Our Programs

 
 

College Compass

College Compass engages high school students through four core services: workshops that deliver a road map of the college-admissions process, counseling for vital one-on-one admissions advice, ACT test preparation courses to maximize scoring potential, and college fairs and tours to explore campuses and identify a credible pool of potential schools. 

The powerful combination of these four core services empowers our students with the knowledge, credentials, and confidence to gain access to the college or university of their choice.

College Compass gets results. Last year, 96% of our seniors were accepted to college with an average of $61,449 in financial support.

COMPONENTS INCLUDED IN THE FOUR CORE SERVICES:

  • FAFSA workshops / financial aid & scholarship advising

  • College application workshops

  • Parent engagement

  • ACT preparation including diagnostic testing, content review, and ACT strategies

  • Advice on best-fit schools

  • Coaching for college interviews and admissions essays

  • Access to Achieve Alabama scholarship and college search platform

  • Assistance applying for targeted awards (We have helped students achieve National Merit and Gates Millennium awards)

Availability

Monday – Saturday
Morning, Afternoon or Evening

Location

123 Demo Street
Manhattan, NY 12345

 

GEAR UP

Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is a federal discretionary grant program designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. GEAR UP provides six-year grants to states and partnerships to provide services at high-poverty middle and high schools. GEAR UP grantees serve an entire cohort of students beginning no later than the seventh grade and follow the cohort through high school. GEAR UP funds are also used to provide college scholarships to low-income students.

College Admissions Made Possible has a history of involvement with GEAR UP. We currently have a partnership with The University of Alabama at Birmingham for GEAR UP Alabama and recently established a partnership with the University of Montevallo for GEAR UP Jefferson County.

To support the execution of these GEAR UP projects, CAMP provides college counseling and career advising sessions, as well as ACT test preparation. Between GEAR UP Alabama and GEAR UP Jefferson County, CAMP impacts more than 14,000 students in 55 schools across 27 school systems. 

Availability

Monday – Saturday
Morning, Afternoon or Evening

Location

123 Demo Street
Manhattan, NY 12345

 

Birmingham Summer institute

Underachievement among Birmingham’s urban students is a pressing and urgent community problem. According to the City Health Dashboard, only 14.3% of third graders in the Birmingham City School System are reading at grade level.

During the summer of 2019, BSI students averaged 9 months growth in math and 10 months growth in reading. Students advanced as if they’d been in school for a year in math and over a year in reading!

Two articles published since February 2018 spotlight the critical importance of BSI. The first, in the New York Times, demonstrates how powerfully discrimination still holds back African Americans, especially males (“Extensive Data Show Punishing Reach of Racism for Black Boys”). The second, from The Nonprofit Quarterly, shows not only that deep poverty persists 9 years after the recession but demonstrates that while there is huge expansion in the number of jobs held by college graduates- almost 12 million- jobs held by those with only a high-school diploma, or less, retracted by almost 3 million (“The World Class Poverty in America’s Booming Economy”).

A 2016 Hechinger Report article connects the dots. It highlights a causal relationship between summer learning in elementary school and matriculation to college (“Summer Learning Loss widens the achievement gap. Here’s how to change that”). This is at least partly because summer learning loss is cumulative. “By fifth grade, summer learning loss can leave low-income students up to three years behind their peers” (Whitaker, 2016). Three years! Interventions that come during high school, while important, cannot make up for the learning loss that accumulates before high school.

Mission and Vision:

BSI empowers students from underserved populations to explore their own identities and become agents of change in their schools, communities, and beyond through academic excellence, exposure to enriching activities, and social and emotional development. Our vision is to be a model learning community inspiring the love of learning, the realization of internal power, and the belief that all students can achieve greatness.

Program Design:

BSI reverses summer learning loss, returning most students to school in the fall well ahead of where they were in the spring in both reading and math. The full-day, seven-week program delivers intensive math and reading classes with a ratio of one certified teacher to no more than 15 students. Using Teaching Fellows for small group work, we reduce the ratio even more. We collaborate with The University of Alabama at Birmingham faculty and Birmingham-Southern College faculty using research-based methods. 

While academics are BSI’s primary focus, we also advance students’ character education through an innovative SEL curriculum. Coaching in social awareness, conflict resolution, and self management is infused into BSI activities. BSI also impacts student health through daily physical fitness and wellness classes. BSI broadens students’ exposure through a wealth of high-quality, high-interest, enrichment activities, and engaging field trips.

Availability

Monday – Saturday
Morning, Afternoon or Evening

Location

123 Demo Street
Manhattan, NY 12345

 

merit scholars

A college education is one of the most certain avenues into the middle class for impoverished American youth. MIT economist David Autor claims that, even in a climate of college debt, "the rising return on postsecondary education" is the single most important factor in determining financial success (MIT News, 2014).

College Admissions Made Possible (CAMP) has been serving the educational community in Alabama for almost ten years. CAMP equips students, teachers, administrators, schools, and school systems by empowering them with the tools necessary to see students reach postsecondary goals. CAMP supports this mission by offering affordable and high-quality standardized test preparation, college advising services, and professional development.

In 2014, the Executive Office of the President published Increasing College Opportunity for Low-Income Students: Promising Models and a Call to Action, which identified major barriers to college access and promising interventions. One promising intervention was reducing inequalities in college advising and test preparation. CAMP is a premier provider of such services. No other organization seeks to provide the customized intervention that CAMP seeks to offer all its partners. CAMP’s focus is not just improving test scores, but on improving overall student success.

In conjunction with a partnership between CAMP and the Rotary Club of Birmingham, eighteen high-achieving seniors from Birmingham City Schools have been selected by their counselors to participate in the Birmingham Merit Scholars project, a college access intensive program where students receive personalized intervention for ACT prep, writing, college applications, FAFSA, and scholarships. Facilitators of these services are senior CAMP ACT Teaching Fellows or CAMP employees that are passionate about building relationships with students and ensuring their entry to college. We maintain a maximum facilitator-student ratio of 1:4 so that intervention can be customized according to the unique needs of each student. 

 By the end of the program, Birmingham Merit Scholars will have:

 1) a program completion rate of at least an 80%

2) at least 90% of completing students with improved ACT scores

3) ACT score improvement of at least 3 points by at least 80% of completing students

4) 100% graduation rate

5) at least 3 college applications for at least 90% of completing students

6) college acceptance for at least 80% of completing students

Availability

Monday – Saturday
Morning, Afternoon or Evening

Location

123 Demo Street
Manhattan, NY 12345