Program Components

High School Placement

KIPP Minnesota provides high school placement services to our eighth grade students to ensure that all of our students attend college-preparatory high schools. Each KIPP eighth grader applies to at least three high school options. The KIPP Through College staff coordinates and advises students throughout the high school placement process, from initial wish list to matriculation. Finally, eighth grade students and their families learn about how KIPP Through College will support them during high school and to and through college.

High School Persistence

All alumni who complete eighth grade at KIPP receive free individualized guidance from his/her KIPP Through College alumni advisor. Our college-focused advising begins in ninth grade. Freshman and sophomore years are focused on adjusting to high school and getting off to a great start with a strong GPA.

COLLEGE Match

KIPP Through College guides high school juniors and seniors to match to their future college, through building wish lists, completing college applications, and securing financial aid.

COLLEGE PERSISTENCE ADVISING

Throughout college, students are matched with a KIPP Through College advisor who tracks their progress in college and provides support as needed.


Choosing a College

At KIPP, we focus on College Match. The Four Keys below provide KIPPsters a framework to use during the college decision-making process to identify their best ‘match’ college. Students who “match” well are more likely to graduate within 4-6 years. Ideally, students think about these four keys long before they actually start to apply to college:


KNOW YOUR NUMBERS KIPPsters’ academic profiles, including their GPA, ACT, and SAT, affect which school they can attend. School leaders, teachers, and college counseling teams make sure students not only know their numbers, but also know how to implement key strategies to improve their academic trajectories during high school.

KNOW YOUR NUMBERS

KIPPsters’ academic profiles, including their GPA, ACT, and SAT, affect which school they can attend. School leaders, teachers, and college counseling teams make sure students not only know their numbers, but also know how to implement key strategies to improve their academic trajectories during high school.

GET AN EARLY START It takes a lot of work, a lot of planning, and a lot of time to apply to college. We advise our students to get an early start and to apply ahead of admission deadlines. This gives them access to the largest pool of financial aid and, in some cases, increases odds for acceptance through Early Decision or Early Action options.

GET AN EARLY START

It takes a lot of work, a lot of planning, and a lot of time to apply to college. We advise our students to get an early start and to apply ahead of admission deadlines. This gives them access to the largest pool of financial aid and, in some cases, increases odds for acceptance through Early Decision or Early Action options.

BUILD A SMART WISH LIST Students build Smart Wish Lists that include at least nine possible schools – three likely, three target, and three reach schools based on the likelihood of admission, historic graduation rates, financial aid packages and fit (i.e geography, major, cultural factors, etc). With multiple options, students are more likely to find the match where they are most likely to persist through college graduation.

BUILD A SMART WISH LIST

Students build Smart Wish Lists that include at least nine possible schools – three likely, three target, and three reach schools based on the likelihood of admission, historic graduation rates, financial aid packages and fit (i.e geography, major, cultural factors, etc). With multiple options, students are more likely to find the match where they are most likely to persist through college graduation.

PREPARE FOR THE COST A college degree opens the door for more job opportunities and higher paying careers. School leaders, teachers, and college counselors work alongside students and families to understand their options, to help them increase eligibility for aid, and to avoid excess debt.

PREPARE FOR THE COST

A college degree opens the door for more job opportunities and higher paying careers. School leaders, teachers, and college counselors work alongside students and families to understand their options, to help them increase eligibility for aid, and to avoid excess debt.


Our KIPP Through College Team:

Alex Plattner
KIPP Through College Director
High School and College Student Advising
(612) 412-5594 | aplattner@kippminnesota.org

Maya Zeigler
KIPP Through College Adviser
Ujima Scholars Program Manager
mzeigler@kippminnesota.org

Eden Teller
KIPP Through College VISTA
Communications Coordinator
eteller@kippminnesota.org


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