In 2004, at the urging of Jane Donahue, a former College Summit writing coach who had recently moved to St. Louis and saw the need for the program in her new hometown, educators and community leaders escorted a small cohort of students from St. Louis Public Schools (SLPS) to a College Summit workshop in Colorado. By the end of the weekend, nine rising seniors were ten steps ahead in the college application process, two college counselors had seen a system that would allow them to do their jobs more effectively, and seven school and community leaders had become passionately committed to bringing College Summit to St. Louis.
With additional buy-in from superintendents, school administrators, and the higher education and business communities, College Summit-St Louis began working with underserved communities in the St. Louis metropolitan area in 2005. Since that time, College Summit has impacted more than 7,800 youth. In addition to partnering with St. Louis Public Schools (SLPS) we have expanded into the Confluence Academy. Since working with College Summit, SLPS has achieved a 26% increase in their college enrollment rates. Additionally, St. Louis Public Schools has met the Missouri Department of Education College Placement Accreditation Standard for 2008, 2009 and 2010.
School Partners for 2012-13: Beaumont High School, Carnahan High School of the Future, Central Visual and Performing Arts High School, Cleveland NJROTC Academy, Clyde C. Miller Career Academy, College Preparatory High School at Madison, Fresh Start Academy, Gateway Institute of Technology High School, McKinley Classical Leadership Academy, Northwest Academy of Law, Roosevelt High School, Soldan International Studies High School, Sumner High School, Vashon High School and Confluence Preparatory Academy.
College Summit raises college enrollment rates by advancing a systemic college-going culture in communities within the St. Louis metropolitan area that strive for greater access to higher education. Through the delivery of tools and supports, and strategic collaborations within the community, we promote students’ postsecondary and career success.
For 2011-12 participants:
• 92% applied to at least one college by the end of the school year (up from 82% in 2009-10)
• 75% applied for financial aid (up from 58% in 2009-10)
“In our partnership with College Summit, St. Louis Public Schools has not only sent more students to college but has also experienced a district-wide shift toward a college-going culture. We have a long way to go but the support provided by programs like College Summit has been instrumental in changing our culture.”
-SLPS Superintendent Dr. Kelvin R. Adams
“We could not have been able to create such a strong college-going culture without College Summit and the unwavering support of your entire staff."
-Dr. Amy Phillips, Principal, Central Visual and Performing Arts High School
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