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College Readiness

It’s never too soon for students to begin thinking of themselves as college material. Middle and junior high students should be developing the habits and skills of successful students and taking challenging courses to prepare themselves for the increasing rigor of college prep classes in high school. Articles in this section address academic rigor, early college awareness, college access programs, and social supports for the college bound.

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Creating a College-Going Culture for English Language Learners

Some English language learners may not know what to expect from the college application process. Others don’t start thinking about college until their junior or senior year. One way to ensure that students are prepared to apply for college is to create a college-going culture in your school and across your district.

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Webcast: Ready for College

Our panel of experts discusses the academic rigor and skills and the “softer” skills-like self-advocacy and teamwork-that teens need to succeed in college. Learn how parents, counselors, classroom teachers can get students thinking about and working toward college, and prepared to succeed when they arrive.