The Clemente Course is an interdisciplinary humanities course for underserved high school students. Taught primarily by college professors, the course is intellectually rigorous, focusing on significant multicultural works using primary documents, group discussion, writing, and group projects as the basis for learning, and is consistent with Utah’s Common Core curriculum. The goal of Clemente is to encourage students to apply for and succeed in college.
The course was inspired by Earl Shorris’s work with low-income adults in New York City in the first Clemente Course, for adults, which began in 1995 with the intention of bringing the richness and beauty of the humanities to those who haven’t experienced them.
Developed through partnerships with local school districts and Utah colleges, Utah’s Clemente Course has been underway at East High School in Salt Lake City since 2013 and will expand to West High School in the fall of 2017.