The share of families living in poverty in the Twin Cities suburbs is rising, and now exceeds the total number of families in poverty in Minneapolis and St. Paul combined, according to a recent Met Council report. This fall, College Possible launched a two-year pilot at Edina High School, funded by the Edina School District and community, to learn more about the unique challenges and needs of low-income students in suburban areas.
No matter the high school they attend, students who are low-income or first-generation face barriers to accessing and succeeding in college. In more affluent communities like Edina, these students face unique challenges – they may be more isolated and have access to fewer resources tailored to their needs. This two-year pilot provides a unique opportunity for College Possible to unbundle our model into its component parts to determine the strongest drivers of student success. We’ll use this knowledge to maximize our impact in suburban communities.
Edina High School staff are committed to learning how best to support all of their students, and providing us with this unique opportunity to explore an innovative hybrid model that best supports students in suburban communities. The pilot program will serve 20-25 students this year, meeting once per week for one hour during the school day. Students will also participate in monthly individual check-ins with their coach.
In addition to College Possible’s growth into Edina, we’re also expanding the reach of our traditional high school programming this year. We’ve added North High School in North St. Paul as a partner, and we’re serving our first group of seniors at Burnsville High School, North Community High School in Minneapolis, and Roseville Area High School, doubling our reach at each of those schools.