CSF-DC Scholars Program

CSF-DC is here to stay!

As we have transitioned away from the secondary schools’ portion of the BMGF grant, we have reviewed the success of the program over the past 11 years and determine how we can continue to improve the outcomes for the students we continue to serve in Wards 7 & 8.

Under the Gates grant, we were focused on noncognitive skills development. Enhancements to our program include a heavy focus on cognitive skills development through academic preparedness for grades 7 through 12. As we have moved away from having a scholarship to award to our students, we are now focused on preparing them to be better consumers of the various scholarships that are available to them. We have found that there is scholarship money being left on the table each year. We want our students to know how to find that money, and to be academically prepared to compete for the various scholarships available.

We have developed a guided pathway of integrated academic and developmental services and supports to assist students to complete high school, graduate college and enter into careers. Components of the pathway include:

The Academic Year Program provides 500 select middle and high school students with individualized/differentiated support through a case management system to ensure grade- level progression to high school graduation and immediate transition into college. The program includes academic advisement, counseling and college-readiness support leading to post-secondary study and success in life. Students are provided a resident College Preparatory Advisor (CPA) who monitors their academic performance, school and program attendance and participation in the “life of the school.” “Life of the School” advisement encourages student participation in special school-level clubs and organizations, athletics, music/band, honors clubs and societies, and community service. CPAs schedule monthly one-on-one meetings with students to monitor grades and attendance, provide referrals for academic and developmental support, and develop individual academic success plans to ensure that each studerit is adequately prepared to make the transition from high school to college. CPAs also schedule monthly workshops to address “Habits of Mind” and social/emotional development issues. In addition to the case management and advisement processes, students are provided with college admission, financial aid and scholarship identification support and assistance, and are offered opportunities to participate in college tours and career readiness activities (job shadowing opportunities, cultural activities and career workshops).

The CSF-DC Saturday Academy Program is designed as an Expanded Learning Opportunity (ELO) for 300 students in Grades 7 through 12 to ensure satisfactory academic performance in school by providing weekend enrichment and homework help in English, Math and STEM (Coding and Microsoft), and ensure college-readiness by providing SAT Test Preparation instruction and mock-testing. Research indicates that regular participation in quality expanded learning opportunities (ELOs), activities that take place in the after-school setting or on weekends, can help keep older youth on a positive academic trajectory, and support their successful graduation and transition into college and/or career (Harris, Deschenes, & Wallace, 2011). This is particularly important for students at risk of falling behind academically and those attending low-performing schools. Additionally, the research is clear that expanded learning opportunities keep students focused on academics and not on the distractions that can be present in an urban or big city environment. The Saturday Academy operates for 20 Saturdays during the academic school year and students are engaged in learning options from 8:30 AM until 3:00 PM. Students are mandated to participate if their course-level grades in English and mathematics fall below a 2.0 GPA.

The Summer Academic Enrichment Program (SAEP) is a six-week expanded learning opportunity designed to address “summer melt” (learning loss) and college readiness by keeping young people actively engaged in project-based learning. SAEP include instruction in English, Mathematics, Coding, Microsoft Certification, SAT Test Prep and the Arts. The program operates Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM, with Fridays reserved for college tours, field trips and cultural activities. The program utilizes part-time high school and college faculty and ‘near peer coaches” (college students) to provide instruction and support for approximately 300 students annually. SAEP culminates with a “Gallery Walk,” an opportunity for students to present their capstone projects and showcase student work, thinking and project designs.

The Parent University, CSF-DC’s community outreach initiative, assists parents, guardians and other members of our students’ youth development circle to understand the benefits of participation and citizenship in CSF-DC programming, while simultaneously helping families eliminate housing, adult education, health care, workforce readiness and other social services issues and needs. The CSF-DC Parent University specifically targets the needs of caregivers and is anchored within the families in our existing schools. Unlike many other parent outreach programs, CSF-DC’s Parent University is an opportunity for parents, guardians and others to participate in their child’s educational journey and meet their own social, emotional, economic and environmental support needs at the same time. Parent University programming takes place monthly throughout the academic year at the CSF-DC headquarters and in parent-friendly locations (schools, community centers and HUD communities) that are metro accessible and conveniently located near our parents’ homes or school communities. Parent University programming takes place on the weekends on Saturdays (generally 3:00 PM to 5:00PM) during hours that comport with time off from work. The program format includes a plenary session followed by break-out learning or work sessions. The breakout sessions are facilitated by community and social services agencies and partners, and are designed to be “one-stop” support vehicles where parents and others will be able to solicit services and information to meet their unique needs and concerns. Community partners in this enterprise will include: adult education providers, housing and social service providers, health and wellness groups, workforce and employment agencies, child and family services providers, and college and career experts.

CSF-DC Assistant Program Officers (APOs) provide college students with remote differentiated matriculation and advisement support via a case management system, support on-site/on- campus academic and campus engagement monitoring visits, assess Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) monitoring, and provide career planning assistance. APOs also support Transcript/Document Check-in Meetings, Winter Consultation Seminars, Internship and Pre-Professional Planning Meetings, Summer Matriculation Clearance and Progression Check-in Meetings, and assist students to develop 3-year career plans. These career plans are monitored for 24 months following college graduation to ensure students have successfully transitioned/entered the workforce or graduate/professional school.

 

 

School and College Programs: Service Delivery Components


School Programs

Grades:

7 through 12

Enrollment:

100 Students per Grade, with programming to begin with SAEP (up to 500 students)

Schools:

Middle — Hart, Kramer, Kelly Miller and Sousa

 

College Programs

Levels:

Freshman Year to Post Baccalaureate

Enrollment:

100 Students per Level, (not to exceed 600 college students total) 

Schools:

120 Colleges and Universities across the country


Pathway Supports

School Programs Pathway Support by Grade:


Grade 7 — Recruitment, Candidate Identification, Interviews, Orientation, Testing and Enrollment into SAEP.

Grade 8 through 11 — Case Management and Advisement every 4 weeks, Monthly Group Meetings, College and Career Seminars offered quarterly, Mandatory Participation in NMQT Testing, One College and Career Field Trip per Semester, Career Investigation (Career Interest Inventories), and Expanded Learning Options to include Participation in Saturday Academy, SAT Test Preparation, and Special Programming. Career Interest Inventories required/mandated at Grades 10 and 11.

Grade 12 — Case Management and Advisement every 4 weeks, Monthly Group Meetings, College and Career Seminars offered quarterly, Mandatory Participation in SAT Testing, One College and Career Field Trip per Semester, and Expanded Learning Options to include Participation in Saturday Academy, SAT Test Preparation, College Readiness and Transition Seminars, Application Support to apply for Admission to at least 3 colleges/universities, Financial Aid and Scholarship Investigation Workshops (College Application and Financial Aid Review), Final Career Interest Inventory and Major Selection/Course of Study, Match and Fit Consultation and Special Programming. Summer Transition Meetings with CPA and APO staffs are required.

College Programs Pathway Support by Undergraduate Level

Levels:

Freshman Year to Post Baccalaureate

Enrollment:

100 Students per Level, (not to exceed 600 college students total) 

Schools:

120 Colleges and Universities across the country

 

College Programs Pathway Support by Level:


Senior Year of High School — Transition Assistance, Support and Clearance Meetings

Freshman Year through Junior/Senior Summer — Case Management and Remote Differentiated Advisement and Support, Progress and Academic Tracking/Monitoring, Student Schedule and Transcript/Document Check-in Meetings, Winter Consultation Seminars and Meetings, SAP Reviews, Internship and Pre-Professional Planning Meetings, and Summer Matriculation Clearance and Check-in Meetings.

Senior Year — Final Tier-Two Career Interest Inventory and Advisement, Three-Year Career Plan, Exit Interviews, Graduation Celebration, and Enrollment into the CSF-DC Alumni Association.

Notes: Given these School and College Programs Services Menus, it is important that each section of the CSF-DC School to Career Pathway is adjusted and aligned by time to realize appropriate service delivery outputs and achieve expected student outcomes. To this end, these individual services and tasks must be framed within the timelines established for the public and public charter schools in the District of Columbia and the relevant quarter/semester timelines of our partner colleges and universities. It should be anticipated, that these timelines will vary from year to year as district and university calendars and planning decisions are made.

 

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