Title

Getting it Done; Post Secondary Prep for Our Generation 1 and At Risk Students.

First Presenter's Institution

Princeton Public Schools

Second Presenter's Institution

Princeton Public Schools

Third Presenter's Institution

Princeton Public Schools

Fourth Presenter's Institution

NA

Fifth Presenter's Institution

NA

Location

Poster Session (Harborside)

Strand #1

Academic Achievement & School Leadership

Relevance

Assisting at-risk students with college planning and college application resources change

Our programming has improved attendance and academic grades for our at risk students and first generation college applicants despite past educational experiences and background. The programming has measurable positive outcomes that can be replicated in any high school. Our grade specific programming helps students adjust to high school, connect with the community and provides college planning and application process resources.

Brief Program Description

The best remedy to a struggling student is assisting with creating viable future plans. Our college application boot camp program provides the support needed and the confidence building activities that engage students in school and provide hope for their futures. The program applies to the strand; “HEAD”: Academic Achievement & Leadership. Through our programming, students work toward academic success and go through post secondary planning step by step. .

Summary

Our program aims to change the mindset of at-risk students and their families regarding college. Too many students have been told or believe that they are not college material and many families believe that they cannot afford it. Through school programming and evening meetings including community organizations we have assisted 3 cohorts of students with completing applications and attending 2-4 year colleges.

Our poster will include steps to creating a program that assists with changing mindset and normalizing help seeking behavior - two key elements of a college prep program. We will share our best practices and resources for school interested in creating their own college application boot camp.

Evidence

The practices we have implemented have motivated our students and have improved their attendances and engagement in school. Through strategic planning and program design we have incorporated community members and organizations that will support the students through applications, financial aid forms and their entire college career.

We have improved our college application and attendance rate to 96%

Format

Poster Presentation

Biographical Sketch

Christine Carbone has worked for 16 years as member of the Social Studies Department at Princeton High School. She teaches ELL US History, ELL World History and senior electives on Africa, Russia and Current Events. Christine is also a Generation 1 advisor and the advisor for Student Council.

Andrea Dinan is a high school teacher working in the guidance department at Princeton Public Schools in Princeton, New Jersey, USA. She has been a teacher for 21 years and directs the service learning and tutoring programs for the district. In the summer she directs an ELL English immersion camp in her community and in a sister school in Mexico.

Sarah Ayad is a mathematics teacher at Princeton High School, located in New Jersey. Through this experience, she have had the opportunity to teach a diverse group of students ranging from freshman to seniors. She has also had the experience to work with ESL students and special education students in an inclusive setting. In addition, she is a private tutor outside of school and the Chess Club advisor at Princeton High School.

Keyword Descriptors

Academic, College Applications

Presentation Year

March 2019

Start Date

3-5-2019 4:00 PM

End Date

3-5-2019 5:30 PM

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Getting it Done; Post Secondary Prep for Our Generation 1 and At Risk Students.

Poster Session (Harborside)

The best remedy to a struggling student is assisting with creating viable future plans. Our college application boot camp program provides the support needed and the confidence building activities that engage students in school and provide hope for their futures. The program applies to the strand; “HEAD”: Academic Achievement & Leadership. Through our programming, students work toward academic success and go through post secondary planning step by step. .