Equitas Academy is committed to supporting 100 percent of scholars to and through a four-year college or university. PERCENT of Equitas scholars qualify for free/reduced lunch, and PERCENT will be the first in their family to graduate with a bachelor’s degree. First-generation, low-income scholars will face unique hurdles as they may lack people able to support their access to and through college. Fewer than 30 percent of eligible students in the bottom quarter of incomes even enroll in a four-year school. And among that group, fewer than half graduate.*
College must be for everyone. At Equitas Academy, our scholars and their families will have the support to overcome systemic challenges toward attaining a bachelor’s degree. The High School Preparation and Alumni Programs team vision is to provide opportunity for scholars and their families to access and navigate a demanding, high-quality education after Equitas and through college graduation. Through high school selection and preparation and comprehensive alumni supports, we aim to significantly contribute to the educational outcomes of the Pico-Union community.
*DeParle, Jason. “For Poor, Leap to College Often Ends in a Hard Fall.” The New York Times 22 Dec. 2012.