St. Paul, Minn. (Sept. 27, 2011) — Admission Possible, a nationally recognized non-profit founded in Minnesota making college admission and success possible for low-income students, has expanded into Bloomington and Brooklyn Park.
Cohorts of juniors interested in earning a college degree are starting their journey toward higher education at both schools this fall. Historically, 98 percent of Admission Possible students have earned admission to college, and juniors have raised their ACT scores by more than 20 percent.
Founded in 2000 and based in St. Paul, Admission Possible served 35 students in its first year, partnering with public high schools in Minneapolis and St. Paul. The program has grown more than 200-fold in eleven years, adding school partners in the Columbia Heights, Robbinsdale, St. Louis Park and Anoka Hennepin Districts.
With the addition of ParkCenter High School and Bloomington Kennedy High School, Admission Possible is serving more than 1,500 students in 19 partner high schools in the Twin Cities this fall. To help these students succeed, 51 AmeriCorps members will commit more than 86,000 hours of service.
“We’re thrilled at the opportunity to serve low-income students in the Osseo and Bloomington school districts,” said Sara Dziuk, Admission Possible Twin Cities executive director. “Their staff supports our mission and our work wholeheartedly and we’re excited to build this partnership to ensure more students achieve college success.
“With more than a dozen other new schools looking to partner with Admission Possible, we are eager to secure the financial resources to expand our services to more students at more schools in the coming years,” he added.
Admission Possible will serve cohorts of 40 juniors at Park Center High School and Bloomington Kennedy High School, graduating its first classes of seniors from the program at both schools in 2013.
“We are thrilled that Admission Possible is coming to Kennedy High School,” said Principal Andrew Beaton. “We are a natural site for this program due to the diverse clientele in East Bloomington and the need to provide additional pathways for students who may be the first in their family to attend college.”
“We are extremely excited about Admission Possible’s expansion to Park Center Senior High,” said Assistant Principal Bart Becker. “Admission Possible and AmeriCorps are working with us to help us achieve our district mission to inspire and prepare all students with the confidence, courage and competence to achieve their dreams, contribute to community and engage in a lifetime of learning. Admission Possible’s results are remarkable and I am eager to see the positive impact this program will have on the lives of our students.”
Admission Possible students meet twice per week in after-school sessions during their junior and senior years of high school. Coaches support students in small learning groups and one-on one, providing free ACT/SAT test preparation, intensive guidance in preparing college applications, help in obtaining financial aid and guidance in the transition to college. After graduation, students receive support from college coaches renewing their FAFSA, getting connected to existing resources on campus, and searching for scholarships and internships.
Last year, 98 percent of the 676 Admission Possible seniors earned admission to more than 180 colleges and universities, and were awarded more than $3.3 million in scholarships. The juniors in the program achieved a remarkable average ACT score increase of 23 percent last year.
Admission Possible Twin Cities is making college admission and success possible for low-income students through an intensive curriculum of coaching and support. Launched in 2000, Admission Possible Twin Cities serves 7,600 low-income high school and college age students through its college access and completion programs.
Nationwide, Admission Possible’s innovative and award-winning model serves 8,700 Minnesota, Nebraska and Wisconsin students in 2011-12 with plans to reach 10,000 students annually in 10 locations across the country by 2020. According to a recent Harvard study, the program doubles a student’s chances of enrolling in college.