Monday, October 29, 2007

Opportunities for you: A Better Chance

A Better Chance is the preeminent resource for identifying, recruiting and developing leaders among young people of color in the United States.

Through a unique assessment model, A Better Chance refers academically talented students entering grades 6 through 11 to some of the nation's finest independent and public schools to be considered for placement and financial aid. Students who are successfully placed in one of our 300+ member schools become a part of the signature College Preparatory Schools Program, and receive access to expanded educational and leadership opportunities.

The College Preparatory Schools Program (CPSP) is an academic program that identifies, recruits, places, and supports students of color, in outstanding college preparatory middle and high schools nationally.

At A Better, Chance we recognize that students come from different backgrounds and educational opportunities so each application is evaluated on its own merit. Generally, we select students who:

1) Consistently perform at or above grade level in math and English

2) Have an overall academic average of a B+ or better

3) Are ranked in the top 10 percent of the class

Students are required to take standardized tests. There are no score cut-offs but test scores are used to assess academic strength along with school transcripts, extracurricular activities and personal qualities. Selected applications are sent to our member schools, but it is the admission committees of each member school that make the final admission decisions.

Prospective applicants should get started early; late applications are not encouraged as it severly limits opportunities for placements. Further, our application process begins one year prior to enrolling. For example, if a student is currently in the 8th grade, s/he would be applying for the 9th grade.

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