HELP’s Academic Services

“WHY” students need HELP… What the literature says!

Middle School

Students and parents are waiting too late to begin intentional college and career readiness preparation

HELP’s support begins with middle school students focused on college and career readiness and ACT Test Prep. We review the students records and assess both their academic and non-cognitive skills focused on identifying students academic strengths and blind spots, along with their motivation, personality, strengths, learning styles and potential career pathway interests.

6th Grade Focus: Transition from elementary to middle school and the development of a scholar identity starting with the college and career readiness assessment to match students academic and personality profiles to classes, academic tutoring support, electives, extracurricular activities and academic/career related summer camp opportunities to keep them engaged and motivated educationally.

​7h Grade Focus: Sustained academic excellence, academic tutoring support, leadership development, exploratory research into potential career interests through intentional experiential school, leadership and extracurricular activities and academic/career related summer camp opportunities to keep them engaged and motivated educationally.

8th Grade Focus: Sustained academic excellence,academic tutoring support, leadership development, and introduction to ACT Test Prep and exploratory research into potential career interests through intentional experiential school, leadership and extracurricular activities and academic/career related summer camp opportunities to keep them engaged, motivated educationally and looking toward high school.

Cost: Education is individual, so HELP fees are customized based on students needs and goals.
(To begin the process click here to complete the HELP Middle/High School Informational Survey)
 

High School Services

  • As ninth grade has been identified as a make-or-break year in which course performance and attendance are the most significant predictors of high school graduation, we need to find ways to motivate students to attend and perform
  • Research highlights that students from under-served/disadvantaged communities have less college readiness resources pursue college at lower rates, and under-match when selecting a college

HELP’s High School services focus on providing students sustained support throughout their high school careers emphasizing the requisite mental, academic and personal skills they will need to prepare for entrance into the college of their choice. The program connects the dots for both students and parents through a stepped process that not only leads to understanding but also builds students academic confidence and promotes their scholarly identity.

9th Grade Focus: Student college and career readiness assessment, curriculum matching, study skill development, and introduction to ACT Test Prep to support a successful personal, academic and emotional transition. ​

10th Grade Focus: Sustained academic excellence, leadership development, exploratory research into potential career and major interests, and continued ACT Test Prep. ​

11th Grade Focus: Sustained academic success, service, leadership and extracurricular activities based on a narrowed potential college and career and major interest pathway based on research and experiences, and focused ACT Test Prep.​

12th Grade Focus: Completion of college application and essays, maximizing and completing the high school experience and preparation for the transition to college. ​​​

Cost: Education is individual, so HELP fees are customized based on students needs and goals. (To begin the process click here to complete the HELP Informational Survey)

HELP Undergrad & Grad School Services

  • Less than 10% of incoming college students know a lot about the field they intend to major in
  • As students’ progress through their freshman year, they become more uncertain about their intended major
  • ACT Inc. reports that students who select a major that matches their interests are more likely to stick with it and complete degree requirements on time, but few high school graduates are choosing a college major that suits them
  • Data from the National Center for Education Statistics suggests that 80% of US students change their major at least once, but on average, college students change their major at least three times over the course of their college career

HELP works with students seeking to maximize their college experience, needing professional advice or graduate school guidance and adults who want assistance to go back to college or on to graduate school.

-Transfer Admission Seeking Students Focus: Awareness of the requirements, major matching and preparation for for successful transition.

-1st and 2nd year college students Focus:Successful social transition and setting a solid foundation of academic success and service participation, followed by sustained academic excellence, leadership development and deeper exploratory research into potential bridges from college majors to actual career interests.

-3rd year college students and beyond Focus: Academics, service, leadership and extracurricular activities based on narrowed career interest research and selection, followed by research, job shadowing and graduate school prep to maximize future career opportunities.

-Graduate/Professional School Focus: Assistance with application preparation and completion, testing, admissions essays and interviewing prep focused on academic and social expectations, institutional fit, research agenda framing, literature comprehension, course management, thesis and dissertation tips, publishing, assistant-ships and potential pitfalls, along with identification of programs, funding, fellowship assistance and career counseling.

Cost:
Education is individual, so HELP fees are customized based on students needs and goals.
(To begin the process click here to complete the HELP Informational Survey)


There has never been an organization as comprehensive as this, designed without boundaries, open to grow as the need facilitates, having the ability to serve so many.”

Dr. Jacobs-Exford, Alabama State University.