Declare a Dream
We know today’s students have big dreams, and they deserve every opportunity to reach them.
The sooner we start supporting our students, the better prepared they will be for the demands of high school and college.
Our student’s 10-year journey begins in our College Track centers after-school, where students participate in three core program areas: Academic Affairs, Student Life, and College Completion.
Because no two students are the same, we don’t treat them as such. We offer an individualized approach that taps into each student’s skills and passions. Our staff hold high expectations for all students, with the belief that everyone is capable and worthy of the opportunities that come with a high quality education.
- ACT/SAT prep and practice tests so students reach their best score
- One-on-one tutoring in specific subject areas to ensure GPA growth and college eligibility
- 3-5 week intensive “Math Blast” summer program
- Study groups who work together with a tutor to simulate a college-level classroom
- Academic Coaches to develop academic habits, mindsets, and study skills
- Service work and reflection to engage in community service and build leadership skills
- Meaningful summer experiences in academic or non-academic areas
- Student Showcase and passion project workshops
- Social-emotional advising and wellness programming
- Goals to increase persistence and strengthen self-advocacy
- Early engagement to research, plan and reflect on how to prepare for college
- Advisory sessions for building college lists and filling out applicaitons
- College affordability workshops and financial aid advising
- Personal statement institutes to develop compelling college admissions essays
- College exposure events, including fairs and free/low-cost tours
Social-emotional wellness is critical to student success in college and beyond. College Track’s Wellness program is designed to nurture our students’ social-emotional wellbeing by building the kinds of strengths and competencies that lead to college completion and a life of opportunity, choice, and power. We do so by fostering an environment at our centers that is optimized for learning and healing through trauma-informed practices and by providing evidence-based wellness education and counseling to students who need it.
Money for College
While tuition costs at both public and private universities continue to rise, financial aid options have not kept pace with this escalation, and the sticker shock of college can deter many students from even applying. College Track aims to ensure no student misses out on a four-year college education due to financial constraints.
From the moment students enroll in our program, they become eligible for need- and merit-based scholarship dollars that can fill the gap in financial aid packages and support key financial literacy skills.
A Focus on Our Dreamers
As we place our students’ needs front and center, we have increased services to support this important population of students and their families at this critical time for the immigrant community. Our goals for Dreamers and DACA recipients include:
- Feeling part of a strong and supportive community
- Receiving key resources to manage their immigration status
- Securing legal counsel in the event of an emergency
- Graduating with a four-year college degree
- Accessing upward social mobility for themselves and their families
A Day In The Life
High school programming is offered up to six days a week, with additional opportunities for weekend and summer activities. At the beginning of each semester, we work with each student to create a schedule of workshops and tutoring sessions that fit with their individual needs and obligations.
- College Advisory, 4:00-5:00 PM
- Unity Circle and Snack, 5:00-5:15 PM
- 1:1 Tutoring, 5:15-6:00 PM
- ACT Prep, 6:15-7:00
Launch to College
And onto the next half of their 10-year journey.
At each of our twelve centers, we host an annual Launch to College event to celebrate our students’ enormous accomplishments throughout high school and the next step they’re taking on the path to earning a four-year degree.
Friends, family, and community partners gather to celebrate this milestone…and the ones to come.