NHPS, NH Promise Encourage College Attendance Starting in Pre-K

New Haven Promise Launches
“Pathway to Promise”
New Haven Public Schools to offer one of the Nation’s First District-wide preK-12 College-Going Curriculums
(NEW HAVEN) — Today New Haven Promise announced the full launch of "Pathway to Promise," a new preK-8 college-focused curriculum.
Pathway to Promise, coupled with the expansion of College Summit in the NHPS high schools, creates a comprehensive preK-12 college-going program designed to ensure that students hear about college early and often.
"By fostering a college-going culture at an early age, Pathway to Promise seeks to motivate students and inspire them to start thinking early about college and their future careers," said New Haven Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. "This partnership is another component of the School Change initiative aimed at making college the next step in the academic lives of New Haven Public School students."
Pathway to Promise consists of goals, key milestones and curricular activities. Pathway to Promise is a feeder program to College Summit in the high schools. In both Pathway to Promise and College Summit each school and teacher has the latitude to implement the program in the way they best see fit. Both programs are based on the same five core understandings: self-advocacy, financial awareness, academic excellence, the college-to-career connection and college 101.
"I am so excited that Pathway to Promise is coming to New Haven elementary and middle schools," Superintendent of Schools Dr. Reginald Mayo said.  "With this program, kids from pre-kindergarten to 8th grade will hear regularly about college and the importance of higher education. This program plants the seed of education in young minds and families, helping cultivate a culture of college-going in New Haven. It teaches kids to aspire to achieve so they can attend college, a key goal of our School Change reforms. I want to thank New Haven Promise and College Summit for bringing this wonderful program to the New Haven Public Schools."
According to a survey completed after a pilot of Pathway to Promise last May, 89 percent of teachers surveyed say they "agree" or "highly agree" that continual conversations about college will have a positive impact on students. According to the same survey, 75 percent of teachers agreed or highly agreed that students were receptive to the college-going message.
"Early education is critical for students' later successes and through Pathway to Promise, our preK-8 teachers will play an even more important role in preparing our students to get to and succeed in college," said New Haven Federation of Teachers President David Cicarella.
At the request of Mayor John DeStefano, Jr., College Summit and New Haven Public Schools created this first-of-its-kind program. Designing a preK-8 curriculum is a new initiative for College Summit.
"College Summit is deeply appreciate of this opportunity to break new ground with New Haven in sending powerful, relevant college positive messages early on in a child's life," said J.B. Schramm, Founder and CEO of College Summit. "We believe this will be a model for schools and districts across the country looking to increase the number of students prepared for postsecondary education and career success."
College Summit is a nationally recognized nonprofit that implements college readiness programs in high schools. College Summit helps high school students connect the dots between college and career goals and the academic decisions they make each day. College Summit has been working in Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School since 2009. This year College Summit is active in Metropolitan Business Academy and James Hillhouse High School. Hill Regional Career High School, Hyde Leadership Academy and New Haven Academy will begin their planning phases this year; the program will be implemented in those schools next school year.
Over the next three years, College Summit will be phased in to all New Haven Public School high schools thanks to funding from New Haven Promise.
"Ensuring that every New Haven Public School student has the aspiration for a college education is New Haven Promise's number one goal," said New Haven Promise Executive Director Emily Byrne.  "Pathway to Promise will cultivate that college-going culture in a way that's sustainable and significant. Pathway to Promise's potential impact is limitless because it is easy to replicate, and we hope that school districts nationwide will consider using this tool."
Pathway to Promise and College Summit are part of New Haven Promise: Partnership, the support program designed to create a college-going culture in New Haven Public Schools and in the community. New Haven Promise: Partnership is funded by Yale-New Haven Hospital and Wells Fargo.
New Haven Promise: Scholarship is funded by Yale University. New Haven Promise is a scholarship and support system administered and funded by the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven.
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