College Readiness Academic Mentoring

Inspire a child to attend college and help them succeed once they get there.

The process of successfully applying to and matriculating at college does not begin in the fall of a student’s senior year of high school.

Students and families must begin learning about its various bits and pieces, including the opportunities it provides, the application and recruitment process, and financial aid, as early on as possible, ideally before the child is even born!

College Readiness Academic Mentoring, or CRAM for short, strives to provide the required information for young students and parents to prepare them for the college journey.

What is “college readiness”?

It is the set of skills, knowledge, and behaviors a high school student should have upon graduating high school, and ahead of their freshman year of college.

Traditionally, it has been determined by a student’s coursework, class rank and GPA, and standardized test scores.

The key skills are essay writing, scientific methods and mathematical formulas, critical thinking, problem solving, time management, and communication, while knowledge involves the Common Core subjects: math, language arts, science, and foreign language.

Finally, behaviors are habits that are mature, self-motivating, efficient, and effective. This is a program for students of all backgrounds, with the goal of reaching higher education in mind.

Most of the students aided through this program are first-generation college students, and many come from disadvantaged backgrounds, particularly financially disadvantaged circumstances.

We partner with San Jose State University, the Evergreen/San Jose Community College District, the San Jose Public Library System, and other community allies such as local middle and high schools to provide this program.

Professional counselors and BATA staff educate families through interactive workshops on what they need to be successful:

  • Short-term and long-term goal setting
  • Different careers available
  • What colleges are looking for
  • How to find the right college
  • How to afford college
  • Many other essential topics.

Students are educated on college applications, AND on the college experience.

Students also participate in various projects like:

  • Creating timelines to chart their journey to college
  • Plotting their prospective class schedules from the information they learned
  • Other projects so that when the time comes, they know exactly how to achieve their goals.

Inspire and provide confidence to a student to attend and succeed at college.

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