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Students who demonstrate a desire to be successful and to continue their education beyond high school are accepted into the S/PA program. Priority is given to students from families with low incomes or those relying on public assistance.
Prospective students must complete an application which is available through S/PA affiliated high schools. Counselors at our partner schools assist in evaluating a student’s eligibility. Applications are due February 15, 2018 for the 2018-2019 school year.
Our students and their families:
- Represent motivated, but financially “at-risk” youth
- 85% come from single parent homes
- Parent incomes range from $10,000 to $40,000/yr
- 55% are African American, 30% are Hispanic/Latino, 10% are African/Caribbean, 10% are “other”
- Not necessarily the top academically performing students
- Accepted without regard to race, religion or ethnicity
Each student is paired with an adult who will serve as his/her mentor, providing personal contact and support. In most cases, this individual is the same adult who is providing the financial support as well.
This dedicated person is termed a “Partner”. Students and their partners establish a relationship which extends throughout the four years of the student’s high school career. “Sponsors” contribute financial support without any mentoring component. Individuals and Corporations/Foundations contributing directly to students’ tuitions are in this category. Those students paired with a Sponsor are also paired with a “Mentor“, who provides the personal contact and support.
The combination of a private school education and the influence of a mentoring partner increases graduation rate and college entrance rates.
- S/PA boasts a 99% high school graduation rate as compared to a 65 – 69% graduation rate for students at non-private schools in the same localities.
- 98% of S/PA graduates continue their education at an institute of higher learning
- S/PA graduates are the recipients of hundreds of thousands of dollars of scholarships to colleges, universities and vocational programs annually.
- Maintaining his/her academics and positive student life by following his/her schools’ guidelines.
- Maintaining communication with his/her partner and/or mentor
- Participation in Student/Partner Alliance events
- More than 2000 students have graduated from private high schools through the tuition assistance and mentoring provided by Student/Partner Alliance since 1993.
- A Junior Mentoring Program utilizes the guidance and mentoring capabilities of S/PA graduates to participate in the roll of Mentor to S/PA students.
Self-Sufficiency Through Education
561 Springfield Avenue Summit, NJ 07901 phone: 908-522-0405 or 908-522-0406