College Readiness

One important component of our commitment to see students “to and through college” is our focus on college readiness. We strive to help equip students to succeed in college. In addition to the support and guidance from our staff, some of our key programs available to students are:

Phoenix Rising – Through this initiative, NLCP sophomores with a 2.5 or higher GPA have access to college-level courses and leadership workshops at colleges and universities across the nation. These one to two week summer programs offer an immersive college experience and also provides critical exposure for students who may have never traveled outside of their own neighborhood or city, and who have very limited experience with people from backgrounds that are significantly different than their own. The Phoenix Rising program provides the financial resources for application and enrollment fees, as well as transportation.

Dual credit / Dual enrollment – Through a partnership with the City Colleges of Chicago, NLCP students can take courses through the seven City Colleges of Chicago, with the opportunity to receive college credit before they graduate, as well as earning credit toward their high school graduation. Added benefits include early exposure to the college experience, strengthening college applications by demonstrating readiness for college, and potentially reducing time and money spent in college.

Senior Project A cornerstone of an NLCP scholar’s 12th grade year is Senior Project, a comprehensive academic experience and graduation requirement where students complete a research project, write the accompanying essay, and then present it to a panel. In addition to learning valuable research skills, this project challenges students to think critically and write persuasively, important skills they’ll need in college. Some student presentations are deemed “exemplary,” and those students are invited to present in the spring at the Phoenix Colloquium, where they have the opportunity to compete for college scholarships.

College Seminar – This program is designed for seniors to help prepare them to make informed decisions ahead of and throughout college. It covers specifics of financial aid applications, aid types, financial literacy, and more general decision-making skills.

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