Reach for College! was founded in 2005 by two urban educators who saw how to help disadvantaged students overcome the obstacles to higher education. In the District, only 64% of students graduate high school, and nearly a quarter of these never attend college or trade school, leaving many kids unprepared for a world in which over 80% of jobs require post-secondary education. So every day, as part of their academic schedule, 1,000 students in more than 20 classes in DC use RFC’s curriculum to boost their skills in college-level reading, writing, and time management. Classes in SAT prep, college selection, and financial aid help them navigate the application maze. Personalized attention makes all the difference: RFC-trained teachers encourage the less confident students, cajole the procrastinators, and celebrate with all the students when the acceptance letters roll in. And they do: 100% of RFC students receive college acceptances and 80% enroll in college right after graduation. It costs RFC $280 to get a student into college. You can play a role in the next acceptance.
Headquarters: DC-Ward 2
Where They Operate: DC-Ward 1; DC-Ward 5; DC-Ward 6; DC-Ward 7; DC-Ward 8; MD-Prince George's County
Age Groups Served: Teenagers; Grade 9-12
Ethnic Groups Served: African American, 98%; Latino/Hispanic, 2%
Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income; Students
Schools They Work In: Ballou; Cardozo; Eastern; Cesar Chavez Public Charter (Capitol Hill); Cesar Chavez Public Charter (Parkside; Hospitality Public Charter; SEED DC Public Charter; Thurgood Marshall Public Charter; Washington, Math, Science and Tech Charter
Awards & Recognition
June 2011 Semi-Finalist for Social Impact Exchange Business Plan Competition
February 2010 Innovation Award from the College Board
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- The current budget for Reach for College! is: Less than $500k
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