1. After School & Tutoring Programs

Please check back for programs we recommend in other communities in the Bay Area as we update this section over the summer. If you’d like to recommend a program or need advice on how to find something in your area please contact us!

SMART
http://www.thesmartprogram.org/
SMART provides highly motivated, financially-disadvantaged students in San Francisco with access to educational opportunities, personal experiences and social support services in order to foster academic excellence and community engagement.

Breakthrough Collaborative (national site)
http://www.breakthroughcollaborative.org/
Summer and after school programs offered to middle school students.

Breakthrough San Francisco
http://www.breakthroughsf.org/

Breakthrough Silicon Valley
http://breakthroughsv.org/

Summerbridge San Francisco
http://www.sfuhs.org/page.cfm?p=3940
A full-time summer academic enrichment session and a school-year academic program. Applications available beginning in December of each year.

826 Valencia
http://826valencia.org/
We offer a range of programs, all free of charge, for students, classrooms, and schools in the Bay Area. Our project-based approach allows students ownership over the writing process, and strengthens their ability to express themselves clearly and in their own voice.

Boys & Girls Club
http://www.kidsclub.org/
Every day, our nine Clubhouses open their doors to youth who need us the most, providing skilled & caring staff, fun & effective programs and first-class facilities in an environment that promotes respect, responsibility and fun.
For students and families in other areas click here.

Jamestown
http://www.jamestownsf.org
Jamestown’s mission is to mobilize the resources of families, neighborhood residents, and other community members to help young people realize their full potential as empowered and productive members of society.

7 Tepees
http://www.7tepees.org
Working with 6th Grade students and up, San Francisco youth learn and practice the academic and social competencies necessary to be successful in the 21st century. A cornerstone of our work is connection to the natural environment.

ROCK - Real Options for City Kids
http://www.rocksf.org
ROCK's programs are designed to serve girls and boys, ages 6-17, who live in or attend school in San Francisco's Visitacion Valley through a combination of in-school and afterschool learning enrichment, sports and fitness, leadership training and outdoor adventure opportunities.

A Better Chance
www.abetterchance.org
The College Preparatory Schools Program (CPSP) is an academic program that identifies, recruits, places, and supports students of color, in outstanding college preparatory middle and high schools nationally. Click here to see if the school you’re attending participates.

Kaplan
http://www.kaptest.com
Help with tutoring and test prep

Posted on May 5, 2013 .

2. Summer & Youth Programs

Community Centers and Parks and Recreations are a wonderful resource for summer activities, and many are low cost or offer financial assistance. Download a list of programs by county here. Summer & After School Programs (by county) PDF

Aim High
http://www.aimhigh.org/
Free programs offered to middle school students in San Francisco, Oakland, Palo Alto and Marin City/San Rafael. Applications for summer are due before April of each year.

Galileo Camps
http://www.galileo-camps.com/
A truly innovative approach to summer camps! Offered throughout the Bay Area.

Tree Frog Treks
http://www.treefrogtreks.com/
Offering a variety of science based programs throughout the year and over the holiday breaks in San Francisco.

Breakthrough Collaborative (national site)
http://www.breakthroughcollaborative.org/
Summer and after school programs offered to middle school students.

Breakthrough San Francisco
http://www.breakthroughsf.org/

Breakthrough Silicon Valley
http://breakthroughsv.org/

 

 

Summerbridge San Francisco
http://www.sfuhs.org/page.cfm?p=3940
A full-time summer academic enrichment session and a school-year academic program. Applications available beginning in December of each year.

Girl Ventures
http://girlventures.org/
Summer and School year programs for Bay Area girls entering 6th – 12th grade explore self, community, culture, and the environment through outdoor adventure, creative arts, and group experiences.

Girl Scouts NorCal
http://www.girlscoutsnorcal.org/
1-800-447-4475 ext. 0 for English or Spanish assistance
Any girl who is between 5 and 17 years old can become a Girl Scout by accepting the Girl Scout Promise and Law and paying the annual membership dues. However, no girl will be denied membership in Girl Scouts for financial reasons.

Posted on May 4, 2013 .

3. How to pick the right High School for you!

The transition from private elementary school to high school—either public or private—is a significant but exciting change. Like all transitions, it includes a combination of preparation, excitement and even a little apprehension.

The foundation has been laid and the seeds planted. Your high school years will be ones of building on that foundation and blossoming into the young adult who begins to think about the right next steps in terms of college and a career. Check out some of the links below for more information on what to think about when looking for the right high school for you.

Download our High School Booklet (in English and Spanish) more information on applying to high schools, and for lists of high schools by county.
High School Booklet (PDF)

Posted on May 3, 2013 .

4. How to Afford High School

Many high schools recognize that not all families can afford to pay full tuition for their children. Private high schools throughout the Bay Area offer a variety of financial aid options to students. Some schools offer generous scholarship packages based on the student’s score on a test. Some require interviews, while others have financial aid programs that are entirely needs-based. Most do not widely publicize their aid programs, but instead let parents take the initiative in applying for aid.

You must contact individual schools you are considering to find out what financial aid they offer. There is a great deal of competition for limited scholarship dollars among high school students, so you will need to act quickly and make sure that you meet all deadlines. Most high schools do not consider applicants for financial aid who miss a deadline by even a single day.

Here are some more questions to consider when evaluating high schools:

  • How much is tuition? On what schedule does the school expect this tuition to be paid?
  • Does the school offer its own financial aid?  How much?  What is the deadline to apply for financial aid? If it is too late to apply for this year, could I get aid next year?
  • What fees are not covered by tuition?  
  • How much is the registration and/or application fee? (Be sure to distinguish between refundable deposits and nonrefundable fees.)
  • How much will books cost?  Uniforms (if required)?  Other extra fees for activities, lunches, sports, etc.?
  • Is there a finance charge for monthly payments?  What are the penalties for late payments?
  • Does the school require or strongly encourage parental participation in fundraising activities (e.g. selling chocolates, helping with bake sales, etc.)?

 

Posted on May 3, 2013 .

5. Get on the Path to College!

Getting on the path to college takes a lot of effort and hard work, but don't get stressed about it because we have lots of resources right here to support you along the way. Check out these amazing organizations offering support on the path to college, and information on college scholarships open to to both documented and undocumented students.

 

Summer Search
http://summersearch.org/
Inspiring high school students to become responsible and altruistic leaders. Provides year- round mentoring, life-changing summer experiences, college advising, and a lasting support network to San Francisco, North Bay and Silicon Valley youth.

Students Rising Above
http://www.studentsrisingabove.org
We help each student to realize his or her potential by guiding and supporting them through college graduation, and into the workforce. Bay Area wide, High School Juniors apply the Fall prior to their graduating year.

7 Tepees
http://www.7tepees.org
The Learning Center, Seven Tepees' original youth program which nurtures students from 6th to 12th grade, and the College and Career program, launched in 2008 to increase the number of first-generation college students.

College Track
http:www.collegetrack.org
We actively engage students over the course of eight years, from the summer before high school through college graduation. Our students join College Track with limitless aspirations and we provide them with a comprehensive program and encouraging learning environment that empowers them to succeed.

A Better Chance
www.abetterchance.org
The College Preparatory Schools Program (CPSP) is an academic program that identifies, recruits, places, and supports students of color, in outstanding college preparatory middle and high schools nationally. Click here to see if the school you’re attending participates.

AVID College Prep
http://www.sfusd.edu/en/programs/avid-college-prep.html
For our alumni now in SF public high schools

Junior Achievement Student Center
http://studentcenter.ja.org/
Information on financial education, and college and careers

EDUCATORS FOR FAIR CONSIDERATION (E4FC)  http://www.e4fc.org/resources/scholarshiplists.html
Wonderful lists of college scholarships open to undocumented applicants as well as documented citizens and residents.

10,000 Degrees
http://www.10000degrees.org/students/
Great online resource for students looking for all sorts of information on applying and paying for college. They also have onsite mentoring for students in Marin and Sonoma counties.

 

 

 

 

Posted on May 2, 2013 .