Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) Scholars
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SEO Scholars is a free eight-year academic program that prepares low-income public high school students for admission to the nationâs most competitive collegesâand supports them through college graduation. In high school, we offer intensive year-round academic preparation via a carefully-calibrated, rigorously-assessed course of supplemental education. Our Saturday, summer and after-school classes provide the equivalent of 2.5+ years of instruction in English and 1.5+ years of instruction in math. In college, we continue to support students through each of their four years, ensuring that they graduate. Direct ongoing counseling provides one-on-one academic, personal and career exploration support.
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We believe that education can break the cycle of poverty that has entrapped so many Americans. We believe that with rigorous out-of-school-time academic support and advising, low-income public school students can attend and excel at Americaâs top colleges and universities despite their economic circumstances. We believe that Americaâs economic future depends on ensuring that students from all walks of life get the education they need to make a substantial contribution to our society.
SEO Scholars provides all of the academic and social skills needed to get to and through America’s competitive colleges and universities. Starting in the 9th grade, students agree to make a significant commitment of time and effort in order to excel. We serve 533 high school students in New York City and San Francisco plus 271 college students at 113 different schools across 22 states. HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARS Attend urban public high schools in New York City and San Francisco Hold at least a 75% GPA in New York City and at least a 2.0 GPA in San Francisco Come from families whose median income is well below the poverty line COLLEGE SCHOLARS 100% are accepted to four-year colleges 80% are the first generation in their families to attend a four-year college or university On average, Scholars maintain a “B” average in college 95% graduate college within 6 years, versus 54% of all college students who graduate in 6 years 80% graduate college in 4 years
Supplemental Education, Academic Preparation
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