Thanks to your support of our summer programs, the District of Columbia Public Schools and RISE have begun discussions to provide summer enrichment programs for every high school in Wards 5, 7, and 8. After six years of working in the neighborhood schools, this would be the first time DCPS and RISE will partner on a program. You can feel good that your early support of our summer programming has resulted in this partnership.
As previously noted in our blog, innercityvisions.blogspot.com , Ward 7 and 8's graduating classes of 2018, current high school juniors, are the first group since 2007 not to benefit from the DC College Success Foundation's Achievers program, which provided an average of $10,000 in annual scholarships per student for, all told, approximately 3,000 students.
RISE started the College Prep program in 2013 for members of the class of 2014. The original impetus for the program was our belief that our students were not making the most educated college choices. We have provided them with mentors and college visits to help them make informed choices, and we have also offered SAT prep, which may become less necessary now that the SAT is a more straightforward test.
It’s not a newsflash that college costs have spiraled out of control. Many colleges expect students or parents to borrow huge amounts of money to finance their education. For RISE’s low-income students, funding for college has been manageable recently but may reach a crisis state before long.
“My involvement with RISE-DC’s Saturday Academy affords me the opportunity to work directly with two of my passions: inner city student achievement and mathematics. The atmosphere at the Saturday Academy fosters concept acquisition and retention through one-on-one interaction and computer-based software application. I enjoy exploring alternate problem-solving strategies with students and witnessing the many ‘A ha!’ moments that occur when a once-difficult concept is understood.”
“I enjoy working with RISE-DC because it allows me to partially level the field for some intelligent, decent young people who’ve started life with some unfair disadvantages.”
“When I first came to Chavez, math was one of my top struggles. I wasn’t quite sure if I’d ever make it to the next grade level when it came to math. However, RISE-DC tutors helped me to understand math on a broader level, and I will be graduating in June and attending my dream college.”