Admission Possible, the nonprofit organization providing college preparatory programming to low-income high school students for free, is recruiting now through mid-May for sophomores interested in obtaining a college education. Applications are being accepted from eligible sophomores by Admission Possible staff at each of 3 Greater Milwaukee partner high schools – South Division High School, Milwaukee School of Languages, and St. Joan Antida. Students attending other high schools may contact Admission Possible headquarters to apply at 414-220-9450 or Milwaukee.Info@AdmissionPossible.org.
“This is an extremely exciting time of year for us at Admission Possible because we get to meet our class of 2011,” said Milwaukee Branch Leader, Kate Lundeen. “These sophomores may not completely believe it today, but two years from now college will not only be within their grasp, they will be on their way! I really encourage sophomores to go ahead and apply, even if right now they are unsure college is for them.”
In Admission Possible’s eight-year history, 99 percent of participating students have earned admission to college; 95 percent went on to enroll and nearly 80 percent of those students are still working toward their college degree or have already graduated. The program expanded to Milwaukee last fall and currently serves 60 low-income juniors in the Milwaukee area, and 1,300 low-income juniors and seniors in the Greater Twin Cities.
Admission Possible students commit to two after-school sessions a week during their junior and senior years of high school. Students join a small learning group and are assigned one Admission Possible college coach who works with them in small groups and individually for each year of the program. During these two years, students are provided free ACT/SAT test preparation, intensive guidance in preparing college applications, help in obtaining financial aid, and guidance in the transition to college.
“I feel very comfortable being in Admission Possible because I am surrounded by people I know,” said Admission Possible junior, Jericka Thomas, who attends St. Joan Antida High School. “Being in the program has made me more confident because I have guidelines to help me improve my ACT sore and to get me into the college that I want to go to.”
Three requirements for entry into the Admission Possible program are: 1) income eligibility – a student’s family income is at or below the median income for the city of residence; 2) a student is a high school sophomore on track to be a junior in 2009-10; 3) a student is willing to commit to after-school sessions, and Saturday ACT practice exams, college campus visits and community service outings over the two years. Additionally, students admitted to the program typically have a GPA of 2.0 or higher and a solid record of school attendance.
Sophomores across Milwaukee will be notified of admittance to the program by late April and will begin Admission Possible after-school programming in the fall of the 2009-10 school year.
Students, parents and other caring adults interested in learning more about the program or wishing to refer a student may visit the Admission Possible office at a partner high school, or call 414-220-9450, or visit the organization’s website www.AdmissionPossible.org/GreaterMilwaukee.
ABOUT ADMISSION POSSIBLE
Admission Possible is a nonprofit organization founded in Minnesota in 2000 and dedicated to helping promising low-income high school students prepare for and earn admission to college by providing ACT/SAT test preparation, admissions and financial aid consulting and guidance in the transition to college. In the 2008-09 academic year, Admission Possible serves 60 students in three high schools in the organization’s Greater Milwaukee program and 1,300 students at 17 high schools in the Twin Cities metro area and. Since 2000, 99 percent of Admission Possible students have been admitted to college.
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