Academic Collegiate Success Program (ACSP)

At A Glance

Consider the story of Steve, a typical student entering high school.

Steve enters the 9th grade. He’s bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, eager to get the best out of his high school experience, but he doesn’t know how to maximize his opportunities at this stage in his life. Here is what happens as a result:

  • He knows that he wants to go to college but only gives it a mere passing thought now and again.
  • Steve is falling behind in core subjects but is passed on to the next grade regardless.
  • Steve doesn’t take any college-level courses and instead takes general classes.
  • Steve doesn’t fully understand the importance of having a good SAT score and GPA for college applications, so he doesn’t take them seriously (until the 12th grade, of course).

So far, so good (or so it appears). Steve feels confident that his high school prepared him for college. He enters the 12th grade and starts to apply for various collegiate programs, but he encounters some obstacles:

  • His GPA and SAT scores are too low to get into selective colleges.
  • He doesn’t know what he wants to go to college for.
  • He doesn’t know where or how to apply for scholarships, grants, or financial aid. In most cases, he doesn’t qualify for them because of his low GPA and SAT score.
  • He feels RUSHED because he didn’t plan ahead of time.

Because Steve wasn’t prepared to succeed in college, he will usually suffer from one or more of these:

  • Poor academics and low GPA
  • Drop out of college
  • Graduate with student debt
  • Decreased job and career prospects

After reading Steve’s story, ask yourself these questions:

  • Do you know any young people whose experiences are similar?
  • Is this something that you have experienced as a high school or university student?
  • Would you agree that this an urgent problem that needs to be addressed?

The Unmet Need

  • Many college-prep and test-prep programs are failing to prepare students for college
  • Many students do not know how to successfully navigate the college application process.
  • Students entering college do not have enough financial, academic, or professional support to either finish college or maximize the opportunities in college.

Why Does This Matter:

  • Out of 22,883 CPS graduates, 58% (13,255 total) attend either a 2-year or 4-year college. Of those who attend, only 71% (9,533) persist after freshman year. (2015 District College Persistance Summary)
  • 75 to 80 percent of students who took only general-level classes in math, social studies, or science weren’t prepared for key college classes in those subjects. (Chicago Tribune, 2017)
  • The majority of students who took all general classes didn’t get the strong scores to get themselves into selective colleges. In each of the ACT’s four test areas, only 9 to 12 percent of the all-general students scored in the top quartile. (Chicago Tribune, 2017)

These indicators confirm the following:

  • Highschool coursework is not rigorous enough to prepare CPS students for the university level.
  • Many CPS students are not matriculating into university, and even fewer are persisting and graduating.
  • An increase in ACT/SAT scores and GPA greatly increases a student’s efficacy in university.

How To Address The Unmet Need:

The largest problem amongst students is that they do not have a plan regarding how to matriculate into college, afford college, and stay in college. Therefore, students need a step-by-step plan and personalized training to help them meet the academic qualifications and secure enough money to attend and finish college.

A successful college preparation program needs the following components:

1. Prepares students to learn beyond “tips and tricks” of a test and trains students to master the reading, writing, science, and math fundamentals.
2. Assists students in looking for scholarships and other sources of financial aid to offset the costs of college.
3. Offers internship opportunities for previous students or continuous support before and during university.

This is how ACSP was born!

Overview of Program

Program Synopsis: ACSP takes a holistic approach to prepare students for college and beyond. It offers a step-by-step plan and personalized training to help them meet the academic qualifications and secure enough money to attend and finish university. The program is divided into three parts:

  • Students will strengthen their foundational academic skills through comprehensive math, science, language arts curricula. (9th and 10th grade)
  • Students will receive rigorous and holistic SAT prep training. (11th grade)
  • Students will be guided through the college application and scholarship application process. (12th grade)

Mission Statement: Assist high school students to attend and finish college by maximizing their academic potential and success in high school.

Expected Outcomes
a. Exemplary academics: Students will be pushed to exceed performance levels, resulting in increased grades, GPA, and standardized test scores.
b. Persist and finish college: Students will have the skills and confidence to pass their college courses and graduate.
c. Less student debt: Students will qualify to win various scholarships to offset the huge cost of higher education.
d. Improved career prospects: Students’ academic success will translate to professional success.

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