CollegeBound Initiative

Overview

CollegeBound Initiative (CBI) empowers young women and men to realize their higher education and career potential by placing full-time college guidance experts in high-need public schools. CBI counselors maximize students’ college awareness, access, and financial aid awards.

CBI participants graduating from our partner high schools achieve four-year college degrees at approximately four times the rate of their national peers.

CBI college guidance experts work one-on-one with every student as early as sixth grade. We combine intimate knowledge of our students and trusted connections with a diverse network of colleges, enabling us to optimize college placement and maximize financial aid. Our comprehensive approach creates a culture of success in each of our partner high schools. And the results are clear – we have 17 consecutive years of demonstrated success in increasing the college enrollment and attainment rate for low-income students. For CBI students, the question is not if but where they will go to college.

For more information on the CollegeBound Initative, please contact Jon Roure, Chief Innovation Officer.

Program Details

CBI is a year-round comprehensive college guidance program that works with students in grades 6–12 to ensure they have access to and can afford a college education. CBI’s full-time, school-based college counselors, called directors of college counseling (DCCs), work closely with principals and teachers to promote a college-going culture that raises parent and student expectations. DCCs guide students to overcome barriers to college entry through early college awareness activities and application, financial aid, and enrollment support. As a result, CBI increases students’ college enrollment rates and helps secure the critical financial aid that makes higher education affordable and achievable.

DCCs deliver the following year-round activities to students in grades 6–12:

Early College and Career Awareness Activities

DCCs frequently host college admissions officers, coordinate college trips and fairs, provide students in grades 6–10 with college awareness lessons and workshops, connect students to school alumni who are enrolled in college, and help teachers incorporate college and career awareness into their classes through interactive programming and external partnerships.

Complete Application Support

DCCs (along with SAT partners such as Ivy Key and Kaplan) assist students with registering and preparing for the PSAT and SAT exams. DCCs offer twelfth graders one-on-one assistance with college selection; help students hone their interview skills; and assist seniors in writing essays, recommendation letters, and resumes. DCCs manage each student’s individual application process and offer parent education and outreach for all aspects of the CBI program.

Enrollment and Financial Aid Support

DCCs provide comprehensive financial aid counseling and assistance for students and their parents, including financial aid workshops for parents and eleventh and twelfth graders, FAFSA application support, one-on-one meetings with individual students and families, and advocacy on behalf of students via direct communication to college financial aid officers.

Experiential Learning Opportunities 

DCCs lead seniors on overnight trips to partner colleges. Rising seniors from each CBI school are invited to participate in the CollegeBound Summer Institute at Gettysburg College, a three-day college application boot camp. Counselors also introduce students to opportunities for precollege summer programs and scholarships.

Alumni

DCCs connect current students to college-enrolled alumni to reinforce the school’s college-going culture and students’ attainment of their post-secondary goals. DCCs also identify and support at-risk graduated students during summer months to support their transition to college.

DCCs work closely with several partner colleges (e.g., Gettysburg College and University of Rochester) to increase students’ preparation for, access to, and enrollment in a college that supports their success. DCCs also benefit from Student Leadership Network’s shared network-wide resources, best practices, and activities, like college fairs and trips, to ensure the highest-quality delivery of services. While DCCs are based full-time in each of our partner schools, they receive extensive training, supervision, and professional development opportunities from CBI administrative staff.

Middle School and High School Partners

In the 2017–2018 school year, CBI impacted more than 18,000 students in grades 6–12 at 32 partner schools in New York City.

BRONX

Bronx Early College Academy for Teaching & Learning
Grades 6–12

Bronx Envision Academy
Grades 9–12

Bronx Latin School
Grades 6–12

Bronxdale High School
Grades 9–12

Collegiate Institute for Math and Science
Grades 9–12

Eagle Academy for Young Men
Grades 6–12

In-Tech Academy School for Applied Global Tech
Grades 6–12

Marble Hill School for International Studies
Grades 9–12

Mott Hall Bronx High School
Grades 9–12

Mott Hall V
Grades 6–12

Renaissance High School for Musical Theater and Technology
Grades 9–12

The Laboratory School of Finance and Technology
Grades 9–12

The Young Women’s Leadership School of the Bronx
Grades 9–12

Urban Assembly School for Applied Math and Science
Grades 6–12

Validus Preparatory Academy
Grades 9–12

BROOKLYN

Brooklyn Preparatory High School
Grades 9–12

Juan Morel Campos Secondary School
Grades 6–12

The Young Women’s Leadership School of Brooklyn
Grades 6–12

Williamsburg Preparatory School
Grades 9–12

MANHATTAN

Business of Sports School
Grades 9–12

Central Park East High School
Grades 9–12

Park East High School
Grades 9–12

East Side Community High School
Grades 6–12

Manhattan Business Academy
Grades 9–12

The Heritage School
Grades 9–12

The Young Women’s Leadership School of East Harlem
Grades 6–12

Union Square Academy for Health Sciences
Grades 9–12

Urban Assembly School for the Performing Arts
Grades 9–12

QUEENS

East-West School of International Studies
Grades 6–12

Robert F. Wagner, Jr. Secondary School for Arts And Technology
Grades 6–12

The Young Women’s Leadership School of Astoria
Grades 6–12

The Young Women’s Leadership School of Queens (Jamaica)
Grades 6–12