Are you the parent of a middle or high school student who would like your student to attend college in the future? Are you a middle or high school administrator looking for ways to develop a college-going culture? Here are several programs you should know about that are available to schools in Washington State.
AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination)
The AVID program targets students in the middle who need an extra nudge to be successful. The program can begin as early as 4th grade and continues through to the 12th grade. AVID programs are generally found in urban, multi-ethnic communities. However, the success of AVID strategies has prompted even suburban communities to invest in the program as a method for developing greater college-readiness in students. AVID students are encouraged to take rigorous coursework and are trained in the skills of higher order thinking, writing, collaboration and problem-solving. AVID students are encouraged to pursue college and are provided with the supports to help them achieve their goals.
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GEAR –UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs)
The GEAR-UP program was created to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. High-poverty middle and high schools can apply for GEAR UP grants. These grants are designed to serve a cohort of students from middles school through high school and into college. These students receive regular mentoring and tutoring, as well as opportunities for workshops on such topics as filling out college applications and completing financial aid forms. Students who are being served in the GEAR-UP program are also eligible for grants and/or scholarships for college.
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MESA (Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement)
The MESA program can be found in many urban schools and especially targets students of color, girls and students in poverty. The MESA program assists academically disadvantaged students by helping them to prepare for and successfully complete a 4-year college program. MESA helps lower income students develop interests and proficiency in math-based fields, such as engineering, science, computer science and mathematics. Teachers are trained to teach using collaboration and problem-solving. The goal of MESA is to develop college-bound students who are confident in their academic and leadership abilities and who can contribute to the socio-economic well-being of their families and communities.
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