College Partnership Program (CPP)

College Partnership Program (CPP) assist high school students who are traditionally underrepresented in higher education by providing students with monthly sessions and workshops.

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About the College Partnership Program

The goal of the College Partnership Program (CPP) is to increase the number of students, particularly first-generation and traditionally underrepresented students, that enroll and succeed in college.

Each year, there is an application process for the College Partnership Program. Interested students should contact their counselor at their local high school.

For more information about the program interested students, parents, and guardians can contact their school counselors, school based CPP advocates, middle school contacts or Lakeyta Smith (Educational Specialist, College Success Program) at 571-423-4413.

Services provided by the College Partnership Program include:

  • Academic counseling.
  • College visits.
  • Help with completing college and scholarship applications.
  • Monthly meetings.
  • Parent education sessions.
  • SAT preparation classes.
  • A summer overnight experience on a college campus.
  • News and information related to colleges and careers via Schoology.

Most high schools in Fairfax County have a College Partnership Program. Contact your counselor for more information.

A typical CPP student:

  • Represents a traditionally underrepresented population in higher education:
    • first generation
    • African-American
    • American Indian
    • Alaskan Native
    • Hispanic
    • limited English proficient
    • students with disabilities
    • economically disadvantaged.
  • Demonstrates the ability to maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 in core classes (weighted).
  • Is willing to pursue advanced coursework.
  • Demonstrates leadership in school or community activities.


  • Students: need to maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher in core classes and attend CPP activities.
  • Parents:
    • should attend parent meetings,
    • be aware of student CPP activities, and
    • check their student's attendance and grades.

Information for Middle School Students Only:

The College and Career Exploration (CCE) club operates as an after-school program and is open to all students. Eighth grade students interested in the high school program will apply through their club sponsor or counselor.