Trepidation about starting AP Biology and AP English Language in the fall loomed over a group of DTS students as they headed into summer programming. Instead of letting their worry fester and grow, they asked DTS staff to provide them with summer “boost” classes in both courses to prepare them for the rigor ahead. DTS provides all incoming 9th graders with a summer math boost to help them start high school with academic confidence. The great feeling of beginning the school year one step ahead in math not only stuck with this group of students two years later but inspired their tenacity in requesting boosts for AP Biology and AP English. As a result, they are fully prepared to excel in their AP classes AND DTS now has two new program curricula that will be offered to interested students every summer.