High School Students | College Prep
We coach our high school students to ensure their completion of college preparatory coursework to achieve CSU and UC eligibility. We also provide standardized test preparation, college application preparation, financial aid workshops, and access to summer enrichment opportunities and internships.
In high school, students develop tangible career readiness skills, which helps them obtain and succeed in their first summer internships and beyond. Additionally, students gain access to a network of professionals in careers that interest them through large-scale career events.
Specific program activities include:
First Career Workshops
Workshops designed to develop career readiness skills, such as resume writing, job interview techniques, professional communication, career assessments, personal branding, and networking.
Oh, the Places You’ll Go – Career Panels
A panel of diverse professionals, from university professors to nutritionists to engineers, share their career stories with students and provide concrete details about their career pathway.
College & Financial Aid Counseling
College counseling begins during our students’ freshmen year to ensure that each student attends a college or university that is their best “fit” and “match.” We provide students with one-on-one advising and small group support as they research college options and navigate the college application and financial aid process. During their sophomore year, students research and present on a college that interests them. As juniors, our students work with their advisor to build robust college lists based on their interests and college profile.
High school students take a week-long tour of UC, CSU, and private college campuses in the Bay Area and southern California as they prepare to apply for college. We host college presentations and college application workshops that expose our students to the wide array of college options outside of California. Students are encouraged to attend local college fairs such as the annual NACAC and Colleges that Change Lives fairs.
We also partner with college admissions offices to provide students opportunities to visit private colleges outside of California via each college’s “Fly-In Program.” Students participate in monthly advisories which are facilitated by our staff and include college presentations, research, college application and financial aid workshops.
Parents are our partners during this process and attend workshops and presentations at least once each semester. Our staff conducts family meetings throughout the college application and financial aid process.
Academic Coaching & Advising
Our high school advisors coach students to help them become competitive college candidates. We do this by teaching them to access the academic resources available at their high school campus, empowering students to communicate with teachers, and teaching them about the important role that GPA and academic performance have in college admissions.
Advisors monitor students’ grades and design academic plans to help them obtain at least a 3.0 GPA*. In the 2016-2017 school year, 70% of our high school students maintained a GPA at or above a 3.0 and 45% of students had a 3.5 GPA or above.
Students work closely with their advisors to select courses that align with their intended college major. Advisors also encourage students to take Honors and AP courses and help them to design a challenging, yet manageable academic course load.