Saturday Scholar

Developing Children for the Future
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Our Mission

I have come to understand the importance of providing all students with opportunity to do their best work and to achieve the goals that will provide them passage to colleges and universities.  The Saturday Scholar was founded in order for any student in grades, 8-12, to increase his/her knowledge and have the tools to perform well on the ACT, SAT, and PSAT.  These national tests are for most students the precursor to college admission.

The Saturday Scholar team is committed to its essential mission to use the most effective learning tools, and adopt the best teaching methods to teach its students.  Whether the faculty work one on one with students or deliver small group instruction, the goal is always to adapt our teaching to the learning needs of the students.  We recognize that every student is unique and approaches testing differently.

As a group of dedicated educators, we commit to making a valuable difference in the educational lives of our students.

Ernestine L. Sanders

Founder & CEO

Committed to making a difference

our Mission

meet State Requirements

Improving reading, writing, and grammar for young students and perfecting study and preparation techniques for college planning high schoolers.

Close Achievement Gap

Giving students who are socioeconomically disadvantaged the resources and support to succeed.

Meet Potential

Our proven formula for success will have students meeting State guidelines, improving their G.P.A. and test scores, and building confidence they will carry for a lifetime.

How we support students and parents

Our programs


Setting the foundation for strong test scores used for college admissions decisions and awarding merit-based scholarships

Michigan Assessments Prep

Preparation for state standardized tests including M-STEP and PSAT.

Early Learners

Reading and writing assistance for at risk 3rd graders not on track to meet State educational requirements.
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Parent Workshops

Classes for parents and guardians on all things college such as admissions, financial aid, scholarships, and more.

Distance learning

Partial online learning offered for our programs to ensure the safety of our students and staff amid COVID-19.

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Reaching their true potential

Detroit area families are at a greater socioeconomic disadvantage than most. Since the onset of COVID-19, Detroit has been one of the hardest hit cities in Michigan. School closures left almost all Detroit students unable to finish schooling due to lack of funds for electronics and internet access. Now more than ever, students in the Detroit area need programs like The Saturday Scholar to help them get back on track. Our program is designed to build student success and exceed state requirements. Please consider donating to our educational nonprofit to ensure we can keep helping students in need.

Guiding the leaders of tomorrow

Our Team Members

Founder & CEO

Program Director

The Saturday Scholar is now accepting applications for the 2020 - 2021 academic year

Contact us to learn more about our programs or if you would like to submit an application. On-site classes are held Saturdays at University of Detroit Mercy College of Business. All materials are provided.  Financial aid is available.

Call: (313) 885-3918


Satisfied former students


My high school years were very challenging.  I am so lucky that Ernestine L. Sanders and Rosalie Wattrick were in my life to push me to excellence as I focused on my preparation for College and my Career Pathway.
Antonia Justice
Great opportunity! Ms. Sanders and Ms. Wattrick helped me so much throughout my high school career to make sure I was prepared for the ACT! Take advantage!​
Miles Brockman
Business Student
Having a daughter that is so talented in so many ways makes me even more thankful that she went to a school that had such strong leadership and helped her apply herself and be the Scholar she is today.
Lakena Hutch
My counselor, Ms. Wattrick, worked very hard to elevate my entrance potential for college and I am very fortunate to have been so inspired by her professional guidance.
Jonathan Frisson
I am very grateful that I received the highest level of education in a school system led by Ernestine L. Sanders who set the standards that made me the successful scholar that I am today.
Zakia Brewer
GVSU College Graduate

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