Tag Archive: first-generation


Continuing the Debate on Early College High Schools.

This is a fantastic article on the importance of early college high schools.  TCS is an early college high school and we pride ourselves on the opportunities that being a ECHS provides for our students and families.  Certainly there are things that we do well and room for improvement.  This article contains a few ideas that I had never considered (e.g., summer school as a support mechanism, branching into middle schools to support student learning and growth, etc.).  I guess I should clarify, these ideas I have considered, just not all of the data behind them and the potential impact that they might have.  At any rate, if you are unfamiliar with ECHS, this article is a pretty good place to start your thinking and learning.

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Beating the Odds: First-Generation College Students Prepare for Freshman Year – Education – GOOD.

First generation college-going students have a very difficult time due to the lack of modeling and support.  Families can be an endless source of energy and information for college students, but if they do not understand the system in place at colleges or they do not value education as highly as the child, they will not be able to guide the student to make the best educational decisions for themselves.  As much as we want college to be open and available to all, this is a huge hurdle for students to go through and many don’t make it.

First Graduate provides mentors which will help students by establishing strong mentor relationships for these students.  Our school begins students in college courses while they are still high school students.  Both approaches will help increase the child’s odds of completing their sought after degree.  One thing is clear, however, doing nothing sets these children up for failure, educational and personal disillusionment, and will not end cycles of poverty and ignorance.