The Willsboro Central School CFES Club with the 2012-13 banner in recognition of being named a CFES School of Distinction. College for Every Student is based out of Essex.
College For Every Student (www.collegefes.org), a national nonprofit that helps underserved students prepare for, gain access to, and succeed in college, is honoring 25 schools in 11 states as “Schools of Distinction” for their efforts in creating high levels of college readiness and for raising aspirations among their students.
The CFES “School of Distinction” award recognizes schools that have exemplary programs incorporating the three CFES core practices: Leadership through Service, Mentoring, and Pathways to College. These schools provide intensive exposure to the three practices for targeted students, known as CFES Scholars, and also create a college-going culture that promotes college readiness and success for their entire student body.
The 2012-2013 “Schools of Distinction” are: Audubon Technology & Communication Center, Milwaukee, WI; Bayard Middle School, Wilmington, DE; Collegiate Institute For Math & Science, Bronx, NY; Cloonan Middle School, Stamford, CT; Crown Point Central School; Delta Middle School, Delta, CO; Diehl Elementary School, Erie, PA; Dole Middle School, Honolulu, HI; Frederick Douglass Elementary School, Cincinnati, OH; H.W. Longfellow School, Milwaukee, WI; Jackson County Middle School, McKee, KY; King Elementary School, Kansas City, MO; Knox County Middle School, Barborville, KY; Lincoln Center of the Arts, Milwaukee, WI; Lynn Camp Middle/High School, Corbin, KY; Morse Marshall Middle School, Milwaukee, WI; Northwest Secondary School, Milwaukee, WI; Page Elementary School Center, Pineville, KY; Plattsburgh High School; Port St. Joe Elementary School, Port St. Joe, FL; Schenevus Central School; Ticonderoga Middle School; Willsboro Central School; Wilson Middle School, Erie, PA; Yellow Creek School Center, Middlesboro, KY.
Attaining “School of Distinction” status is a yearlong endeavor that recognizes successful school journeys to build college readiness school wide.
“We had 25 schools that raised the bar this year and developed innovative and inspirational programs for their students to become college ready,” said Steve Boyce, who leads the program.
Schools are assessed through their end-of-year portfolios and final reports. Through photos, statistics, writing samples, and written initiatives, schools document their leadership through service activities, mentoring programs, campus visits and college knowledge attained by their students. They also demonstrate student gains in attendance, academic achievement, and citizenship.
“These schools are the best of the best and I congratulate them for their great work in giving their students opportunities that are putting them on the path to college,” said CFES President and CEO Rick Dalton.
Examples of activities developed by award-winning schools includes the Community Mentor Program at Willsboro Central School.
Every 11th and 12th grade student at Willsboro Central School has a community leader as a mentor who helps guide them through the college process. The mentor/mentee pairs work together for two years, visiting colleges and building college and financial aid knowledge. The entire class of 2013 at Willsboro Central School was accepted to college.