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.

College Partnership Program logo

About the College Partnership Program

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

Services provided by the College Partnership Program include:

  • Academic counseling.
  • College visits.
  • Assistance 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 FCPS's 24-7 (Blackboard) site

Every traditional high school in Fairfax County has a school-based College Partnership program and is available in several alternative and nontraditional high schools.

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, or 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 are expected to maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 in core classes and attend CPP activities. Parents are expected to attend parent meetings, be aware of student CPP activities and monitor their student's attendance and grades.
  • Each year, there is a recruitment drive for the College Partnership Program. The program is selective and participants are chosen through an application process. Interested students should contact the Director of Student Services at their local high school.

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 apply for membership in their high school CPP program through their middle school CCE representative.