SAISD college tours highlight spring break for top juniors

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SAISD college tours highlight spring break for top juniors

March 8, 2018 ― While some students head to the beach for spring break, students in San Antonio ISD will be visiting colleges and universities as part of the District’s “Pipeline for College Success” program. Planes depart on Saturday, March 10 and Monday, March 12, taking students to the West Coast and Washington, D.C., areas.

Approximately 80 high-achieving juniors, many who are the first in their families to attain college degrees, will visit top-tier institutions that have been successful in retention and graduation rates for first-generation college students. All colleges and universities to be visited meet admitted students’ demonstrated need up to 100 percent.

One group of students will visit institutions in the Mid-Atlantic region, including Duke, Georgetown and John Hopkins universities. A second group will visit colleges along the West Coast, including the Claremont Colleges, Occidental College and the University of Southern California.

“Spring break is a prime time for visiting colleges and checking out which pique your interest,” said Dr. Linda Vargas-Lew, director of SAISD’s College and Career Readiness program. “Between taking standardized tests and keeping up with grades, visiting colleges is critical before making a decision to apply and enroll.”

Additionally, a third group of about 40 students will be taking college tours in June to visit schools in New York and New England, while other students will go on in-state trips – for a goal of getting 250 students on college tours this year.

“We are fortunate to provide this unique experience to our students, so they can see firsthand and assess whether college is a possible environment for a successful four-year academic and social experience,” said Vargas-Lew.

Each student who applied for the college trips prepared for the experience by attending several information sessions with their parents or guardians.

Family, friends and community members may follow their college tours on social media: @SAISDCCR on Twitter and @SAISD_CCR on Instagram.

The trips were made possible by a grant from the Valero Energy Foundation, with support from the SAISD Foundation.