“This is an extremely exciting time of year for us at Admission Possible because we get to meet our class of 2011,” said Admission Possible founder and CEO Jim McCorkell. “These sophomores may not completely believe it today, but two years from now college will not only be within their grasp, they will be on their way! I really encourage sophomores to go ahead and apply, even if right now they are unsure college is for them.”
In Admission Possible’s eight-year history, 99 percent of participating students have earned admission to college; 95 percent went on to enroll and nearly 80 percent of those students are still working toward their college degree or have already graduated. The program currently serves 1,300 low-income juniors and seniors in the Greater Twin Cities.
Admission Possible students commit to two after-school sessions a week during their junior and senior years of high school. Students join a small learning group and are assigned one Admission Possible college coach who works with them in small groups and individually for each year of the program. During these two years, students are provided free ACT/SAT test preparation, intensive guidance in preparing college applications, help in obtaining financial aid, and guidance in the transition to college.
“Admission Possible really supports me and helps me a lot,” said Admission Possible junior, Tia’Lana Hunter, who attends Minneapolis’ Edison High School. “I like meeting in a small group because I can express myself more.”
Three requirements for entry into the Admission Possible program are: 1) income eligibility – a student’s family income is at or below the median income for the city of residence; 2) a student is a high school sophomore on track to be a junior in 2009-10; 3) a student is willing to commit to after-school sessions, and Saturday ACT practice exams, college campus visits and community service outings over the two years. Additionally, students admitted to the program typically have a GPA of 2.0 or higher and a solid record of school attendance.
More than 700 sophomores across the Twin Cities will be notified of admittance to the program by late April and will begin Admission Possible after-school programming in the fall of the 2009-10 school year at one of these 19 partner schools: Arlington, Central, Como Park, Harding, Highland Park, Humboldt and Johnson high schools in St. Paul; Patrick Henry, Roosevelt, North, and Edison high schools in Minneapolis; Armstrong and Cooper high schools in Robbinsdale, Minn.; St. Louis Park High School; Columbia Heights High School, Coon Rapids High School (new partner) and charter schools, Higher Ground Academy, Ubah Medical Academy, and Community of Peace Academy (new partner).
Students, parents and other caring adults interested in learning more about the program or wishing to refer a student may visit the Admission Possible office at a partner high school, or call (651) 917-3525, or visit the organization’s website www.AdmissionPossible.org/Student_Recruitment