San Francisco, CA, June 5, 2013 – This week, CollegeSpring is launching the first of its 80-hour programs for San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) students at Mission High School, Abraham Lincoln High School, and Philip & Sala Burton Academic High School. The organization will bring its signature SAT prep and college readiness programming to three schools in San Francisco, always providing instruction at no cost to participating high schoolers. This initial collaboration launches CollegeSpring’s first major offering with a public school district.
“We founded CollegeSpring to help every student in California access college” said CollegeSpring co-founder and CEO, Garrett Neiman. “This new partnership with SFUSD schools is a fantastic opportunity for us to help support students in our local public schools achieve their college aspirations.”
Working with individual schools, school networks, and other community organizations in the Bay Area and Los Angeles, CollegeSpring has served 4,400 high school students from low-income backgrounds since 2008 and expects to reach an additional 7,600 by 2015. The average SAT score boost of 176 points from participating in CollegeSpring’s academic-year or summer programs can mean the difference between being eligible for admission to a four-year state school or not.
CollegeSpring operates on the premise that helping students both increase their SAT scores and navigate the college admissions process can have a major impact on student outcomes, narrowing the persistent economic divide on college campuses. Students from families that make more than $200,000 score an average of 359 points higher on the SAT than students whose families make less than $40,000. CollegeSpring’s outcomes build a strong case that, with the right support, low-income students are capable of increasing their eligibility for admission to four-year colleges and universities and enhancing their access to the proven long-term benefits associated with higher education.
Founded in 2008, CollegeSpring is the largest SAT preparation program explicitly designed to meet the needs of low-income and first-generation college students. It was founded on the belief that test preparation and college-readiness instruction should work together as an effective springboard to college. CollegeSpring’s program includes small-group mentoring with current undergraduates as well as instruction by professional teachers, so that students receive the personal and academic support they need to succeed.
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