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SAIL: Seniors Achieving in Life
SAIL (Seniors Achieving in Life) is a rewarding and effective program pairing adults with seniors needing assistance navigating the college and technical school application process. Started in 2013 with support from the Sandy Springs Education Force (SSEF), the program reaches 40-50 students each year. Longtime partner SSEF pays the testing and application fees for students for whom those fees present a hardship.
During spring semester, volunteer adults will meet on campus one or two hours per week with their assigned student at a mutually agreed upon time. The program usually runs from late January through March. The Counseling Center trains the adult volunteers and provides assistance during the program.
Counselors identify SAIL candidates as those who possess the grades and determination to pursue post-secondary education but who, by the middle of their senior year, have not begun the application process. Mentors work with students on a weekly basis, assisting them in applying for required testing, such as SAT, ACT, or ACCUPLACER. Over the course of the two-months, adults guide the students through the process of filling out admissions documents, writing essays, requesting transcripts, completing financial aid documentation, and applying for scholarships. Mentors are volunteers from the community; many are current Riverwood parents, a few are former Riverwood parents, but a number are not directly connected to the school.
Questions? Contact College & Career Counselor Roxie Garber (Garber@fultonschools.org)