ISA’s research-based high school model directly addresses preparation for college in the first of its seven design principles, which is the implementation of an inquiry-based college preparatory instructional program that embeds literacy and numeracy across the curriculum. ISA leadership- school development and content area coaches collaborate with principals and teachers to help them provide students with a rigorous, inquiry-based curriculum and instructional program that is aligned with the Common Core State Standards and focuses on the skills and knowledge students will need for success in college. In addition to this academic focus, teachers and principals help students develop the habits of mind and habits of work they will need for post-secondary achievement.

The ISA model includes support for the college preparation process, including counseling, campus visits, college application and admissions exam preparation, guidance on scholarships and financial aid, and parent information – all of which encourage students to view themselves as future college students and provide them and their families with the information for college admission. Many ISA schools also partner with postsecondary institutions to offer students the opportunity to enroll in college courses while still in high school so they can experience college demands and earn college credit early.

For more information about ISA’s principles and how they promote college readiness, click here to download our Seven Principles brochure.