Fern Creek program helps more low-income students to attend selective colleges and universities
A Fern Creek High School (FCHS) program that helps its high-achieving low-income students apply to and attend elite colleges was recently featured in ASCD’s online and print publications. Ivy Plus Academy works with 100 high-achieving Fern Creek students grades 9-12 to explore higher education opportunities at selective institutions across the United States. Founded and operated by FCHS Rhetoric and Composition teacher Beau Baker, the program’s aim is to show low-income students who possess the academic talent and ambition that they can be admitted to and afford selective private colleges and universities. Educating students’ families on generous financial aid opportunities is a key component to Ivy Plus. Many elite institutions struggle to recruit and admit students from a diversity of socioeconomic backgrounds, oftentimes perpetuating social inequality in higher education.
Check out the article, written by Teach Kentucky veteran educator and former Fern Creek teacher, Paul Barnwell.