JRLA is a 9-16 model where scholars are supported not only through high school graduation, but through college graduation.
JRLA ranks #5 for college persistence among open-enrollment high schools in Detroit.
College programming begins with coursework in our 9th through 12th grade College Bound Scholars course where scholars learn the needed skills and mindsets to be successful beyond high school. Throughout the year, the College Success Team hosts Parent University evenings and parent chaperoned college field trips where families are exposed to the college admissions process and can support their scholars through their post-secondary endeavors. During senior year, scholars are matched with their best fit post-secondary option and will have a case manager to support them in this decision process.
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What We Do
College Bound Scholars
JRLA scholars are exposed to post-secondary experiences of college early in their high school career. Scholars practice the academic soft skills necessary to succeed in college and explore their own personal identity in order to develop a stronger sense of self.
The college team works closely with colleges and universities to help scholars apply for and earn financial aid and scholarship awards in order to lessen the financial burden of college. The College Team also hosts workshops for seniors to fill out FAFSA.
The College Team works with scholars to ensure they are attending their best fit school based on a variety of factors such as financial fit and minority graduation rate. Every JRLA scholar researches college options early in his or her JRLA career and applies to eleven colleges.
Our Alumni Support Coordinators continue to support JRLA graduates throughout their four years of college to provide on-going assistance for financial aid and reminders about academic soft skills such as adaptability and self-regulation.
The College Team
Dean of College,
Ms. Velinor oversees all college programming and works closely with the 12th grade scholars to ensure timely graduation and matriculation to college. She also facilitates Parent University, an initiative to spread college knowledge to our scholars and their parents, as well as all Senior Class activities. Working closely with the Promise Schools network, she ensures our team meets our strategic goals.
Alumni Success Coordinator,
Ms. Grow supports all alumni who have graduated from JRLA. She is in charge of sending alumni materials, planning alumni and parent of alumni events, and connecting with alumni on a bi-monthly basis to ensure they have the resources they need to earn a college degree.
Ms. Spotts is our college advisor from Michigan College Advising Corps. Ms. Spotts coordinates our campus tours, admissions visits, and on-site admission visits. Ms. Spotts also supports our students in the college exploration, application, financial, and admission process.
College Bound Scholars,
Mr. Jones teaches the 9th and 10th grade College Bound Scholars courses which focus on the themes of Learning for College and College Aspiration: Learning for Life.
College Bound Scholars,
Mr. Harzula teaches the 11th and 12th grade College Bound Scholars courses which focus on making informed college decisions that align with the themes of College is Now: Leadership for Bright Futures and College Capstone: Leadership for College Graduation.
The JRLA Board of Directors and College Team communicate regularly with non-profit organizations and individual donors to secure scholarship opportunities. To date, nearly $1 million in private scholarship dollars have been raised for JRLA scholars.
Resources for Alumni
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