In an effort to combat budget cuts that have plagued the Philadelphia public schools, 12+ opened the first PLUS Center in the Kensington Health Sciences Academy (KHSA) during the 2012-2013 school year and expanded their services to the entire school of 350 students. Since, the school has experienced a resurgence in school pride as students witnessed many of their peers enroll in college. Seeing success among those who have come from similar backgrounds has instilled a newfound respect for education and a realization that college is within their reach.
POSTSECONDARY ENROLLMENT AND COMPLETION
12+ has enabled growth on both the student and school level. Since the start of 12+’s programming, KHSA’s postsecondary enrollment rate has significantly increased from 11% to over 50%. KHSA is projected to increase the postsecondary enrollment rate to over 80% for the 2012-2013 academic year.
This remarkable development has helped the school transcend its previous image of a under-performing neighborhood school. 85% of 12+ Alumni remain on track to graduate from college. 12+ is dedicated to continuing this precedence, keeping their services open to all graduates.
“Without the support and encouragement of 12+, I probably would not be going to college. Not only did they support me academically, but also encouraged and inspired me to achieve.”
“12+ was a big help during my 12th grade year. I couldn't have done it without them.”
The center focuses on post-secondary readiness; providing individualized counseling, career exploration, and college access workshops. Students also have the opportunity to be matched with a mentor from a local university. Additionally, 12+ is devoted to ensuring that all students have received maximum financial assistance, walking students through the often overwhelming financial aid process.
STUDENT SUCCESS STORIES
QURAM KING - Class of 2012, Kensington Health Sciences Academy
College Choice: Indiana University of Pennsylvania
" A lot of kids in my neighborhood didn't finish high school. Honestly, before 12+, college was out of the question. It was kind of irrelevant....I knew I would get rejected, so I didn't even feel like I should attempt to apply because I knew I wouldn't get in."
" I am the first in my family to go to college, my mom was really excited and jumped around....and my dad kind of got really emotional...it was good."
"12+ changed my whole mindset about college and life after high school...and I feel like I have a bright future ahead of me."
MONICA MERCADO - Class of 2012, Kensington Health Sciences Academy
College Choice: Millersville University
"College is important to me because it's like my way out of this neighborhood and the same cycles as my cousins who didn't finish school...or had run-ins with the law. I don't want to be like that...I want to go to college and do something..."
"When I first started to apply to college, I was like, I don't think I am going to get into any college"
"I am the first in my family to get into college"
"My favorite thing about 12+ is that it was like a support system that we all needed."