Welcome to the College Prep Program at APL
All - due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our College Prep applications and start date will be held later this year than in years past. We anticipate releasing the application in early April and our program running from July - September this year.
Congratulations to CPP Alumni receiving their college admissions offers. We are really proud of you!
This summer, we expect to welcome our 12th class of students. Can't wait to meet you and get started making big dreams happen. #trailblazing
The College Prep Program (CPP) has provided individualized advice, assisted with college applications, given students tools to succeed in college, and put program alumni on paths to achieve big dreams. CPP has been successful in mentoring and advising 100 students to date. CPP meets on Saturdays during the summer for 15 classes, totaling of about 100+ student contact hours. Students make a commitment to the program of an additional two hours of homework each night.
The program has several major components: selecting a college, applying to college, financial aid, planning for success, professionalism, and test preparation. Motivational guest speakers, fun team projects, and campus tours are also important aspects of the summer. This program is unique in that it leverages an all-volunteer staff to help students who have demonstrated strong academic potential and a commitment to success, but who have knowledge or opportunity gaps in reaching their potential. The program has a strong mentoring component that focuses not only on the mechanics of completing applications and navigating the SAT exam, but also goal setting, exploring careers, and succeeding once enrolled in college. Program participants are introduced to and encouraged to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math fields.
Our latest annual report is available here.
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168 students have participated in this program!
98% of CPP students are on-track to complete or have completed a bachelor's degree
81% plan to pursue or are pursuing a graduate or doctoral degree
65% are pursuing or planning to pursue a STEM degree
99% agree that CPP helped them prepare for their college applications
In 2017, 40+ volunteers donated 2000+ hours to help the summer students and program alumni
All the work put into it will pay off later!
I would not have gotten a high SAT score or gotten into my dream school, Stanford, if not for College Prep!
Attending College Prep has been one of the greatest opportunities ever presented to me.
It will propel you into the college application process, and will help you find the best fit for you.
I wasn’t planning to attend college at all until I went to this program.
It helped me learn that, as a non-native English speaker, I still had the opportunities to go to a four year college.