Creating College Readiness: Profiles of 38 Schools that Know How


Educational Policy Improvement Center


This report profiles 38 high schools that consistently graduated college-ready students from underrepresented groups, many of which also had high proportions of would-be, first-generation college goers. The case studies emphasize strategies to promote and advance college readiness, and the schools studied are diverse in size, location, urbanization, and student demographics. Schools are organized by type: alternative schools; charter schools; comprehensive schools; early college high schools; magnet schools; and private schools.

Each case study includes an overview of the school, its state and local context, and a rich description of features that promote college readiness. Many schools in the study forged strong partnerships with local colleges and universities. Some built strong interpersonal relationships with students, while others integrated career and technical education with college preparation.

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