Studies show that parent involvement in a student’s education can be one of the biggest factors affecting success during and after high school. And while critically important, schools often struggle to get parents involved. Limited staff time, a lack of resources to provide parents, or uncertainty about how to engage families are just a few contributing factors. One district in Connecticut, however, has seen success in fostering collaboration and engaging parents using the college and career planning and scholarship search tools included in Naviance.
When Colorado enacted a requirement in 2009 that required all students in grades 9-12 to create and manage an Individual Career & Academic Plan (ICAP), Jeffco turned to Naviance – a one-stop solution that brings all the pieces of an effective college and career readiness program together.
Before implementing Naviance, Boothbay had a 52% college application rate. Through the use of Naviance’s college search and application tools, they saw an increase to 94% of seniors applying to college, an 80% increase in one year.
Since implementing Naviance, Adams 12 increased its graduation rate by 12%, and data collected through Naviance helped the district justify spending to restore counseling positions that had been lost due to budget cuts.
Seven Lakes High School in Katy, Texas has over 3,400 students and nearly 1,500 of them participate in Spartans Out Serving or “SOS,” a voluntary community service club. Community service is deeply ingrained into the school’s culture. Over half of the student body participates in SOS and this year, almost 800 students met their service goals. For seniors, that means 60 hours of effort is rewarded with coveted white cords at graduation.
After implementing Naviance, Yonkers Public Schools now has the ability to measure the impact their programs have on student success. In 2008, prior to the full adoption of Naviance, college-going intentions for seniors was 67%. In 2012, close to 91% of YPS seniors applied to colleges and 76% of seniors intended to enroll in four- or two–year colleges. Since using Naviance scholarship tools, YPS has more than doubled financial aid and scholarship awards from $23 million in 2010 to over $49 million in 2012. YPS attributes these increases to the variety of college- and career-readiness programs offered as well as improved student awareness of opportunities and resources available made possible by Naviance.
Like most schools, High Tech High in San Diego is under an enormous burden to submit transcripts and other forms to colleges as its seniors navigate the application process each year. Before going digital, the counseling office relied on the only method it had: mailing paper packets filled with transcripts, school profiles, and teacher recommendations. High Tech High also printed and mailed a second or third round of transcripts, translating into countless hours of staff time and thousands of dollars in postage and supplies.
Clear Creek Independent School District has partnered with Hobsons to implement Naviance Course Planner throughout the district. By doing so, the district has not only been able to meet course and CTE mandates instituted by the state, but also engage families, parents and students in the process.