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SAISD ‘Students on the Rise’ event to highlight college opportunities beyond San Antonio

Media Advisory

What:         SAISD ‘Students on the Rise’ event to highlight college opportunities beyond San Antonio by connecting District’s top students with prominent institutions and alumni who attended them

When:       Tuesday (April 5), 6-8 p.m.

Where:      Fox Tech High School, 637 N. Main Ave. (cafeteria)

SAISD’s highest-performing sophomores and juniors and their families – some 1,000 participants – are expected to attend this open-house event to hear first-hand about the challenges that District alumni and other college graduates overcame to attend some of the nation’s top colleges, as well as the benefits of going away to college.

Superintendent Pedro Martinez will provide brief opening comments at 6 p.m., followed by students and parents breaking into small-group sessions to hear from college and university representatives and alumni. Thirty institutions that have a track record of covering students’ full college costs will be represented, among them are Brown, Columbia, Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, Middlebury, Notre Dame, University of Pennsylvania, Rice, Stanford, Tufts, Wellesley and Yale.

Participants will have the opportunity to ask specific questions related to admissions, financial aid, housing, tuition and more.

The event is part of SAISD’s new Students on the Rise initiative, which aims to expose the District’s top 10th- and 11th-graders to the many opportunities that exist at colleges and universities outside of San Antonio – and, more specifically, at institutions that will fully cover the cost of their college education. Top students identified by their grade-point average and high PSAT scores and their families were invited to attend Tuesday’s event.

The effort stems from Superintendent Pedro Martinez’s goal to increase the percentage of students who attend top colleges and universities in the country, or Tier 1 schools – one of 10 academic goals to be achieved by 2020.

SAISD is collaborating with a number of groups on this project, including state Sen. José Menéndez, the Intercultural Development Research Association (IDRA), Ivy Plus San Antonio, Teach For America and City Year, as well as current and retired educators and community members.