The Need

The benefits of a college degree are no secret. Over a lifetime, the gap in earning potential between a high school graduate and a college graduate can reach as high as $1,000,000. Studies have also found that people with a college degree are more likely to volunteer, vote, exercise, and spend more time with family.

But the college application and financial aid processes have become increasingly complex. Tuition costs are rising, and low-income and first-generation students have fewer resources for support. Only 49% of low-income students go to college immediately after high school, and only 10% of low-income students earn a degree by age 25.


New Jobs Since the 2008 Recession

The Center for Education and Workforce at Georgetown University recently reported that 99% of new jobs since the 2008 recession have required some postsecondary education. By 2020, 65% of all jobs in the United States will require higher education. A high school diploma is no longer enough to compete in today’s global economy.

Our Approach

Regular participation in a high quality after school program can lead to significant gains in academic achievement, improved work habits, and more opportunities. However, these programs are not always easy to find for the students who need them most. That’s why we developed Armory College Prep for grades 5-12.

We offer three key areas of focus to see our students to and through college:

  1. Academic Excellence: we strive to ensure every student is college and career ready. We work to meet students’ diverse needs with a variety of academic supports (focused on STEM) and test preparation.

  2. High School & College Counseling as well as Admissions & Financial Aid Guidance.

  3. Students are encouraged to find their own voice through acting, Great Books, and personal essay writing. 

Our Supporters

The growth of the Armory College Prep Program would not have been possible without the funding of our supporters.

The importance of a helping hand cannot be overstated. Through Armory College Prep, we are providing academic and counseling help that virtually guarantees that 100% of our students will be enrolled in a great college experience. Our students come from schools where, traditionally, 25% or fewer will ever have any kind of higher education experience after graduation.
— John A. Jenkins, Board Member