Southern California Program

CollegeSpring

Precollegiate Education
San Francisco, CA
$200,000
June 2015

CollegeSpring aims to eliminate the college opportunity gap by offering a SAT and college preparation program designed specifically for students from low-income backgrounds.  The program, which includes classroom instruction led by professional teachers and small-group mentoring led by undergraduate near-peer mentors, addresses the math and reading skills remediation needed to score well on standardized college entrance exams, prepares students for the college admissions and financial aid processes, and assesses student improvement through four full-length, previously-administered SAT exams.  CollegeSpring has been serving students in Los Angeles since 2010.  In the summer of 2014 it launched a pilot to deepen its impact by building and strengthening a partnership with the Los Angeles Unified School District.  A grant from the W. M. Keck Foundation will support CollegeSpring’s expansion within LAUSD to demonstrate that the program can be effective in public school environments and lay the foundation for partnerships with other districts.  Over a two year period more than 500 students will be served.

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