CORE AREAS OF IMPACT – COMMUNITY ENRICHMENT
This area of focus provides learning experiences that help students make positive life choices and develop a community of inclusion. Grants are used to bring in nationally recognized programs and motivational speakers
“Who Gets In and Why: a Year Inside College Admissions ” With Jeff Selingo
Getting your student into a top-ranked college has never seemed more impossible, with acceptance rates at some elite universities dipping into the single digits. Highland High School, in partnership with The Highland Foundation, welcomed New York Times bestselling author Jeff Selingo in February 2022 for a free parent session offering insights into the college admissions process from his latest book, “Who Gets In & Why: A Year Inside College Admissions.” Also during his visit, Selingo spoke to HHS counselors, then to sophomores and juniors on how to honestly assess their strengths and match with the schools that will best serve their interests. He addressed questions regarding the importance of a student’s GPA, advanced classes, involvement in extracurricular activities and SAT/ACT scores.
College Now Cleveland
The Foundation has funded this initiative for the past nine years. College Now increases college attainment through college access and success advising, financial aid counseling and scholarship services. Appointments are held at the high school for parents and students. In 2021-22, College Now served 335 students through 55 individual sessions (62% of which included one or more parents) and 8 group presentations. Most students were served in groups, with 60% of freshmen and 40% of seniors participating in classroom workshops on career exploration and financial aid, respectively. A virtual scholarships presentation was also offered, which was attended by 40 families of senior students.