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From Ambition to Tradition

Amarillo ISD, Amarillo, Texas
Amarillo ISD
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A high school counselor in the Amarillo ISD, of which 70 percent of the student population cannot afford to attend college, set a goal for every student in Caprock High School’s senior class to apply to at least one college before graduating.

During the 2014-15 school year, school staff at Caprock High ensured students received the message, “After Caprock Comes College.” English language arts teachers assigned college essays, and students learned how to apply to college at the school’s college and career center.

With more than 400 seniors applying over a series of months, the counseling staff had systems in place to ensure they were notified each time a student applied. In some cases, counselors visited the homes of students who were homebound or unable to complete an application.

Now, once students are accepted into college, educators assist them with their FAFSA and scholarship applications.

To start your own program:

  • Be organized and keep records of student applications.
  • Make house visits if or when necessary.
  • Make sure all students apply.
  • Have teachers incorporate aspects of the college admissions process, such as writing essays, into classwork.