A group of 19 students from Junior High School 43 in Harlem will visit Harvard from Oct. 27, to Oct. 29, as a part of a program to interest "disadvantaged" pupils in a college education. Two days of classes and the Harvard-Penn football game will highlight the schedule plunned for the children.
Twelve boys and seven girls, with a boys' and a girls' counselor and a coordinator, will arrive in Cambridge from New York at 4 p.m., Oct. 29. They will meet will admissions officials Thursday night for a discussion of the methods and problems of college entrance.
On Friday morning the students will audit classes, and in the afternoon they will tour M.I.T. and meet with admissions men there. In another meeting Friday night, College officials interested in talent-hunting operations will question the children to determine their reactions to the visit and their thoughts about the college.
After sitting in on more classes Saturday morning, the students will attend the Harvard-Penn contest, and then depart for New York.
In Operation Since 1956
J.H.S. 43, under the supervision of the College Entrance Examination Board, the National Scholarship Service and Fund for Negro Students, and the New York City Board of Education, has been in operation since 1956. It seeks to "discover, identify, and stimulate academically able students from less privileged groups," according to Daniel Schreiber, coordinator of New York's Higher Horizons Program.
The Harlem school has attempted to get around culturally loaded I.Q. tests to establish its level of instruction. It initiates early family-school contacts--important in maintaining educational interest in the lower economic levels--and special curriculum and guidance counseling.
The Board of Education hopes to extend the concept and principles of J.H.S. 43 to some 44 additional schools in New York this year, under the Higher Horizons Program.