To be the first in a family to attend college is a breakthrough moment that can help secure a student's financial future and end a cycle of poverty. But for many low-income students, the process proves too foreign, the hurdles too high to overcome.
High school seniors – and other interested students – in Philadelphia and the surrounding area will be able to meet with representatives from about 400 colleges and universities at the Philadelphia National College Fair on Sunday.
The fair, which will be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., is sponsored by the National Association for College Admission Counseling and hosted by its Pennsylvania affiliate.
Philadelphia Futures has reached a milestone in its mission to prepare students for college. This year marks the 25th anniversary edition of Step Up to College: Philadelphia’s Guide to the College Preparation, Application, Admissions & Financial Aid Processes.
Since 1989 Philadelphia Futures has annually published this resource, providing it free of charge to thousands of students throughout the city in efforts to help remove any barriers to postsecondary success.
by Kevin McCorry for NewsWorks
As application deadlines loom for many of the nation's top colleges, guidance counselors in Philadelphia's traditional public high schools are scrambling to ensure that the needs of all students are met.
According to Philly School Counselors United, staff shortages due to budget cuts have made the undertaking "frantic" for counselors and a "struggle" for the School District's seniors.
Christine Donnelly is the only guidance counselor for the Academy at Palumbo's more than 800 students.
Parents United for Public Education and Philly School Counselors United filed a complaint with the Department of Education Thursday saying that Philadelphia chidlren are being denied an adequate education due to the counselor shortage in city schools.
"The lack of counselors impedes the ability of teachers to deliver as effectively instructional services," according to the complaint, filed with the help of the Public Interest Law Center of Pennsylvania (PILCOP).
The school profiles in this guide tell you a lot about the 87 schools we describe and their programs. Here we provide statistics about how their students are performing. That is important information as you think about where to apply to high school.
Below, you’ll find data about all the District-run schools and charter schools.
by Isaac Riddle
For years the University of Pennsylvania’s Ivy in Your Backyard event served as an information session and recruitment event for Philadelphia students considering the Ivy League university. After a hiatus of more than a decade, the event returns, but this time with a broader purpose.
“With everything going on in the School District this year, we decided it would be best to take that same branding element of Ivy in Your Backyard, but really open ourselves as a resource to Philadelphia students, since many schools do not have access to a full-time counselor,” said Danielle Branch, Philadelphia region admissions director at the University of Pennsylvania.
by Isaac Riddle
Applying to college can be a frustrating process for high school students, especially when many schools, like those in the School District of Philadelphia, are without a full-time guidance counselor.
But Philadelphia Futures is hoping to help fill the gap with the release of its 24th annual edition of the Step Up to College: Guide to the College Preparation, Application, Admissions and Financial Aid Processes.
by Isaac Riddle
Applying to college, especially writing a compelling essay that will catch the eye of admissions officials, can be an intimidating process for many high school seniors.
This year, students in Philadelphia's District-run high schools have it even harder due to a critical shortage of counselors. So Marilyn He, a senior at Columbia University, decided to do something about it.
He, who grew up on the Main Line, said she has organized a network of 300 volunteer readers to help city students with their essays.
The latest edition of the annual Philadelphia college admissions guide Step Up to College has been released. The guide is free and published by Philadelphia Futures, an organization that helps prepare underrepresented youth for college.
New to this year’s guide is an added emphasis on what the demands of career, workplace, and today’s difficult job market mean for today’s college-bound student.