SMART champions education equity by supporting students in overcoming systemic barriers on their journey to a college degree. We envision a community with equitable pathways to college graduation for every student in San Francisco by providing students and families financial, academic, and social emotional support, as well as college preparation and career exploration.
What could your donation fund?
· $25 can provide a session of ACT/SAT test preparation to give a SMART high schooler a competitive edge in college applications
· $50 can provide a day of summer academic programming for a 5th or 6th grade Scholar to prevent summer learning loss
· $100 can provide one Wi-Fi hotspot device and one month of internet service for a SMART Scholar to participate in their virtual classroom
· $250 can provide a laptop for a SMART Scholar to ensure access to the technology needed for remote learning
Currently, only 16% of low-income students graduate with a bachelor's degree. Moreover, only 21% of low-income students who enter college will graduate within six years.
SMART's impact on college achievement is clear: Since launching our College Achievement Program in 2011, 100% of SMART Scholars have graduated high school and enrolled in college, compared to a 83% high school graduation rate in California and a nationwide 51% college matriculation rate of their low-income peers.
Furthermore, while only 21% of low-income students who enter college will graduate within 6 years, SMART Scholars are currently persisting in college at a rate of over 80%. At SMART, we are working to reverse educational disparities by preparing our Scholars for college and career success. We are working to build a brighter, more equitable and inclusive future.