Is CollegeSpring right for my students and my school?
CollegeSpring works with any school or organization that serves primarily low income, first generation college bound students. We focus on building fundamental academic skills that will help the students succeed on the SAT and in the classroom. During our academic-year programs we work with schools that aim for all of their students to meet A-G requirements. During our summer programs, the students who enroll in our programs are all on track to fulfill A-G requirements.
What kind of support does CollegeSpring offer?
Before they begin working for CollegeSpring, all instructors and mentors receive 24 hours of in-service training to gain an overview of our program and our curriculum, as well as general pedagogical strategies and classroom management techniques. During their employment all instructors and mentors are supported by a program manager and/or program coordinator. Instructors and mentors can expect to be observed and given feedback focused on both their strengths and on possible areas of improvement. The program manager/coordinator will also help instructors and mentors analyze student data and implement changes to the curriculum based on this data.
What kind of data does CollegeSpring provide?
After each of four diagnostic tests that are administered as part of the program, all instructors and mentors receive student score reports. Score reports cover how well each student performed on the three sections of the SAT, as well as a breakdown of the number of questions students answered correctly, incorrectly, left blank. In addition to individual student score reports, instructors will also receive a class report that focuses on class-wide trends. The administrators will be copied on these class-wide reports, and will also receive summative reports at the end of the program.
What is a typical summer program schedule like?
Students in the summer program will attend CollegeSpring for three hours a day, Monday through Thursday, for five weeks during the summer. Students will spend half their time in class and half their time in small tutoring groups. Before the program, the partner organization will organize and proctor a baseline diagnostic exam for all students participating in the summer program. Three additional full-length diagnostic tests will be proctored by CollegeSpring staff on three Fridays during the program.
Below is a sample weekly schedule for one of our summer programs. Groups A, B, and C are all comprised of 15-20 students.
What is a typical school year schedule like?
Students in the academic-year program attend a CollegeCpring class 90 minutes a week during their advisory period for the duration of the school year. During the second semester, students also attend an hour of after-school mentoring every week. In addition, students also take four diagnostic SAT exams over the course of the year, proctored by schools either after school or on Saturdays.
Below is a sample after-school mentoring schedule. One quarter of the students will be assigned to each block. Mentors work with four groups of students, one in each time slot.
How can I learn more?
To learn more about partnering with CollegeSpring, contact Julie Bachur, Director of Programs. Email julie(at)collegespring.org, or call (415) 230-0640 x1003.