33 Schools Named "Schools of Distinction"

Aug 18, 2015, 14:00 ET from College For Every Student

ESSEX, N.Y., Aug. 18, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- College For Every Student (CFES), a global leader in helping underserved students become college and career ready, is honoring 33 schools in nine states and Ireland as "Schools of Distinction."

The CFES "School of Distinction" award recognizes schools that have exemplary programs incorporating the three CFES core practices: Mentoring, Leadership through Service, and Pathways to College. These schools provide intensive exposure to the three practices for targeted students, known as CFES Scholars, and also creating a culture that promotes college and career readiness for all students.


"Attaining 'School of Distinction' status recognizes a successful year-long journey to build college readiness school wide," said Steve Boyce, who leads the "School of Distinction" program.

Through end-of-the-year portfolios and reports, schools document the impact and power of their work.

"These 33 schools are not only helping their Scholars become college ready, but they're also sharing their best practices and lifting up other schools across the country and beyond," said CFES President & CEO Rick Dalton

Click here for a full listing of the awarded schools

Examples of activities developed by award-winning schools include:  

  • College/Career Connection (Mulberry Middle School, FL) To introduce Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) career options, Scholars researched STEM professions with their college mentors. Using an online career inventory tool, they explored educational paths that led to these careers and then presented their findings to their peers.
  • Student-Created Virtual College Visits (Breathitt County High School, KY) Scholars from Breathitt County High School visited different colleges virtually throughout the year. Groups of students created videos from their college visits, which were shared in the school lobby so that all students could benefit. Students also posted their college tours on line to share with CFES peers around the world.
  • Early College Awareness (Keeseville Elementary, NY) Every classroom at Keeseville Elementary adopted a college at the beginning of the school year. Each classroom is decorated with that college's pennant and mascot. Each child receives a t-shirt from their college and wears the shirt for "College Spirit Fridays." Students deliver facts about their college on morning announcements throughout the year.  On the last Friday of the month,  regional college teams and mascots rally students at an assembly.

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