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Low-income students who gets A's on standardized tests go to college at the same rate as their higher income peers who get D's. The transition system is flawed. College Summit prepares schools so that all students who can make it in college make it to college. Through innovative school partnerships, College Summit provides educators and students with the right tools, resources and experiences to better navigate the difficult transition from Grade 12 to Grade 13.
To increase the college enrollment rate of low-income students. We partner with schools to create affordable and scaleable solutions to the broken college transition system.
College Summit works with educators to embed a postsecondary planning structure and resources into each school. This includes a regular, for-credit College Summit class with detailed curriculum, teacher training and online tools to help manage college applications online.
College Summit meticulously tracks progress and delivers data to educators. By sharing ongoing measurement and analysis, College Summit empowers educators to innovate and make corrections mid-stream to maximize college-going in their schools.
Central to the program is peer leadership--College Summit trains influential students to help build a college going culture in their high schools. 20% of the rising senior class attends a four-day workshop on a nearby college campus where they become veterans of the college application process and learn crucial self-advocacy skills. Armed with real experience, these students then return to their schools and spread their enthusiasm to their peers.
Last but not least, College Summit's network of partner colleges provides a variety of colleges and universities with improved resources that allow them to get to know a broad pool of diverse high school seniors who can succeed at their school.
College Summit began the working with entire senior classes in 2003-2004. In the first group of high schools, from Year 1 to Year 2, we have seen a statistically significant increase in college enrollment rates school-wide.
Peer Leaders participating in College Summit Workshops continue to achieve successful enrollment rates. Historically, 79% have enrolled in college each year, significantly higher than the national average of 46% among low income students.
These students don’t just make it to college, they stay in college. Each group either meets or exceeds national averages for college retention.
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Online college tools
Your gift will give a students one year of access to an online system as they apply to college. With secure accounts, students can upload their applications, personal statements, resumes, and other necessary documents for their college applications. On top of that, their teachers can track the student’s progress and upload their letters of recommendation. This tool also provides links to resources on financial aid,...
One teacher's guide
Your gift will ensure that teachers are provided the best tools to help their classes succeed. The College Summit Advisor’s Edition of the Navigator is a step-by-step guide for teachers through the college application process. In addition to deadlines, guidelines, and financial aid information, it provides concrete lesson plan ideas and links to online college access resources.
One day collaboration
Send trained College Summit staff to work in a school for one day with Counselors and teachers to build the college-going culture, share practices from other schools, review results, and strategize. With the help of innovative partners, College Summit shares valuable tools with all partner high schools including a scorecard that helps measure incremental and long term metrics of success. Building strong partnerships means that...
Train Peer Leaders
4-day college workshop
Your gift will equip students to become Peer Leaders at College Summit Workshops. Through a four-day “boot camp" for college transition, these rising high school seniors learn crucial self-advocacy skills, in addition to completing their college applications, personal statement, and learning about financial aid. These students return to their schools in the fall and inspire and motivate their peers to navigate the college transition process.
Train A Teacher
3 days of training
Your gift will help train and motivate teachers at "Educators Institutes" to guide their students through the college application process. Each teacher attends the 2.5 day training and guides students through the College Summit curriculum throughout the school year. College Summit Teachers play a crucial role in the process, as they help students manage their individual paths to college, while also serving as an example...