Prepare for College & Career

In today's fast paced, highly specialized economy, a college education is indispensable. Unfortunately for many low-income students, graduation from college is still too uncommon. To combat this trend, many successful expanded-time high schools have developed innovative programs geared toward preparing their students for success after graduation. Schools with large populations of students who will be the first in their families to attend college use an expanded schedule to provide classes that: build their students understanding of the value of a college education; support students through the college selection, application, and admissions processes; and prepare students for the type of independent learning they will experience in college settings. Furthermore, some schools partner with colleges to create dual enrollment programs so students can earn college credit while in high school. Other schools partner with businesses and community organizations to expose students to various career pathways and to help them build workplace skills.

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