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  • November 2016 marked the third time Cleveland Metropolitan School District schools participated in the nationally recognized College Application Month.

    College Application Month aims to increase the number of low-income and first-generation students who enroll in college by providing them with in-school time and expert guidance to support them as they complete their applications. In 2014, six CMSD schools and in 2015, ten CMSD schools hosted a College Application Month event; in 2016, a record seventeen CMSD schools participated!

    What makes College Application Month so special is that each event looks slightly different. This is because school-based college advising teams are encouraged to design workshops that fit the needs of their student body. For example, at John Marshall High School, an entire day was dedicated to a series of rotations including a college fair, a scholarship writing seminar and a college application workshop. In contrast, volunteers at the Cleveland School of the Arts sat one-on-one with specific students who needed an extra push to finish their applications.

    Despite these variations, there are three consistencies at every CMSD College Application Month event: First, participating students are asked to complete at least one concrete task during the provided time. This may mean completing one application, applying to one scholarship or completing one portion of the FAFSA. Second, all schools are provided with cake and Chapstick to share with students to celebrate their accomplishments. Third, every event includes volunteers from the Compact’s higher education and community partners. This year, representatives from an impressive 13 colleges and universities and 9 community-based organizations participated in at least one CMSD College Application Month event.

    With the help of our experts and a little sugar, students are able to begin their postsecondary journey with the right guidance and a positive attitude!

    Participating High Schools:

    Cleveland School of the Arts
    East Tech High School
    Garrett Morgan High School
    Ginn Academy
    Glenville High School
    Jane Addams High School
    John Adams High School
    John F. Kennedy High School
    John Marshall High School
    Lincoln-West High School
    Martin Luther King
    Max Hayes High School
    New Tech East
    New Tech West
    Rhodes High School
    Success Tech
    Washington Park High School 

    Thank you to our volunteers from the following organizations and institutions!

    Baldwin Wallace University
    Bowling Green State University
    Case Western Reserve University
    Cleveland State University
    Cuyahoga Community College
    Eastern Michigan University
    Hiram College
    John Carroll University
    Oberlin College
    Ohio State University
    University of Akron
    University of Toledo
    Ursuline College

    Bard Early College High School
    Cleveland YMCA
    College Now
    Greater Cleveland Neighborhood Centers Association
    Greater Cleveland Partnership
    Lexington Bell Community Center
    Scranton Road Ministries
    The Presidents Council

    Want more information? Check out the CMSD News Bureau’s take on this year’s College Application Month!

    College Application Month helps students navigate admissions


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