Creating a college bound culture St. Louis College Prep's core mission is to get our scholars to and through college

College aspirations start the second scholars enroll at St. Louis College Prep:

From the moment our scholars walk through our doors, they are encouraged to think about which university or college they would like to eventually attend, a practice which is reinforced through frequent visits to our lunch room by college representatives from throughout the region.

College visits give scholars first hand knowledge of college culture:

During each of our five terms, we take both our middle and high school scholars on field trips to area colleges and universities, where they have the chance learn about the programs offered at the school, sit in on classes, learn about student life and talk to some of the current students to get a first hand knowledge about what it means to be a college student.

Every day at St. Louis College Prep we foster a college culture through a variety of programs including:

  • Career Panels
  • College Student Panels
  • Missouri Connections
  • SMART Start
  • A+ Program
  • ACT Aspire
  • College Bound
  • Parent Information Nights
  • FAFSA Nights
  • UMSL Saturday Bridge Program
  • Summer Opportunities such as the Washington University Summer Scholars Program

Getting scholars ready for college with UMSL Bridge:

Our high school scholars participate in the University of Missouri-St Louis’s flagship college access program, the BridgeProgram, which provides unique comprehensive, year-round, college access services to increase degree attainment among participating high school students.

Participants have demonstrated increased competencies through intensive academic enrichment courses, professional development, social skill building and college entrance exam preparation.

During the school year, scholars have access to the Bridge Program Saturday Academy, which provides an intensive 11-Saturday program for students in grades 9th through 12th. The curriculum emphasizes academic enrichment in mathematics; science; written and oral communication; career research/identification; social skills and professional development; and college planning.

During Cycle 5 in the summer, some scholars can participate in the Bridge Summer Academy Program, which offers academic enrichment courses in mathematics; science; written and oral communication; career research; social skills and professional development; and college planning activities.

SMART Start gives scholars college knowledge

Smart Start, a program offered through St. Louis Community College, provides our scholars with instruction on the nuts and bolts of college success - how to sign up for classes, how to use advisors, what life will be like on campus - so that they are prepared from success as soon as they get on campus.

Our scholars have a unique opportunity with our Early College Access program:

When we envisioned SCP HS, we wanted to create a school that was preparing all scholars to get to and through college. Research indicates students who attend a four-year university with college credit previously earned in high school (AP, dual enrolled, etc.) are 2-3 times more likely to graduate from college than those who entered college with no credits. This is actually a stronger predictor of college completion than an ACT score or high school GPA.

Vision: Junior and Senior scholars accepted into the Early College Program at SCP will leave from school and take college classes at the University of Missouri - St. Louis or Ranken Technical College. At the college campus, SCP will have our staff with students on the way to class, meeting between classes, eating with them at lunch, making sure they have what they need and are talking to their professors. On campus, they could take classes ranging from college level math and science to electives like art, music, and culinary classes.

For students not on college campuses, they will be back at SCP getting intensive small group instruction to address their academic gaps in Math, Reading, and Writing. As soon as they are ready, SCP desires to get them in the college group. Our hope is that many scholars will graduate from SCP with a high school diploma and some college credit.

Students also learn about alternative college paths:

Visits to events like Ranken Technical College's Manufacturing Day provide our scholars a glimps into technical colleges and manufacturing industries to see the potential a career in manufacturing could provide in today’s high-tech world.

“A lot of people think manufacturing is a dirty job,” said Ranken Dean of Enrollment Management Missy Borchardt. “It is not. It is very high tech and takes very technical skills.”

“We are also giving a presentation to the students talking about the demand that is out her for manufacturing,” said Borchardt. “The demand is more than we can supply at this point. It is a promising future.”

“Everything you buy has been touched by manufacturing at some point,” said Borchardt. “We want to help build the workforce to move the nation forward.”

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