The74obody tracks their alumni into and through college like KIPP.
And that was strikingly clear the day I spent at KIPP NYC College Prep, a school that’s about half Hispanic, half black — and nearly all low-income.
Each student has a file loaded with every KIPP academic record since eighth grade: Grades for every semester, scores for every SAT taken, every college transcript (which students turn over in exchange for a book stipend), every tiny detail about financial aid — and every deadline for pretty much anything that needs an update.
Every conversation with a student gets written up as a “contact note,” and is passed to a KTC supervisor for further scrutinizing the very same day.
Admissions is fairly competitive as the SUNY Plattsburgh acceptance rate is 53%.
Popular majors include Business, Nursing, and Psychology. They also have gluten free, allergy awareness, halal options.
Just a day at the school in New York City’s South Bronx explains how KIPP has made such rapid gains in its college success rate: In a college prep class for juniors, KIPP alumni from two different colleges came to tell the highs and lows of college life.
A college prep session for seniors had several KIPP Through College counselors conducting role-playing sessions designed to guide the soon-to-be college students around danger areas.
(Your friend steals a six-pack and jumps into a car with you to head to an off-campus party: What do you do? The school has a dozen counselors to track the New York alumni into and through college.
I sat down with two KTC counselors, Becky Hamilton and Catherine Marciano, to learn how they use Salesforce software to track their students.