College Prep Guidance for High School Students

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As a means of further ensuring success, a private foundation has partnered with pujblic schools to offer college prep guidance for high school students.

Navigating financial aid forms, applying to colleges, knowing what university is the best fit and finding scholarships requires a guiding hand.

Counselors who focus on poor, first-generation students are being added in Spokane Public Schools’ district to help.

Through state-dedicated funds and fundraising, the College Success Foundation – a Washington program founded in 2000 to offer scholarships and mentoring to underserved students – is integrating college-prep advisers into the district’s high schools and middle schools.

“We need all hands on deck,” said Melissa Pettey …Having no money and no role models can make the path from high school to college overwhelming.

Navigating financial aid forms, applying to colleges, knowing what university is the best fit and finding scholarships requires a guiding hand.

Counselors who focus on poor, first-generation students are being added in Spokane Public Schools’ district to help.

Through state-dedicated funds and fundraising, the College Success Foundation – a Washington program founded in 2000 to offer scholarships and mentoring to underserved students – is integrating college-prep advisers into the district’s high schools and middle schools.

College Prep Guidance for High School Students

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“We need all hands on deck,” said Melissa Pettey, Spokane Public Schools coordinator of college and career readiness. “It can’t just be the school counselor. It can’t just be a teacher. It has to be the community too.”

Yakima and Spokane are the only districts in Eastern Washington offering the program. The foundation has been in Seattle and Tacoma schools for more than a decade. So far, there have been some promising results. Of those selected as College Success Foundation achiever scholars in 2009-10, 99 percent graduated from high school, 85 percent went straight to college and a majority tested into college-level classes.

“We began talking with Spokane Public Schools about three years ago. Spokane was one of the school districts that shared our strategic vision for their students,” said Sue Byers, the foundation’s chief academic officer. “The goal is to work in partnership with a district to be able to impact change for low-income youth in college enrollment and college completion.”

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