The Graduate Support Program (GSP) provides students and their families with resources to ensure high school attendance, graduation, and matriculation into post-secondary education. St. Ignatius students who graduate from high school are vastly more likely to break the cycle of poverty.
For SIS middle school students, the program staff will:
- Assist families with the process of applying to high school, collect and distribute information on various Catholic, public, independent and boarding schools, and work with students and families to ensure that they find a high school that will best match each student’s strengths and abilities.
- Prepare students for the November TACHS exam, taken as a requirement for entrance to Catholic high schools.
- Arrange presentations conducted by representatives of high schools and arrange shadow-day high school visits to observe student life.
- Assist parents and guardians in filling out financial aid and scholarship applications.
- Expose students to the college environment through the use of collegiate volunteers and the scheduling of activities on local college campuses.
For all SIS alumni in high school, the program staff will:
- Work with graduates, acting as an academic guide and supporter dealing with problems related to school, family and other issues.
- Provide after school tutoring for high school students who are struggling academically.
- Provide opportunities for sophomores and juniors to visit colleges and hold retreats and college fairs strictly for St. Ignatius students.
- Assist juniors and seniors with the college admission process, which includes SAT preparation, researching and visiting colleges, and assisting with the applications for financial aid.
- Coordinate with high school guidance departments and supplement with individual support as needed.