Saturday Academy

What is Saturday Academy?

Saturday Academy is designed to help students interested in health careers strengthen their math and science skills. Through this enrichment program, students will recognize and develop skills that enable them to excel in mathematics, science, reading and test taking.

This free educational program is open to motivated middle and high school students in the Kansas City metro area.

  This 2020-2021 school year Saturday Academy will be held virtually.

The curriculum includes the following subject areas:

  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Biology
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Medical Terminology
  • Test Taking Skills

Saturday Academy is offered concurrently with the school year. The sessions run each Saturday from 10 am to 12:30 pm. The program will run from mid-October to early May. The application will be available by the end of August and all application materials will be due by early October. The link to the online application will be found on this webpage in the coming weeks.

Health Career Exploration

Saturday Academy provides an outlet for students to interact with health care professionals from various specialties. Professionals from medicine, nursing, dentistry, pharmacy, allied health and mental health provide networking opportunities for students to gain resources that will assist them in preparing for a career in health care.


Saturday Academy participants are provided free tutoring sessions in math and science every Saturday. This tutoring is provided by UMKC medical students.

Mentorship Opportunities

Relationships with mentors are designed to build a support system in the field of health care and are an avenue for middle and high school students to gain a network of UMKC medical and nursing students. This affiliation will supply students with the tools necessary to accomplish their goals.

Parent Support Group

Saturday Academy also offers a parent support group that will meet periodically throughout the year to discuss the progress of their students, their concerns and strategies for motivating their students for success. There is also a college coach who will assist parents on topics such as college readiness, academic resume building and how to apply for scholarships.

History of Saturday Academy

Saturday Academy was a core program of the Greater Kansas City Health Professions Pipeway Initiative (GKC-HPPI), which originated as an outgrowth of the Association of American Medical College’s “Project 3000 by 2000” initiative to address a continuing under representation of minority students in medical schools.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation funded this initiative from 1998 to 2003 with matching funds coming from a local foundation. When the funding expired in 2003, the UMKC School of Medicine committed to providing the resources to continue the Saturday Academy program.

Saturday Academy is geared toward students belonging to groups traditionally underrepresented in scientific careers including African-Americans, Native Americans and Latino students. However, the program is open to any student who is motivated and interested in attending.

Eligibility and Application Process

Students interested in Saturday Academy must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be a student in grades 6 – 12
  • Must be motivated with an interest in math, science or health care careers
  • Must be able to provide own transportation to and from the UMKC School of Medicine

More information regarding the program, as well as any required applications or documents, will be posted by the end of October.

Before You Apply:

To learn more and determine whether the Saturday Academy program is the right fit, read this important information:

Saturday Academy Program Common Questions

Application Requirements:


Application will be available on September 1, 2020

• • • Deadline is September 20, 2020,  5:00 PM • • •

In order to apply, students must complete the following steps:

STEP 1: Complete the Saturday Academy application form.

STEP 2: Submit a signed Parent/Guardian Consent and Commitment Statement

Please click here to download the Parent/Guardian Consent and Commitment Statements PDFs, complete, sign and return. Statements can be scanned and emailed to 

STEP 3: Submit one recommendation from a teacher, counselor, administrator, community member, advisor, mentor, etc.

Please click here to download the Saturday Academy Recommendation Form.

A portion of the form should be completed by the student and then submitted to the person providing the reference. Once the reference is complete, the recommender should print and sign.

The signed reference form may be scanned and emailed to the program coordinator, Zumi Urueta, at Letters of recommendation will be accepted in place of the form.

STEP 4: Submit high school transcripts (grades 10 – 12) or most recent grade card (grades 6 – 9)

Transcripts and/or grade cards should be emailed to Zumi Urueta at

All interested students should apply; however, Saturday Academy does require an ongoing commitment on the part of students and parents, so please carefully consider your decision to apply. For questions about Saturday Academy, please contact Zumi Urueta in the UMKC School of Medicine Office of Admissions at or 816-235-1934.