New Haven Public Schools Teams Up With New Haven Promise to Kickoff this Year’s American College Application Campaign


October 14, 2016

Mercy A. Quaye
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NEW HAVEN, CT (October 14, 2016) -- New Haven Public Schools is set to kick off this year’s American College Application Campaign,  national effort to increase the number of first-generation and low-income students pursuing a college degree or other higher education credential.  The goal of the campaign is to help high school seniors navigate the complex college admissions process and ensure they apply to at least one post-secondary institution. The effort occurs during the school day, with a focus on students who might not otherwise apply to college.  
The campaign kicks off on October 19th and will continue through December 15th with a series of events and workshop held at throughout New Haven high schools
The District has teamed up with New Haven Promise to promote the campaign and ensure that seniors are aware of their SSP goals for this school year. During the campaign, schools will host a number of workshops that will allow seniors the workspace to complete work on the various pieces of their college application process and motivate all students to work towards their desired post-secondary goals whether it's college admittance or beginning their careers
As a partner with the Connecticut State Department of Education’s Campaign, this year New Haven has selected all of the high schools that will align existing structures within their schools and the district to increase the number of first-generation and low-income New Haven students submitting college applications. 
In 2015, the New Haven Public Schools College Application Campaign served approximately thousands of students in 8 high schools. Approximately 2,600 college applications were submitted as a result. This year, all 9 New Haven High schools are participating with the hopes of increasing the number of applications submitted. 
The progress of the campaign will be tracked via 'Naviance', a comprehensive college and career readiness tool, used by New Haven public middle and high schools, that helps connect academic achievement to post-secondary goals.
“Last year, our students submitted just under 3,000 college applications and I am certain that number will increase this year,” said Dr. Chaka Felder-McEntire, District Lead School Counselor “Our school counseling departments have all been dedicated to this effort and have planned comprehensive events for all of our students to assist them with their search of post-secondary college and career opportunities.” 
On Wednesday, October 19, 2016, New Haven seniors will be participating in a series of awareness events and college application workshops with topics such as college essay writing, mock college interviews, and discussions with recent high school grads who now attend college.
The kickoff event on Wednesday will allow senior students the time to work and hopefully complete a number of aspects of their college application. Students will receive information geared towards their post-secondary interests and college application needs. 
American College Application Campaign Kickoff Assembly Event
Hillhouse High School 
480 Sherman Pkwy
New Haven, CT 06511
October 19, 2016
8:30 AM