Throughout their 10+ years with First Graduate, each student and their family has a coach assigned to address individual student needs. The coaching we provide includes family home visits, monthly student meetings, parent and student conferences, and interface with teachers, administrators, counselors, and programmatic partners to stay on top of students’ academic performance. Students are evaluated every semester by our staff according to a rubric that includes attendance and school performance, measured by progress reports and final report cards.
To gauge our success, we’ve established the following benchmarks toward our students’ goal of college completion:
In 2016, all 26 of our high school seniors graduated. They attended the following high schools:
The Bay School
City Arts & Tech
City Arts & Tech
They received a combined 205 college acceptances, and half were awarded scholarships.
% of Students Who Enroll in BA Degrees
% of First Generation Students Who Graduate in 6 Years
New Students Accepted in 2016
High School Graduates in 2016
College Graduates in 2016
Our 10-Year Growth Plan
We believe that in order to create lasting change in the educational success of students attending San Francisco public schools we need to focus on those students with the greatest need – those who come from households without a college-going tradition who attend schools that are unable to provide them the assistance and resources they need to succeed in high school, graduate from college, and excel in their careers. In order to serve more of these students, we are embedded at James Denman Middle School and Everett Middle School, two of the six lowest performing SFUSD middle schools – all located in the southeastern corridor of San Francisco. With enough funding, we hope to add an additional school next year, and two more after that. Under our new model we will enroll 20–50% of all the seventh graders in each partner school.
We estimate that there are 2,000 sixth graders in the San Francisco Unified School District each year that could become first generation college graduates. By closing the achievement gap in a way that aligns with District-stated goals–such as creating a college going culture in middle school–we are SFUSD’s ideal partners. First Graduate is the only college access program that starts in middle school. And, in District high schools, we will provide college counseling to 6% of its first generation students.
By changing the expectations for low-income students and their families and making a college education attainable, we change the dynamics of families, neighborhoods, and communities. Together, we can make social justice a reality by ensuring that every student in San Francisco has access to high quality learning experiences so that they can succeed in college and beyond.
We have become a partner of the Mission Beacon Center at Everett Middle School, James Denman Middle School, and with Leadership High School.