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Our Students

Our Students

There are over 450 students in San Francisco that currently receive free college and career coaching through First Graduate. We make a 10-year commitment to each student, starting the summer after sixth grade through college graduation; our fifth cohort of students just became the first in their families to graduate from college!

Our students experience a rigorous five-week Summer Session; year-round academic instruction and tutoring; high school and college counseling; mentoring; internships; career exploration; and college application and financial aid application coaching.

Each student gets more than 150 hours of free personalized coaching annually. 

In her own words

Alena, a college student at UC Merced, speaks about her experience with First Graduate and what being the first college graduate in her family means to her.

 

 

Academics & Demographics

First Graduate high school seniors that graduate: 100%
First Graduate high school graduates enrolled in a two or four-year college: 100%
First Graduate students that are CSU eligible: 88%
First Graduate high school students with a 3.3 GPA or higher: 68%

Female 61%

Male 39%

 

85%

Come from immigrant families

91%

Qualify for free or reduced lunches

 

63%

Latino/a

21%

Asian/Pacific Islander

16%

Other

The Odds They Face

of Black and Latino Students graduate high school.

of first generation students will graduate college without help.

SFUSD students come from a household without a college degree.

Their 10-Year Path To Becoming A College Graduate

Middle School

Students improve their math and language arts skills, apply to academically rigorous high schools, and begin to think about what it means to be college-bound.

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High School

Students complete college preparatory coursework, and receive coaching to help them and their families through the college applications and financing process.

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College & Career

Students get help accessing resources, maintaining a high level of academic performance, and exploring potential career pathways through internships, jobs, and professional networks.

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Meet Our Newest Graduating College Cohort

What our students are saying:

  • Make First Graduate a school.
    7th Grader
  • With First Graduate I felt like I was 10 steps ahead of all my friends at school.
    DaisyCollege Student
  • First Graduate is going to help me do better in school.
    7th Grader
  • This program has helped me realize that I am capable of going to college, and the college tours helped me to start thinking about where I want to go.
    10th Grader
  • My grades were suffering, so I came to First Graduate in search of a way to improving my academics.
    9th Grader
  • The one thing that I really loved about the program were the academic classes.
    9th Grader