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Exploring College Options for Students with Modest Academic Records
Exploring College Options for Students with Modest Academic Records
Exploring College Options for Students with Modest Academic Records
Exploring College Options for Students with Modest Academic Records
Exploring College Options for Students with Modest Academic Records
Exploring College Options for Students with Modest Academic Records
Exploring College Options for Students with Modest Academic Records
Exploring College Options for Students with Modest Academic Records
Exploring College Options for Students with Modest Academic Records
Exploring College Options for Students with Modest Academic Records
Exploring College Options for Students with Modest Academic Records
Exploring College Options for Students with Modest Academic Records
Exploring College Options for Students with Modest Academic Records
Exploring College Options for Students with Modest Academic Records
Exploring College Options for Students with Modest Academic Records
Exploring College Options for Students with Modest Academic Records
Exploring College Options for Students with Modest Academic Records
Exploring College Options for Students with Modest Academic Records
Exploring College Options for Students with Modest Academic Records
Exploring College Options for Students with Modest Academic Records
Exploring College Options for Students with Modest Academic Records
Exploring College Options for Students with Modest Academic Records
Exploring College Options for Students with Modest Academic Records
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Exploring College Options for Students with Modest Academic Records

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Numerous opportunities await students who achieve outstanding GPAs or standardized test scores, while students with more modest achievement records must try and gain admission to colleges with lower …

Numerous opportunities await students who achieve outstanding GPAs or standardized test scores, while students with more modest achievement records must try and gain admission to colleges with lower admission requirements. Unfortunately, as entrance requirements decrease, minority graduation rates typically shrink as well. This workshop will look critically at KIPP Philadelphia’s approach to successfully place students from all achievement levels into strong colleges where they will have a greater chance of earning degrees.

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  • 1. Exploring College Options for Students with Modest Academic Records
    NPEA 2011 Conference
    Developing 21st Century Leaders: Creating Paths to Success
    April 29, 2011
    1
  • 2. Aims
    2
    KIPP Through College Programs
    KIPP Philadelphia’s struggles
    Short-Term Correction Plan
    Long-Term Correction Plan
  • 3. A College-Going Culture
    3
    All classes referred to by the year they are going to college
    College is a constant reference
    Field lessons include college tours
  • 4. KIPP Through College programs
    4
    KIPP Philadelphia’s overall KTC goal:
    Implement robust programming for alumni in each phase of their high school and college education in order to maximize the number of alumni who go to and graduate from college
    Programming includes/will include:
    HS Placement College Placement
    HS Support College Support
    Social, Financial & Career Support
    Our current alumni are 8th grade promoters in grades 9-12
    We will also serve 11th-12th graders at the HS and beyond
    We serve enrolled students in various ways ,
  • 5. College Completion
    5
    Only 2 KIPP regions have groups of students who are 10+ years out from 8th grade
  • 6. KIPP Philadelphia Pipeline
    6
    Projected Caseload Growth
  • 7. Aims
    7
    KIPP Through College Programs
    KIPP Philadelphia’s struggles
    Short-Term Correction Plan
    Long-Term Correction Plan
  • 8. 2011: Knowledge Gap #1
    8
    I’m going to be a doctor.
    What career are you thinking of?
    I have a D and an F.
    That’s great! How are your math and science grades?
    Nothing.
    How about extra-curricular activities? What did you do last summer?
    Oh, and I hate blood. What kind of doctor doesn’t use blood?
  • 9. 2011: Knowledge Gap #1
    9
    A recent report from Harvard, “Pathways to Prosperity” explains:
    “For too many of our youth, we have treated preparing for college versus preparing for career as mutually exclusive options. . . [Students] need to know that there are navigable pathways leading to rewarding careers in the mainstream economy”
  • 10. 2011: Knowledge Gap #2
    10
    What colleges are you applying to?
    Harvard and Yale
    That’s great! How are your SAT scores?
    700!
    No.
    WOW! On BOTH Reading and Math? That is amazing!
    I got a 360 on Reading and a 340 on Math. 700 all together.
  • 11. 11
    2011: Knowledge Gap #2
    Schools they Visited
    2011’s SAT scores
  • 12. 2011: Knowledge Gap #3
    12
    Have you thought about how you will pay for college?
    Of course! I’m going to get scholarships.
    Sounds great! How many have you applied for?
    None.
    I have a 2.4.
    I don’t have any community service or other positions. My school doesn’t make me do that.
    Well let’s find some! How is your GPA? What is your community service record? Any leadership positions?
  • 13. 2011: Knowledge Gap #3
    13
  • 14. Aims
    14
    KIPP Through College Programs
    KIPP Philadelphia’s struggles
    Short-Term Correction Plan
    Long-Term Correction Plan
  • 15. What would you do? 
    15
    Tell the truth
    Perform the triage
    Start re-vamping programming 
  • 16. S-T Course Correction #1
    16
    • Working with 2011 Seniors:
    Finding Match colleges
    Focus on match/reach schools with good graduation rates
    Lots of individualized attention
    Time-consuming meetings, phone calls, etc.
    Always behind the curve
  • 17. S-T Course Correction #2
    17
    • Working with Juniors (2012):
    Pressure on Test Scores
    Incentivizing SAT prep
    One-on-One meetings EARLY
    Resources for College Visits
    Setting guidelines for funding
    Pressure on Community Service
    On-top of Scholarships 
  • 18. S-T Course Correction #3
    18
    • Working with Sophomores/Freshmen:
    Career exploration
    No great ideas yet, but we are at least asking
    Pressure on Community Service
    Creating opportunities at KIPP, vocalizing necessity
    Creating Leadership opportunities within KIPP
    Push Summer of Learning opportunities
    Admission Visits to the KTC office
    They see more of what happens in the office
  • 19. Aims
    19
    KIPP Through College Programs
    KIPP Philadelphia’s struggles
    Short-Term Correction Plan
    Long-Term Correction Plan
  • 20. Long-Term Correction #1
    20
    • Strategic Parent Education
    Introduction to the Kindergarten parents
    Introduction to Parent Association at both middle schools
    Savings plan presentations to K-parents
    Graduation Coach training session for MS parents
    Other ideas? 
  • 21. Long-Term Correction #2
    21
    • Curriculum and Programming for All
    College Knowledge day at each middle school
    Regular course in the weekly or monthly schedule
    Section in the weekly bulletin
    Staff trainings to solidify the message
    Other ideas? 
  • 22. Long-Term Correction #3
    22
    • More Balanced College-Visit Plans
    Meet with school leaders/field lesson coordinators with data for local schools
    Develop staff-training around local colleges to promote
    Consult on field lesson locations and agendas
    Other ideas? 
  • 23. Long-Term Correction #4
    23
    • Strategic Partnerships with Colleges
    Target local schools with lower admission requirements but high graduation rates
    Formalize the pipeline
    Join forces to raise minority graduation rates on campus
  • 24. Aims
    24
    KIPP Through College Programs
    KIPP Philadelphia’s struggles
    Short-Term Correction Plan
    Long-Term Correction Plan
    Keep Climbing!

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