In 2021, CollegeTracks celebrated our largest ever cohort of graduating high school seniors and college students, despite the intense challenges our students and community faced. Between April 27 and May 4, we hosted seven virtual graduation celebrations to honor our students' achievements and to salute the community and partners who supported their successes. We are incredibly proud of our nearly 800 graduating high school seniors and almost 100 graduating college students as they move on to the next steps in their journeys.
The celebrations culminated on May 4 during our 2021 Annual Graduation Celebration, during which Eric H. Holder, Jr., 82nd Attorney General of the United States, delivered an incredibly inspiring keynote address. The celebration also featured Class of 2021 student speakers, messages from families and community leaders, and more.
Every student who graduates from high school in Montgomery County, Maryland deserves the opportunity to receive a postsecondary education regardless of his or her family income. CollegeTracks changes lives and communities by giving Montgomery County’s low-income, first-generation-to-college students the chance to go to colleges where they can succeed with enough financial aid and continued support to help them graduate.
THE COLLEGE ACCESS PROGRAM
Our Access Program helps junior and senior high school students understand their postsecondary education and career options, identify those institutions that fit each student, and complete the critical milestones of the admissions process. CollegeTracks also engages parents, advises on the selections and decisions, and provides hands-on help with financial aid and scholarship applications to help students avoid onerous debt.
THE COLLEGE SUCCESS PROGRAM
Our Success Program supports students once they begin their postsecondary education. Students learn critical success skills and develop a detailed degree plan. The coaches help students manage academic, financial, personal and social challenges they may face, and secure ongoing financial aid so they can thrive and graduate.
CollegeTracks students’ enrollment and graduation rates far exceed the average for low-income students nationally and in the MCPS.
STUDENTS SERVED EACH YEAR
Includes 1200+ high school juniors and seniors plus 600+ college students
ADMITTED TO 1 COLLEGE OR TECHNICAL SCHOOL
CollegeTracks seniors are admitted
to more than 200 higher ed institutions.
ENROLL IN COLLEGE EACH YEAR
Vs. 60% of low income students nationally
and 57% in MCPS.