Preparing St. HOPE Scholars to Succeed in College
We are committed to ensuring all of our scholars receive a strong foundation so they are prepared to attend, succeed in, and complete college. We believe in encouraging our young scholars to set their sights on college early, which is why we offer college field trips for every grade level, from K-12. These trips are a special time for our scholars to learn more about college and visualize themselves making it to and through college.
We are also focused on supporting our high school students so they have the college prep tools they need to apply and be accepted into top-tier universities. We are excited that starting this year Sac High has a 9th grade Academy for all incoming freshman specifically designed to ensure 9th graders start their high school experience off on the right foot.
In September, Sac High hosted the annual Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Fair where 37 HBCUs talked with students and many offered on-the-spot admission and scholarships to qualified seniors. The fair was a lively and positive event for our community, and our entire senior and junior classes were able to meet with admissions representatives, learn about exciting opportunities at HBCU campuses, and submit applications without paying application fees. By the end of the two-hour event, 90% of the Class of 2018 had been accepted to represented HBCUs including Johnson C. Smith, Harris-Stowe, Dillard, Benedict, Bennett College for Women, Virginia State, Morgan State, Langston, Alcorn, Grambling, and others. Approximately 30% of the students from the senior class were offered significant academic scholarships.
Throughout the school year we will continue to offer a variety of college counseling services to assist our Sac High scholars become more familiar with potential colleges, understand the admissions process, and identify financial aid options. We are committed to doing all we can to make sure St. HOPE scholars are on a clear pathway to and through college.