This month we begin a new school year, and we are thrilled to support talented Chicago students! Even though our fall program looks different, the high-quality content, consistency and commitment to student success remains the same. This year we will provide students with additional resources and guidance on how to succeed in remote learning.
This is what you can expect this fall:
- Coaches receive three weeks of training. AmeriCorps members serve the Chicago community and support high school students attending six local high schools and college students attending over 50 colleges and universities. They received three weeks of virtual training in August plus ongoing support to help them meet the college readiness and persistence needs of students. Training topics throughout the year include the higher education landscape, student outreach techniques and tools for professional growth.
- Our virtual program features individual and group sessions. We will continue to serve students throughout the fall semester using the virtual model adapted in March. Although we look forward to returning to in-person service, our remote program allows us to safely assist students. Each student receives support through one-on-one conversations, group sessions and informational newsletters.
- Curriculum subjects depend on grade level and individual needs. In the fall, students participate in college discussions, goal setting and tracking their progress. Conversations depend on individual enrollment status.
- Juniors learn about the college landscape, research colleges, receive test preparation, become familiar with The Princeton Review and take an SAT practice test.
- Seniors discuss college best fit factors, update their Top 5 college lists, secure recommendations, work on college applications and apply for financial aid.
- College students discuss their academic progress, how to manage virtual coursework, utilizing institutional resources, the financial aid renewal process and registering for courses.
- Partnerships provide greater college access. Four-year institutions partnered with College Possible are committed to the academic success of students from low-income backgrounds. Partner institutions help students find financial aid packages to make admission affordable, and aim to increase diversity and inclusion in post-secondary education.
- Students can still apply and join. Students entering their junior year of high school with a grade-point average of 2.5 or higher and show a financial need can apply to the program. The process includes submitting an application, parent or guardian permission form, school transcript and attending an interview. Fall conversations cover college exploration and identifying student collegiate goals. Students must also attend one of our six CPS partner high schools.
For more information about students, partners and programming, visit CollegePossible.org/Chicago.