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College is Real (CIR) provides academic counseling, tutoring, mentoring, motivation, accountability and resources to students at Richmond High School in Richmond, California.

CIR’s staff and mentors focus on improving academic performance, understanding of college opportunities and monitoring the college application process in order the help the mostly Latino student membership become the first in their families to attend and graduate from college.

The goal of the program is to have as many students as possible gain admittance to four-year colleges, attend four-year and two-year colleges, and ultimately graduate from college. CIR wants to change the goals and success outlook of its students so they can ultimately achieve their dreams and change the lives of their families and communities.

College Is Real has a proven success recordProven Success
Changing the education culture

100%  CIR students who graduate from high school

30%   Richmond High dropout rate

80 - 95%  Four-year college acceptance rate of CIR students

10%  Four-year college acceptance rate of Richmond High students

80 - 100%  College attendance rate of CIR students

Colleges Attended:

CIR Class of 2013 Successes

“A hundred years from now it will not matter what your bank account was, the sort of house you lived in, or the kind of car your drove… But the world may be different because you were important in the life of a child.”

- Anonymous

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College Is Real, Richmond California

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