Toolkit: Postsecondary Success
Harvard Family Research Project Resources

Webinar: Successful Transitions to High School: Promoting High School Success and Facilitating College Readiness. Watch the webinar on YouTube. See the webinar archive on the National Parental Information and Resource Center website.

Other Resources

Minnesota offers many options for high school students to earn college credit before graduation. Find out how these challenging courses can benefit students by visiting the Ready Set Go website.

Ramp-Up to Readiness™ is a school-wide guidance program designed to increase the number and diversity of students who graduate from high school with the knowledge, skills, and habits necessary for success in a high-quality college program. Visit the Ramp up to Readiness website. The recommended technology platform for Ramp up to Readiness is Naviance. Learn more about Naviance.

College Ed's Big Future website. Parents: check out Big Future's parent action plan for middle school. There are also parent action plans for every year of high school.

Resource: College Ed's Roadtrip Nation website and resources.

Resource: Minnesota's ISEEK website and resources.

Creating a College-Going Culture at your School

Elementary Level 
  • Name classrooms after national college/universities. 
  • Hang up teacher's college pennant or invite students to ask the teacher about his/her college.
  • K-5 students’ college graduation year is posted in each classroom. 
  • College tours are offered for students and/or parents.
  • College Application Week poster/door decorating contest.
  • College T-Shirt Day.
  • Career days or speakers featuring former students and parents.
  • Local foundations support Academic Summer Camp Scholarships.
  • College and career lessons.
  • Create a “College Corner” in each classroom or the media center.
  • Provide parents information about course selection, test results, and college admissions.
  • Provide discussion points and action plans for parents regarding college and career readiness.
  • Individual student portfolios for future planning.

Middle Level
  • Hang up teacher's college pennant or invite students to ask the teacher about his/her college.
  • College tours are offered for students and/or parents.
  • Career fairs are held at least once a year, using local resources.
  • Interest inventories such as Explore.
  • College Application Week.
  • Local foundations support academic summer camp scholarships.
  • Career Lessons/Inventories.
  • Create a “College Corner” in each classroom or the media center.
  • Provide parents information about course selection, test results, and college admissions.
  • Assist parents with information on decision-making steps for postsecondary choices.
  • Provide discussion points and action plans for parents regarding college and career readiness.
  • Provide learning opportunities on financial planning, scholarships, financial aid, grants, etc.
  • Individual Student Portfolios for future planning.

High School
  • Hang up teacher's college pennant or invite students to ask the teacher about his/her college.
  • Use former students to talk about college and career possibilities.
  • Have all students complete the FAFSA.
  • College Application Week activities.
  • Invite college/career representatives in for presentations.
  • Regularly communicate college information – deadlines, opportunities, scholarships, etc.
  • Host or find a college fair for students to attend.
  • Host athletic clearinghouse scholarship sessions for students and parents.
  • Provide parents information about course selection, test results, and college admissions.
  • Assist parents with information on decision-making steps for postsecondary choices.
  • Provide learning opportunities on financial planning, scholarships, financial aid, grants, etc.
  • Provide discussion points and action plans for parents regarding college and career readiness.
  • Career Lessons/Inventories are incorporated into units.
  • Create a “College Corner” in each classroom or the media center.
  • Individual student portfolios for future planning.