College transition for students at risk


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College transition for students at risk

  1. 1. College Transition for Students at Risk Challenges and Opportunities for At-Risk & Special NeedsCollege Bound High School Seniors
  2. 2. IntroductionsO Jeff Brain, MA, CTS, CEP Dean of Admissions The Bridge Program at The Family FoundationSchoolO Mike Kowalchick, MA Assistant Head of School for Internal Affairs The Forman SchoolO Jeff Dvorak, M.Ed. Educational Consultant & College Counselor Educo Consulting
  3. 3. ChallengesO Readiness for CollegeO Managing independence, responsibilities (academically, emotionally, behaviorally)O Drop-out/failure rates
  4. 4. DataO 30% - 35% of college and university students drop out after their first year.O private and four-year public schools that used to expend more energy recruiting students than retaining them are struggling to prevent students from dropping out or "dropping down“O The United States does a good job enrolling teenagers in college, but only half of students who enroll end up with a bachelor’s degreeO 56 percent of college students complete four- year degrees within six years. Only 29 percent of those who start two-year degrees finish them within three years
  5. 5. Solutions – Preparing Students O Exposure to college level work and academic expectations O Exposure to freedoms/independence O Opportunities for decision making O Experience with managing failure, loneliness, and finding supportive peer group
  6. 6. Solutions – Preparing ParentsO Balancing support with room to experience realitiesO Manage expectationsO Learning to trust
  7. 7. Program Example: Bridge at FFSO Preparation as part O Phases of process O Residential O Commuter O Independent
  8. 8. PreparingO Be honest. Student performance, class content, course offerings, grades, activities.O Start the college/career process early. Do college tours, career days, parent workshops.O Create a process for evaluating college readinessO Provide extra support and get outside help when necessary
  9. 9. Applying• GPA and course rigor. The number one indicator of potential college success is good grades• Standardized test: ACT vs. SAT. I like ACT• Activities. All students need to show interests other then school. These should be sustained and focused• Leadership. Start a club, captain the soccer team, be a manager at work, compete in a science fair• Good essays that tell something unique about you. Be honest about your LD or past struggles
  10. 10. Wrap UpO Share experiencesO Be realistic about the challengesO Be pro-active in talking about and addressing those challengesO Consider what your school is doing to prepare students for success
  11. 11. ReferencesO 2 3 4