Less than 10% of low-income students have earned a bachelor’s degree by their mid-twenties. Students from the highest income quartile graduate at eight times the rate of low-income students. KIPP Delta aspires for our students to earn four-year degrees at the same rate as students from the nation’s highest-income families, in order to give them the same opportunities to support their families and have self-sufficiency.
What is “College Readiness”?
We use several metrics to determine college readiness. We begin by ensuring that all of our students are enrolled in the Smart Core Curriculum so that they are eligible for the Academic Challenge Scholarship when they graduate. We also use assessments such as MAP, PSAT and monthly interim tests. These monthly interim tests are analyzed to identify gaps in student learning; then action is taken to ensure students get the additional support the need to make the best scores they can make in the ACT. Our students are encouraged to take Advanced Placement courses and all students are required to participate in a college preparatory summer program. College readiness is not a fixed destination but something that students work on throughout their college tenure. We continue our support for students beyond graduation by: providing mentors for all college students; making available limited funds to help overcome financial barriers; visiting students on their college campuses; and training students in self-advocacy.