Reach for College! Curriculum & Books

We provide a complete, structured curriculum (2013 Book order form) to serve high school students in grades 9 through 12 as they learn about the benefits of higher education, what skills they need to be employable, and as they apply to postsecondary educational institutions and prepare to be successful there.

The Reach for College! program incorporates these research–based elements to effectively assist traditionally disadvantaged students go to college:

  • Close, caring relationship with a knowledgeable adult
  • Cohort of peers planning for college together
  • Learning the connection between careers and college
  • Assistance with college selection and application processes
  • Information and assistance with financial aid applications
  • High quality instructional materials that challenge students with rigorous, college–level work
  • All books are available directly from Reach for College! at discounted bulk rates

9th Grade

NINTH GRADE SKILLS FOR SUCCESS
139 pages, ©2008

  • Make a successful transition to high school
  • Know that education beyond high school leads to success in life
  • Career exploration based on interest and abilities
  • Set goals for success in high school and beyond
  • Time-management and study skills
  • Good decision–making and attitudes for success

10th or 11th Grade

SKILLS FOR SUCCESS NOW AND AFTER GRADUATION
148 pages, ©2006, 3rd printing, 2009

  • Introduction to college access & benefits of postsecondary education
  • College–level reading, writing, and time–management skills to improve GPA in high school and practice using these skills for later college success
  • Goal–setting and the importance of a positive attitude in attaining success

10th or 11th Grade

CAREER SKILLS FOR SUCCESS AFTER GRADUATION
119 pages, ©2006, 3rd printing, 2009

  • Benefits of postsecondary education
  • Career exploration and educational planning
  • SAT Prep
  • College search & practice applications
  • Essay writing
  • Employability skills
  • Interview skills

12th Grade—1st Semester

APPLY FOR SUCCESS AFTER GRADUATION
109 pages, ©2006, 2nd printing, 2008

  • Career and educational goal–setting
  • SAT Prep
  • College selection & application
  • In–depth essay writing for applications
  • Financial aid & scholarship applications

12th Grade—2nd Semester

COLLEGE & REAL LIFE SKILLS FOR SUCCESS AFTER GRADUATION
138 pages, ©2006, 2nd printing, 2008

  • Issues in transitioning from high school & home, to college
  • Time–management, organization & study skills for academic success
  • Resources for assistance available on campuses
  • Personal problem–solving & decision–making for making it through college
  • Real–life finances & managing financial aid
  • Tips for commuting, working, or parenting students

Teacher, Parent & Program Manuals

Teacher and Program Manuals are available with adoption of the program by schools or community groups.

Schools: Contact us to talk about adoption of the program for your school. You may also download the book order form by clicking this link – 2013 Book order form

Community Groups: Contact us to adopt the program or see the For Community Groups page for more information.

Parents: Parent Handbooks are available to accompany two of the books—Ninth Grade Skills for Success, and Apply for Success after Graduation—to help families with their student's transition to high school and with the college and financial aid application process. These Parent Handbooks are also available in Spanish.

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