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Committing to College Readiness from Middle School and Beyond: A Case Study of a College Preparatory Middle School

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College readiness has many components that include different academic, cognitive, and social skills as well as transitional and content knowledge. College readiness has typically been a focus within high school curriculum, however, recent research is emphasizing the need for college preparation to begin even earlier than a student's first year of high school. This case study examines St. Olive Academy, a college-preparatory middle school that serves students who identify as members of underrepresented ethnic groups, aspiring first-generation college-going students, and come from low-income families. By utilizing classroom observations and interviews, this study examines what St. Olive Academy is doing to prepare students for college while identifying its effectiveness. This study expands the current definition of college readiness by incorporating cultural factors and school culture along with the other previously defined components.

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Committing to College Readiness from Middle School and Beyond: A Case Study of a College Preparatory Middle School

College readiness has many components that include different academic, cognitive, and social skills as well as transitional and content knowledge. College readiness has typically been a focus within high school curriculum, however, recent research is emphasizing the need for college preparation to begin even earlier than a student's first year of high school. This case study examines St. Olive Academy, a college-preparatory middle school that serves students who identify as members of underrepresented ethnic groups, aspiring first-generation college-going students, and come from low-income families. By utilizing classroom observations and interviews, this study examines what St. Olive Academy is doing to prepare students for college while identifying its effectiveness. This study expands the current definition of college readiness by incorporating cultural factors and school culture along with the other previously defined components.