enroll in college or post-secondary programs



enroll in college or post-secondary programs

Why is College Access & Enrollment a Milestone?

The great majority of our students need an education beyond high school. It is well documented that every year of post-secondary education increases the economic security and wellbeing of those who enroll and complete college or a post-secondary program.

when the system doesn't work

  • Students become frustrated with school or disconnected and do not find a pathway to college.
  • College or post-secondary learning is discouraged by actors within the educational eco-system.
  • Students lack access to quality affordable test prep
  • Students do not have the resources to understand and apply for Financial Aid/Scholarships

when the system works

  • College is encouraged and integrated into class choices, counseling, university visits and other activities.
  • If students or their families need help paying for school the resources to understand and apply for Financial Aid/Scholarships are readily available.
  • Students have access to high quality test preparation for college entrance exams such as the SAT.

The Data Story

The Data Story


Though a good percentage of our students enroll in post-secondary, those furthest from opportunity do not.  

Our goal here is NOT to have every student in Marin enroll but to close the gap between the groups that comprise our community.  We know that some students will not go to college, but we don’t want their zip code or color of their skin to predict whether or not they do.

When examining College Enrollment Data in Marin County, 77%  of Marin County’s 2015 high school class enrolled in college in the first fall following graduation.

These large percentage gaps translate to significant numbers of students who are not enrolling in college or post secondary programs.  Our current data suggests that there are approximately 450 students who did not hitting this important milestone. These are our target students.

As the data from Marin County's 2015 high school class shows, things are getting better but there is still much work to be done.

When the system isn't working

Some population groups, particularly those that face structural barriers, are enrolling at significantly lower rates. 

68% of Hispanic/Latino students69% of African American students, 67% of Economically Disadvantaged** graduates, and 70% of students who are English Language Learners enrolled in college or post-secondary school the fall after they graduated.

It is important to keep in mind that many of these students that do enroll face the prospect of remedial courses once they do.

when the system is working

The student's for whom Marin's promise has been kept are enrolling in college or post-secondary programs at rates that already meet the goal for this milestone.

80% of White graduates84% of Asian graduates, and 80% of Non-Economically Disadvantaged** enrolled in college or post-secondary programs the first fall after graduation.

This puts them in a position to continue to hone the skills they will need to be successful later in life.


data helps show pathways to increasing enrollment

*Countywide data currently unavailable for 2012-2013 & 2013-2014 School Years

**Non-Economically Disadvantaged - students not qualifying for free or reduced lunch

Economically Disadvantaged - students qualifying for free or reduced lunch