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Programs Overview

Pathways to College provides the information, guidance and support to help Scholars become the best high school students, college applicants and college students they can be, through the School-Based Scholars Program and the virtual National Scholars Program. Both programs use the same research-based, proven curriculum.

We work after school hours throughout the high school years with selected students, primarily students of color, in whom we see high academic and leadership potential, referring to them as Pathways to College Scholars. We create safe places for our Scholars to be smart, where teams of teachers and learners are free to focus on academic and personal success, career exploration, college access and courageous leadership.

Results that matter

100%

Pathways Graduates Admitted to College *

90%

Pathways Graduates College Matriculation Rate *

4,000+

Pathways Scholars (To Date)

70%

Pathways’ Graduates’ College Persistence Rate *

* Based on National Student Clearinghouse Data

$1,200

Annual Program Cost Per Student

Results that matter

100%

Pathways Graduates Admitted to College *

90%

PATHWAYS GRADUATES COLLEGE MATRICULATION RATE *

4K+

Pathways Scholars (To Date) *

70%

Pathways’ Graduates’ College Persistence Rate *

* Based on National Student Clearinghouse Data

$1.2K

Annual Program Cost Per Student

So, You Want
to go to College?

Pathways to College offers the School-Based Scholars Program
and the virtual National Scholars Program.

For both programs …

The only cost to the student and family is the student’s full attention and commitment.

Students apply and are chosen for the program based on their motivation and potential to be good students.

Scholars set and achieve goals for school, college and beyond. They also learn to encourage others by example.

Sessions are scheduled twice or more weekly during the school year for at least four hours.

Sessions are led by highly effective teachers who are carefully selected to coach Scholars on the critical life skills and intellectual habits of mind that research indicates are essential to prepare for lifelong academic and personal success.

Scholars and their teachers understand that they’re part of a larger group that, through courageous leadership, can make a difference — for themselves, their peers, their communities, and even the entire country.

Scholars receive Pathways to College: An Explorer’s Guide.

Which Program is Right for You?

School-Based Scholars Program
  • Operates after school in partner schools and communities.
  • Led by four of the most effective teachers in each participating school.
  • Targets up to 100 Scholars in grades 9-12.
  • Schoolwide impact is attained through building a college-going culture and providing opportunities for schoolwide activities.
National Scholars Program
  • Accommodates Scholars who prefer the flexibility of a virtual program, empowering them to balance school, work and college preparatory pursuits.
  • Operates after school as a virtual, national community of learners.
  • Led by veteran Pathways to College program teachers.
  • Currently open to applicants in central and eastern time zones
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Pathways to College

Pathways to College: An Explorer’s Guide

A Clear Guide

Pathways to College has a comprehensive, clear guidebook written specifically for students in grades 8 to 12. It explains the steps that you and your family need to take, starting well before senior year, to select the right high school classes, to identify “personal best” colleges, complete the application process, and find financial aid. In it you will also find much of what you need to know to be a successful high school student, college applicant and proud graduate.

You can learn about study skills, identifying your academic and personal strengths, exploring career opportunities, what colleges look for in the applications they receive, and importantly, how to encourage your friends to stay on the pathway to college also.

The guidebook begins with messages from Judith Berry Griffin, Founder and President of Pathways to College, and from Oprah Winfrey, our partner in producing the Explorer’s Guide. We are pleased and proud to share it with you. There is no cost for this or for other Pathways to College materials.

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs

How Can My Child Become A Pathways to College Student?

Our School-based Scholars Program operates after school in partner schools and communities. If it is not currently available in your community, high school age students can apply to our National Scholars Program – please see the program description and APPLICATION FORM link under the PROGRAMS tab.

How Can We Get Pathways to College In Our School?

Pathways to College welcomes inquiries from prospective program sites. Our approach to establishing programs requires that we engage community leaders and funders. We encourage you to forward information about Pathways to College to your school superintendent, principal and other community leaders, and alert us so that we may follow up