OUR APPROACH

 

DISTRICT PARTNERSHIP MODEL

EMERGE partners with traditional public school districts to identify high-performing students from low-income communities to join the program. We work together to eliminate barriers and build systems to ensure more students have the information, tools, and support to apply to the nation’s top colleges and universities. 

 

STUDENT PROFILE ELEVATION

Our goal is for every EMERGE senior to be one of the most competitive college applicants in the country. To do this, we reduce the student to college counselor ratio from 500:1 to 60:1 and focus on elevating the student profile. Between 10th and 12th grade, our team provides course and extracurricular advising, bi-weekly after school sessions, SAT preparation, and support to enroll in a high impact summer opportunity.

SELECTIVE COLLEGE EXPOSURE

Every summer, sophomores and juniors in the EMERGE program participate in a week-long trip touring colleges in one of six regions across the country. In 2019, we visited the following regions: Boston, Connecticut/New York City, Washington D.C./Maryland/Virginia, Pennsylvania, Chicago/Midwest, and Southern California.

  

COLLEGE PERSISTENCE AND PARTNERSHIPS

EMERGE launched an innovative “to-through and thrive’’ model by setting a vision to build more than 100 access and equity partnerships with colleges and universities across the country. Our partnerships aim to influence the systems of support on campus to enhance the student experience and ensure that our students continue to persist through college and graduate on time with minimal debt.