Achieve Atlanta, an organization that aims to help APS students complete college, also received a grant worth $532,000. The money will be used to support school counselors and staff as well as to develop a digital tool that will help students find the college that best meets their needs.
A data team will create a tool that identifies which colleges match a student's academic performance as well as fit his or her financial needs plus offer the right programs, location and campus culture.
APS also won its own $90,000 grant to provide training to school counselors and college advisors.
“Creating a college-going culture and match and fit are critical components of our district’s college readiness strategy,” said Superintendent Meria Carstarphen, in a written statement.
KIPP also praised the opportunity to help students using the grant money.
“This grant will enable so many of our regions to learn from one another and from educators outside of KIPP as they work to improve academic and college counseling practices and will ensure more young people are graduating from high school prepared for success in college and careers,” said Richard Barth, CEO of the KIPP Foundation, in a written statement.