College Access Program
WHAT WE DO
We focus our efforts on the needs of low-income, students of color, and first-generation college-goers. It is our belief that with the right supports, every student holds the potential to succeed in college and career.
Through our College Access Program, we seek to win the hearts and minds of students. We work to instill in them a sense of their own potential, to show them the opportunities of a college education, and to help them develop the skills they’ll need to be successful.
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Bryan DeFoney, Director
Many of our college access program participants may begin their journey with us unconvinced of their own college potential, but with the hard work and support of our team of advisors, PEF is proud of the fact that the majority graduate energized and ready to pursue college and career.
What We Offer
Students engaged with our program are supported in their schools with one-on-one advising, college readiness workshops, recruiter sessions, college visits, and four signature events conducted in their freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior years.
9th Grade Students
For our students, 9th grade is the time for exploration of student interests and career paths as well as initial exposure to the academic expectations and financial cost of college.
10th Grade Students
10th grade is the time to continue building exposure to and understanding of college options along with critical skills needed for college, including time management and financial literacy.
11th Grade Students
11th grade is the time for focusing on college options and application requirements, including SATs and essays.
12th Grade Students
12th grade is the time to apply, complete financial aid, assess options, make a postsecondary choice, and celebrate a hard-won achievement.
Who We Serve
We work with 9th through 12th grade students attending one of PEF’s partner schools. Not just the highest achieving students, but all who apply. If you are considering becoming a student at one of these schools, contact us to learn more about completing a College Access Program application.
PEF's Partner Schools
Frankford High School
Horace Furness High School
John Bartram High School
Kensington High School for the Creative & Performing Arts
Olney Charter High School
Paul Robeson High School
Roxborough High School
“In Pakistan, women have no voice and are denied many basic rights. I was made to feel like I was not meant to succeed in this world. The College Access Program in my high school helped me believe that I could dream big. There were many programs and resources, and if I needed something that they didn’t offer, they would find it for me.”
Maria Khan, Cabrini University ’21