students must complete the new PEEP online application that includes their most recent high school transcript (unofficial or official accepted). All application materials are due by June 28, 2021 at 11:59pm.


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Cost of participation

The PEEP has a participation fee of $500 and a processing fee of $50, which brings the total to $550. The participation fee covers program costs (course instruction, advising, virtual field trips, workshops, and supplies). Only students who are admitted and plan to attend the PEEP are responsible for paying the participation fees. Wisconsin resident students who qualify for free or reduced lunch can apply for a scholarship through the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to cover the $500 program fee. Please note: The DPI scholarship does not cover the $50 processing fee. The DPI scholarship request form is available here and in the PEEP online application.

During the PEEP, students will:

  • For the summer of 2021, the PEEP students will engage with UW-Madison instructors, faculty members and other guests, virtually.
  • Participate in fun and interactive courses geared toward preparing students for college-level math, science, writing, and ACT prep.
  • Create, plan and present a research project in their chosen area: Health, Art, or Education.
  • Learn about a variety of undergraduate degree programs and career paths offered by the School of Education.
  • Learn about the college application process and how to fund your college experience with advice and guidance from the School of Education’s staff and staff from UW-Madison’s Office of Financial Aid.
  • Meet and develop friendships with peer PEEP scholars and socialize with students from other pre-college programs.
  • Meet current undergraduate students and learn about what it is like to be a School of Education student.
  • Participate in a variety of field trips, which may include bowling, ropes courses, trampoline park, escape rooms, etc.
  • Receive academic coaching and seminars during the academic year.

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Summer Curriculum

Math course

The goal of the Math Course is to provide PEEP students with essential skills necessary to be successful in their high school and undergraduate math courses (Algebra, Geometry, Calculus), and familiarize students with strategies to succeed on standardized college entrance exams (ACT, SAT, and Math Placement Exam). Math sessions enable students to explore problem-solving strategies used in college-level mathematics. Students learn critical thinking and effective test taking skills as well as strategies to be a successful first-year college student.

Writing Course

Writing sessions enable students to focus on developing college-level writing skills. Students will learn strategies for conducting, analyzing, and presenting research — skills which are essential to writing effective academic papers and research. Students will use these strategies throughout the program to produce formal and informal essays.

Science Course 

The Science course will provide PEEP students with essential skills necessary to be successful in their high school and undergraduate science courses (Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, etc.), and familiarize students with strategies to succeed on standardized college entrance exams (ACT, SAT, and Science Placement Exam).

Diverse Issues in Education

Sessions enable students to develop a self-awareness of skills and interests in the areas of art, education and health sciences. Students will learn about education-related career opportunities and the academic skills necessary to be successful in those careers.

Creative Workshop

The Creative Workshop will  engage PEEP students in creative projects and activities. The instructor is expected to enrich and support PEEP participants with the exploration of their creative side by providing opportunities for them to express themselves in many ways that can include but is not limited to poetry, painting, creative thinking activities, movement, vision boards, etc.

Diversity Dialogue Series 

The diversity dialogue series will offer an open forum for discussions on diversity issues broadly construed and those specific to the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. Discussions will focus on students’ experiences/reactions related to diversity, challenges associated with diversity, and opportunities for future involvement in diversity. Samantha Becker, EDI Director of Teaching and Learning Innovation in the OEDI, and a graduate student will facilitate these series.

Academic Year Activities

The PEEP participants will engage in diverse activities during the academic year including participating in academic coaching and seminars related to art, education, health, and ACT prep. Students participating in the PEEP will have multiple opportunities to attend focused seminars and workshops in various education fields during the academic year. They will attend career fairs to be socialized to the various career options available to them, have one-on-one meetings with advisors, attend advising sessions with program staff, get help with reviewing and editing applications, and attend academic support centers to get help with standardized tests.

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For more information or questions, please contact Ida Balderrama-Trudell, Director of Student Engagement, at with the subject line “Precollege Excellence in Education Program” or “PEEP” and we will respond to your message as soon as possible.