Rationale for the Program
The Rochford College Access Program exists to assist the Redlands Unified School District in making college more accessible for low-income, minority students who need additional resources in making education beyond K-12 their reality. It is these students who would most benefit from becoming Rochford Scholars thereby receiving academic and college and career readiness through program activities and structure. There is a need in Redlands to make college access more equitable for marginalized students who have tremendous potential but who would most benefit by the additional support that the Rochford College Access Program would offer them.
The purpose of the Rochford College Access Program is to serve low-income, middle school students from at-risk situations in the Redlands Unified School District by offering a college access program that will partner with them in making the pursuit and attainment of a college degree a realistic and obtainable goal.
The Rochford College Access Program will offer courses specifically designed to enhance and strengthen students' English and math skills so that they are able to have higher academic achievement in their school courses. Tutoring for coursework during the academic school year and supplemental instruction in English and math during our summer session will be provided to Rochford Scholars.
The Rochford College Access Program exists to increase student participation and success in academic preparation courses for low-income and traditionally underrepresented students who are less likely to attend college. In addition to academic preparation, students will also engage in activities designed to build college going skills and achievement. While working with student scholars to increase high school completion and achievement and also preparing students to succeed in college and career, the Rochford College Access Program aims to involve parents and families in creating a supportive college going culture that supports students at home. The Rochford College Access Program will begin with sixth grade students and will support them through their first college degree. Saturday Academy Sessions will be held on campus at the University of Redlands or Burrage Mansion while weekly tutoring sessions will be held at school sites.