College Preparatory Program

The College Prep Program started with a partnership between Cal.
State, L.A. and Lincoln High School. This program is called the
University Prep Program (UPP). The UPP model at Lincoln high
school is in its 6th year and the first group of students are
now freshmen in college.

ACCESS began replication of the UPP model in three high schools
two years ago with each high school linked to an area CSU campus.
Morningside was the first replication site and Milikan and San
Fernando are in their first year of implementation. Each site
was selected because of other work ACCESS had done with students
that feed into those high schools. Each site has developed a
program to fit their needs, but certain elements have been retained
in their model.

Outline of Model

Students: Target students are from underrepresented minority
groups with GPA's between 2.0 and 2.9. There must be a balance
of male and female students.

Curriculum: Students must be enrolled in academic classes
that qualify them for entrance to a college or university.

Support: Students must have a support mechanism to support
their academic studies such as after school tutoring, before school
classes or Saturday meetings. Failure of a course is not cause
for dismissal from the program but rather students must repeat
the course in summer school or adult school and show evidence
of perseverance.

Parental Involvement: Parents are required to attend at
least one meeting per semester held specifically for this program.
It is suggested that a contract be written that parents and students
sign, outlining their responsibilities and confirming their understanding
and commitment to this program.

Organization: Each model is required to have an identified
coordinator and governing body that meets regularly to monitor,
govern, and evaluate their program on an ongoing basis. Parents
and students are encouraged to be part of this body.

Motivation: Special activities such as field trips and
other motivational support is required.

Essential Components

1. A steering committee made up of administrators,teachers, counselors,
parents and students.

2. One parent orientation meeting. One parent meeting at the
beginning of the second semester.

3. A signed contract defining student and parent responsibilities.

4. One ACCESS student assembly per semester.

5. A tutoring program.

6. A campus based coordinator.

7. A dedicated counselor.

8. At least two field trips per year to California State University
(CSU) partner campus for a Saturday lab activity.

9. At least one "college day" visit to CSU partner campus.

10. A college prep curricular program.

11. Student data available for evaluation.

Optional Components

* PSAT Testing.

* End of Year award ceremony.

* Other activities unique to each schoolÂ’s program (including
field trips).