New school ‘culture’ takes root with college summit curriculum

Cheers arose for a new effort to get high school seniors into college—cheers, though as of yet no hard data to prove it’s working, the New Haven Independent reports. Those cheers arose from officials last week at an event honoring high school seniors who spent a year counseling classmates to get to college. They did claim success in changing school “culture.” They said they were not ready to release data demonstrating whether they’ve succeeded in getting kids into more, and better, colleges. College Summit, a private outfit hired by the school district, convened the awards luncheon last Thursday for 68 seniors who have served as “peer leaders” for their classmates under the program. College Summit runs similar programs in 42 districts nationwide. As part of the College Summit curriculum, rising seniors at three city high schools enlisted in college-going “boot camp” last summer. Then they returned to their schools to help fellow students apply for college. The program launched as a pilot at Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School in 2010; it expanded last year to include Metropolitan Business Academy and James Hillhouse High School…

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