January 29, 2020
Rose Martin, RSM – Executive Director, Hope Partnership for Education
High School. Just like a reference to college, high school is one that elicits angst, excitement, fear, frenzy, motivation, and a surplus of other emotions and preparation for the 8th graders.
Taylor, an 8th grader at Hope Partnership, knows the importance of not only keeping up with her classwork, but also the responsibility and significant amount of effort required to apply to high school. “Applying to high schools makes me nervous and excited at the same time. I think I am lucky because the Graduate Support Program (GSP) at Hope has helped me through the high school application process. I am thankful to have it!”
To help students with the application process, Hope takes its students to the Philadelphia High School Fair in Center City. “At the fair, we met with high school admissions counselors and learned about their schools’ admissions requirements, extracurricular activities, and academics. The High School Fair was an amazing way for me to decide what high schools I wanted to apply to,” stated Taylor.
After determining their high school preferences, 8th graders begin the rigorous application process. To help students and their families with navigating this lengthy, and at times overwhelming process, GSP is available every step of the way — entrance exam prep courses, mock interviews, and essay writing workshops. GSP does it all! As a result, the stress of applying to high school is considerably lower for the students and parents.
As of early January, Taylor has been accepted to Cristo Rey and The Revolution School. This is quite the accomplishment. Way to go, Taylor!