San Francisco’s Catholic College Preparatory schools admit students under a policy that is “need blind.”
Qualified low-income Students of color from Catholic elementary schools are applying for admission to Catholic College Prep schools in the City in growing numbers, well-equipped for the rigorous demands ahead. The schools recognize their ability and accepts them.
But the College Prep schools have insufficient endowments to provide financial assistance for all the qualified low income Students of color they accept. The resulting financial aid offers fall below the real and actual needs of many of these students. They are not rejected, they are not turned away, but the effect is the same. They are unable to attend the Catholic College Prep school they have chosen, for which they have arduously prepared, and which has accepted them, because the financial aid offered to them is insufficient. The endowment model does not appear to be able to realistically meet the increasing demand for financial aid at Catholic College Preparatory Schools in San Francisco.
The New Roads “pay as you go” program proposes to provide immediate, sufficient, direct financial support to qualified, prepared low-income, Students of color to allow them to attend San Francisco Catholic College Preparatory Schools now.
New Roads is born from frustration at the loss of proven talent unable to afford a Catholic secondary school education in San Francisco, and is dedicated to immediate results, help for students enrolling in Catholic College Preparatory Schools this coming academic year. Now.
In an environment of income disparity, we consider the best, quickest way to bridge the resulting opportunity gap is to unlock educational prospects. We envision a level of financial assistance enough to support every qualified Catholic College Prep applicant with economic need, and to ensure that the student population at the school will reflect the income and ethnic diversity of the SF Bay Area.