College Success Program Overview

Preparing students for success in higher education.

Many, but not all, College Success Program (CSP) students are the first in their family to attend college and do not have the financial means to attend without significant support.

The four programs available in FCPS are:

  • Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)
  • The Early Identification Program (EIP)

  • The College Partnership Program (CPP)

  • Pathway to the Baccalaureate and Pathway Connection

These programs prepare students for the academic rigor of college course work, help students with the college application process, and provide enrichment experiences to build the resilience that is so often needed to successfully graduate.

Together, the programs offer a variety of services that include:

  • Assistance with the college application process
  • Field trips to college campuses
  • Goal setting and career exploration
  • Monitoring of academic performance
  • Tutoring

Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)

The mission of AVID is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. AVID’s goal is to ensure that students capable of completing a college preparatory path will: succeed in the most rigorous curriculum, actively participate in the school community, enroll in a four-year college, become educated and responsible participants and leaders in a democratic society.

Additional information about AVID is available online and on AVID’s national website.

College Partnership Program (CPP)

The College Partnership Program (CPP) assist students who are traditionally underrepresented in higher education (first generation, African-American, American Indian, Alaskan Native, Hispanic, limited English proficient, students with disabilities or economically disadvantaged students), who demonstrate the ability to maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 (weighted), and/or who are willing to pursue advanced coursework and demonstrate leadership in school or community activities.

Early Identification Program (EIP)

The Early Identification Program (EIP) aims to provide first generation students with the tools and support needed to become college ready by accepting nominations of seventh grade students who are prospective first-generation college students, and who demonstrate the ability to maintain a minimum GPA of 3.2. Students located at Glasgow, Holmes, Jackson, Lanier, Poe, Sandburg, or Whitman Middle Schools may be nominated by a teacher, coach, or mentor. Additional information about EIP is available online and on George Mason University's Early Identification Program Page.

GMU Contact: 703-993-3120

Pathway Connection and Pathway to the Baccalaureate

Pathway Connection and Pathway to the Baccalaureate are a combination of straightforward, common sense elements that form a structured support system for students beginning in high school, continuing through community college, and on to a four-year college and baccalaureate degree. The key to Pathway’s success is its student-centered model, which builds an ongoing relationship between students and their counselors, faculty members, and peers across educational institutions to sustain students throughout their college experience.

Additional information about Pathway to the Baccalaureate and Pathway Connection is available online. For a more detailed description of the program please use Northern Virginia Community College’s – College Pathway Initiative Page.

Pathway Contact: 703-330-3000

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