Frequently Asked Questions
Q Who can apply for First Graduate?
San Francisco public middle school students whose parents have not earned a bachelor’s degree.
Q How are your donations spent?
First Graduate is firmly committed to transparency, openness, and public accountability, especially when it comes to how donated funds are used. We provide a breakdown of where funds are spent on our donations page under the heading “Your Donations at Work.” There you will also find links to a number of financial documents including our IRS 990 forms and recent audited financial statements. We update those documents regularly, but please let us know if something is missing.
Q Can students apply to your summer program only, without participating in your full 10-year program?
Thanks to our donors, First Graduate is able to make a 10 year commitment to students and their families and begins working with each student as a rising 7th grader in our summer program. The summer program is mandatory for all First Graduate students in grades 7 through 9.
Only students participating in our year-round programming can attend the summer program.
Q Where do you recruit?
We recruit our students from the least well-performing San Francisco public middle schools: Everett Middle School and James Denman Middle School. With the newest cohort selected in May 2015, our complement of students this fall is 430. With contributions from our generous donors, our vision is to help 2000 students within five to seven years.
Q Can I donate stock (appreciated securities) to First Graduate?
Yes, you can absolutely donate stock. For information on how to donate stock (and the many ways you can donate to First Graduate) please see our Additional Giving Options page.
Q What’s your tax ID? Do you have a Bridge number?
First Graduate’s Tax ID number is 94-3381171, and our Bridge number is 0590439899.
Q Are there minimum GPA requirements to be considered for First Graduate?
No, there are no strict GPA requirements to be considered for First Graduate. Grades are one factor we consider when selecting new students, and we also place a high value on students who can articulate why they want to go to college and what it would mean to be the first in their families to do so.