Successfully navigating the path to college requires both preparation for college academics and practical knowledge of the college entry process. For students who face challenges in either or both of these areas, the guidance and support they receive in high school plays a major role in their postsecondary access and success. High schools can improve long-term post secondary outcomes by preparing students academically for the rigors of college-level work, establishing a process to regularly assess and intervene to keep students on track for college, building a community of supportive adults and peers who foster college aspirations, and offering students and families assistance in the college entry process from choosing the right school to securing financial aid.

To learn more about the research underlying these practices, view the IES Practice Guide, Helping Students Navigate the Path to College: What High Schools Can Do.

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Anatomy and Physiology Course Syllabi

The use of syllabi in high school classrooms helps students adapt to the structure of a college-level course. View the video, Senior Year Redesign, to learn about other strategies for preparing...

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07/10/2014
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Senior Year Redesign

Senior Year Redesign

A high school redesigns the senior year to better prepare students for college. The sample material, Anatomy and Physiology Course Syllabi, provides an example and The Senior Year: Smoothing the...

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07/10/2014
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Graduation Notification/Agreement and Notification for Not Meeting Requirements

See how counselors document each student to ensure they are on track for graduation and communicate with parents. The interview, Placing Value on Doing Well Academically, emphasizes the school's...

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07/10/2014
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Placing Value on Doing Well Academically

Placing Value on Doing Well Academically

A principal talks about the school's focus on academics. All students are expected to take challenging courses and go to college. The sample material, Graduation Notification/Agreement and...

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07/10/2014
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Understanding How to Pay for College

Understanding How to Pay for College

Dr. Donald E. Heller talks about three key aspects of paying for college that schools should ensure their students know: college costs, types of financial aid, and the application process. Schools,...

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07/10/2014
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Completing the Steps to College Entry

Completing the Steps to College Entry

Dr. Amaury Nora discusses the importance of helping students complete the steps for college entry. Schools can support students as they prepare to take college entrance exams, decide which colleges...

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07/10/2014
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Assisting Students With College Entry

Assisting Students With College Entry

It's important for high schools to provide support for all aspects of the college and financial aid application processes. This multimedia overview outlines ways schools can help students...

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07/10/2014
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Making College Aspirations Real for Students and Families

Making College Aspirations Real for Students and Families

Dr. Patricia Gándara explains how schools can use mentorships and peer interaction to begin fostering college aspirations as early as elementary school. Schools can work with families, teachers,...

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07/10/2014
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Inspiring Students to Attend College

Inspiring Students to Attend College

This overview provides examples of ways schools can foster and grow students' college-going aspirations beginning as early as middle school. Carefully designed mentoring programs connect students...

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07/10/2014
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Assessing College Readiness

Assessing College Readiness

Watch this interview with Dr. David Conley to learn more about building a student profile of college readiness.

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07/09/2014
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Using Assessments and Interventions to Prepare Students for College

Using Assessments and Interventions to Prepare Students for College

This multimedia overview outlines how schools can identify college-readiness measures, inform families about students' progress, and assist students in getting on track for college.

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07/09/2014
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Relevance Makes Rigor Possible

Relevance Makes Rigor Possible

Dr. Willard R. Daggett of the International Center for Leadership in Education, Inc. describes how high school courses and instruction need to change in order to prepare students for success in...

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07/09/2014
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