The Alumni Success Program was launched in the fall of 2016 as a way to engage and support recent Church Farm School graduates. Ideally, all of our boys will attend college immediately after high school and finish college in four years.
The transition to college life for students can be difficult, and nationally, the percentage of male students who graduate in six years is 56%. With this statistic in mind, and the reality that many of our students are the first in their families to attend college, Church Farm School developed the new Alumni Success Program which supports recent graduates as they navigate their college careers.
The team maintains connections with 200 graduates quarterly, and provides support, mentorship and guidance to help keep them on track. We support students in their course selections, give advice managing student-professor relationships, help students create schedules and structure to support their study needs and offer a listening ear when they are homesick.
With seed funding from the Oprah Winfrey Charitable Foundation, the Hamilton Family Foundation, the Church of the Redeemer and the Charter Foundation, the program is already making a verifiable difference. College persistence and graduation rates have significantly increased at Church Farm School, and are on track to get better each year. In all areas of academic success, Church Farm Students continue to excel.