SCUSD Awarded Gates Foundation Grant
SCUSD was recently awarded a $75,000 grant from the Gates Foundation’s Advising Challenge program. The Advising Challenge will allow the district to pilot efforts to support our Equity, Access and Social Justice Guiding Principle which states that “all students are given an equal opportunity to graduate with the greatest number of postsecondary choices from the widest array of options.” Funding will provide dedicated staff time to guide our highest need students from high school graduation through college enrollment. Staff will advise students to apply to and enroll at institutions that support their success; to support them to successfully navigate financial aid and affordability issues; and to help them avoid “summer melt.” Low-income African American and Hispanic students who have been accepted at a University of California (UC) or California State University (CSU) school will be the focus of this funding. Up to 1,000 seniors will be served from all of our high schools.
According to the Gates Foundation, the Advising Challenge will support up to 20 school systems across the United States to enact the conditions and develop capabilities needed to adopt a “to and through” approach to advising for high school students.