On Matriculation: Schuler Releases 2012 List



verb \mə-ˈtri-kyə-ˌlāt\T

To enroll as a member of a body and especially of a college or university.

‘Tis the season during which the most frequently asked question of any high school senior from a middle class or affluent family is “Where are you going to school in the fall?”.  For Schuler scholars, until recently, the question asked was “What are you going to do after graduation?”  While on the surface the questions don’t appear to significantly differ, they actually represent the wide divide in expectations between the students we serve and their more affluent peers.

For the latter, matriculating to college is an expectation. Since their birth, money has been set aside for college expenses.  Parent teacher conversations dating back to middle school, and for some even elementary school, have focused on how to best prepare the child for the most rigorous academic track in high school. Pressure mounted in households as FAFSA, Early decision and other deadlines approached.  Then the waiting game until the envelopes came bringing news of an admit or deny.  All of this in order to answer the question “Where are you going to school in the fall?”

For many Schuler Scholars and the thousands of students like them across the country, going to college was and still is not always an expectation. For some it was perhaps a parent’s dream.  For others, it was something only kids whose parents had money could afford.  And for many others it wasn’t even on their radar.  Graduating from high school was the life event to be celebrated.  Getting a job, contributing to the family household income, maybe taking a few classes at a community college were all perfectly acceptable response to the question “What are you doing after graduation?” 

According to a 2008 study by the Consortium on Chicago School Research at the University of Chicago  “From High School to the Future: Potholes on the Road to College,” the single most consistent predictor of whether students took steps toward college enrollment was whether their teachers reported that their high school had a strong college climate.  Through our partnerships with school districts, the Schuler Scholar Program strives to create and/or support a college going culture and set an expectation that ALL students can go to college. 

We celebrate the Schuler Class of 2012 and thank the many colleges and universities that are making matriculation possible for the students we serve and the many others like them around the country.  Together we are helping families, school districts, and communities realize that going to college can and must be an expectation for all children.  So the next time you see a Schuler Scholar, be sure to ask “Where are you going to school in the fall?” because they will be eager to tell you to which they are matriculating.

Click here to see Schuler's 2012 Final Matriculation List.


WHS Scholars celebrate the submission of their college applications with College Counselor Juli Scalf

WHS Scholars celebrate the submission of their college applications with College Counselor Juli Scalf

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