Double the students in SLPS’ Early College Academy (a partnership with St. Louis Community College), more high schools offering college-level classes and ACT prep, more career exposure–the SLPS Office of College and Career Readiness doesn’t stop. “We keep striving to make sure all of our students have the preparation and adult guidance they need to create their own path forward,” explains Dr. Beth Bender, Associate Superintendent of College and Career Readiness (pictured above with her department, including college specialists and/or Mizzou and Washington University College Advisors for EVERY high school). Thanks to ongoing funding from Enterprise Holdings and Monsanto, new or (strengthened) efforts this year include:
- Five high schools (Northwest, Vashon, Sumner, Roosevelt and Carnahan) are offering college-level English classes. Through a partnership with University of Missouri-St. Louis, students will take English classes led (online) by an UMSL professor and gain both exposure to college-level courses and college credit.
- Ten high schools now offer ACT prep classes with Princeton Review-trained instructors and materials.
- All high school freshmen will be visiting at least one college campus this fall.
- All 7th graders will get a jumpstart on career exploration by visiting an STL company this year.