College Readiness

  • To be ready for college, students need academic skills and the right resources to help you navigate the college experience. Working with the Success Boston College Completion Initiative, BPS is focused on ensuring every student is ready for college and career success. The new Massachusetts College and Career Readiness definition calls for all students to have the academic knowledge, experiences, and intellectual and personal qualities needed to enter into a college program or economically viable career pathway. There are many people, programs, organizations, and institutions that are ready to help you find the best information to make the right choices for college and career.   

    We encourage all students and parents to download and read our guide, at right, and take the time to check out the many resources and websites that are listed inside. Lots of the advice here comes directly from BPS graduates who have taken these steps themselves and wish to share their best advice. In college, as in life, success is up to you. It is up to you to be diligent and work with the key people who are here to help, such as guidance counselors, college advisors, teachers, community-based program staff, friends, fellow students, and family members. Together we will help you find the higher education opportunity and the career that best suits you and your dreams.

    When we put effort into something, we increase our odds of success. The more we invest in getting an education, the better our odds of achieving the life we desire. How can a college education give you a better chance at a great life? 

    • College grads are more likely to be employed than others.
    • Individuals with high levels of education earn more money.

    The few years you spend in college can mean more than a million dollars in your pocket over your lifetime. Studies show that adult women with a bachelor's degree earn 79% more than women with high school diplomas. College-educated men earn 74% more. This means that if a high school graduate has a job that pays $50,000 a year, a college graduate would earn about $85,000 per year.

    • College-educated adults are more likely than others to receive health insurance and pension benefits from their employers
    • College-educated adults are more likely to be satisfied with their jobs than people with high school diplomas.
    • College-educated parents tend to engage in more educational activities with their children, making them better prepared for school.

    For more information on why you should invest in a college education, check out Education Pays: The Benefits of Higher Education for Individuals and Society, a publication released by The College Board Advocacy & Policy Center,

    Preparing Students for College Success 

    Boston Public Schools is committed to ensuring that every student graduates from high school with the knowledge and skills to succeed in college, career, and life.

    In November 2008, Mayor Thomas M. Menino launched "Success Boston" to ensure that all Boston Public Schools graduates earn a college diploma. BPS is proud to partner with area colleges and universities and local non-profits to achieve the goals of students "Getting Ready, Getting In, Getting Through."

    Free SAT help for BPS students 

    The Boston Public Schools and the Boston Public Library offer a variety of free online resources that students can use to prepare for the SAT exam.

    • - This website customizes a personal SAT study plan for students, based on their performance on the PSAT/NMSQT exam (taken by BPS students in grades 10 and 11).
    • - This online program personalizes tutorials for students so that they can “brush up” on the academic content covered on the SAT exam.

    Practice for the SAT and other exams

    • Boston Public Library Learn-A-Test - Practice SAT exam, Civil Service, Cosmetology, Police, Firefighter, and EMS exams. Access can be granted using a BPL library card.

Contact Us

  • BPS Guidance Office

    (617) 635-8030