SF Promise – Guaranteed Admission to SFSU for All Sixth Graders

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom came to the North Light Court of City Hall this afternoon to announce the kickoff of SF Promise, which is:

“… a collaborative partnership between the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), the City and County of San Francisco (CCSF), and San Francisco State University (SFSU). It’s a new program whose mission is to have all SFUSD students graduate prepared and ready to pursue a post-secondary education. High school graduates will be guaranteed admission to SFSU and will be provided financial assistance if they meet CSU admission criteria and demonstrate financial need.”

Mayor Gavin Newsom works the crowd of sixth graders. Click to expand:

The director of S.F. Promise addresses the audience of hundreds:

SFUSD Superintendent Carlos Garcia and SFSU President Robert Corrigan. Also present were former Bill Clinton appointee Roberta not your garden-variety lesbian Achtenberg, Supervisor Bevan Dufty and representatives from the offices of Congresswoman Jackie Speier and Assemblymembers Fiona Ma and Tom Ammiano.

“Is Horace Mann in da house? YES! Is MLK in da house? YES!”

A certificate for each of the sixth graders:

Regarding the SFUSD Class of 2015, will this program ”cause 3500 lives to be changed,” as it was advertised today? No. But is today’s event a proper use of the bully pulpit? Yes. Yes it is, regardless of the details.

Speaking of which, is this program just the same as the one discussed back in ought-seven? No se, mi amiga/o. It certainly seems little a different than the plan introduced by Aaron Peskin, former President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

 

The goals of SF Promise are to:

Increase the number of students participating in the Early Assessment Program (EAP) in English and Mathematics;

Increase the CAHSEE passing rate on ELA and Math* Increase the CSU/UC admission eligibility graduation rate;

Increase the number of students attending SFSU; and to* Increase the number of students pursuing a post-secondary education.

The SF Promise Program will support students who are “college willing” to:

Enroll in College Prep curriculum (i.e., classes that fulfill A-G requirements)

Participate with community-based organization to receive support services that improve college-readiness (i.e. mentoring, resume building activities, college knowledge)

Receive admission and financial assistance to attend SFSU

 

More deets after the jump

 SF Promise is a new program that guarantees a spot at San Francisco State
 University for all 6th Graders of the San Francisco School District that
                      meet eligibility requirements
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Today, as part of the Partnership for Achievement
between the City and the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD),
Mayor Gavin Newsom was joined by Superintendent Carlos Garcia and San
Francisco State University (SFSU) President Robert Corrigan to honor the
first class of SF Promise, the Class of 2015.  SF Promise is a new program
that guarantees a spot at San Francisco State University for all 6th grade
students in San Francisco’s public schools.
“At a time when the California State University system is cutting funding
and admissions, San Francisco is doing its part to ensure that our city’s
children are guaranteed a college education,” said Mayor Newsom. “Moving
forward, the City and School District will work to provide students and
families with the tools and supports to make higher education a reality.”
If SFUSD students meet eligibility requirements upon high school
graduation, they are promised admission to San Francisco State University,
and if necessary, financial aid.   There are approximately 3,500 sixth
grade students in the San Francisco Unified School District.  Each one of
them will be informed of SF Promise, but the program is designed to target
the sixth grade students who are the first in their family to graduate from
college, underrepresented in college, low income, or are doing below
average or average in school.  The City and School District’s goal is to
get all 6th graders’ GPA up to 3.0 so they will be eligible for SFSU.
“SF Promise is our shared commitment to prepare our students for 21st
century citizenship,” said Superintendent Garcia.  “At SFUSD we are
changing our graduation requirements for the class of 2015 so that all
graduates meet the A through G requirements to get into SF State or another
California State University.  College should be a choice for all students
and this partnership is a great way to support our students in setting
their sights on college from a young age and helping them every step of the
way.”
The goals of S.F. Promise are to increase state university admission
eligibility and graduation rates, increase the number of students who
receive post-secondary education, and increase the number of students who
attend California universities from traditionally underrepresented groups.
SF Promise is jointly funded by the City, School District, and San
Francisco State University, with scholarships funded privately by
donations.
Today, 250 6th graders from Horace Mann, A.P. Gianini, and Martin Luther
King Middle Schools received ceremonial “certificates of guarantee,”
formalizing their admission to San Francisco State University as part of
the Class of 2015.

 

SF Promise Director
San Francisco, CA

SFUSD Director of the SF Promise Program. SF Promise is a collaborative partnership between the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), the City and County of San Francisco (CCSF), and San Francisco State University (SFSU). SF Promise is a new program whose mission is to have all SFUSD students graduate prepared and ready to pursue a post-secondary education. SFUSD graduates will be guaranteed admission to SFSU and will be provided financial assistance if they meet CSU admission criteria and demonstrate financial need. The goals of SF Promise are to: * Increase the number of students participating in the Early Assessment Program (EAP) in English and Mathematics; * Increase the CAHSEE passing rate on ELA and Math* Increase the CSU/UC admission eligibility graduation rate; * Increase the number of students attending SFSU; and to* Increase the number of students pursuing a post-secondary educationThe SF Promise Program will support students who are “college willing” to:* Enroll in College Prep curriculum (i.e., classes that fulfill A-G requirements)* Participate with community-based organization to receive support services that improve college-readiness (i.e. mentoring, resume building activities, college knowledge)* Receive admission and financial assistance to attend SFSUThe job description for the SFUSD Director of SF Promise is as follows:1. Collaborate with the City and County of San Francisco SF Promise Coordinator and the San Francisco State University Coordinator of SF Promise to plan, develop, implement and evaluate the SF Promise program.2. Collaborate with the other partnership Coordinators to select the designated SF Promise providers who will provide support services at middle and high school sites. 3. Support middle and high schools in establishing a college-going culture. 4. Serve as a link to the academic support programs and student support services.5. Collaborate with middle and high school site administrators and counselors in order to maximize the number of students who will be college going and to ensure the overall success of SF Promise. 6. Collaborate with other SFUSD departments to identify the curriculum that will be implemented to support academic skills, study habits, resume building and the development of six and four year educational plans.7. Collaborate with other SFUSD departments to identify existing support services that can be aligned to the mission and goals of SF Promise.8. Serve as a link with the SFSU counselors and school sites in order to coordinate students taking the PSAT, SAT/ACT, college preparation workshops for students and families and the development of College Plans for students.9. Collaborate with parent support organizations to provide parent education workshops on academic success, college applications and scholarships. 10. Other duties as assigned by the Associate Superintendent of School Operations and Instructional Support and the Associate Superintendent of Student Support Services.Qualifications:Must have had a minimum of three years teaching experience (preferably at the secondary level) and must possess a California Educational Administrative Credential. Must have strong collaboration skills, be technology literate and knowledgeable about a variety of teaching methodologies. Preferably has had experience working with a variety of educational institutions, government agencies and support providers. Prior educational administrative experience is preferred. Salary: $90,000 plus benefits

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One Response to “SF Promise – Guaranteed Admission to SFSU for All Sixth Graders”

  1. marielle says:

    cool my school is there martin luther king!!! :)