At the heart of the Project GRAD Los Angeles model is one to one advising with over 1,000 high school and college students. Highly trained Project GRAD Advisors are embedded in high schools providing the college knowledge, academic tools, and social emotional competencies needed to ensure college success.
Of the seven high schools where Project GRAD is embedded – Arleta High School, Cesar Chavez Learning Academies (four schools on one campus), San Fernando High School and Sylmar High School – only one has a part-time college counselor and the other three have no college counselors at all. Statewide, the ratio of student to counselor averages 945:1, (CA Department of Education), and nationally, only 8% of all high school guidance counselors have any specific training in college access (U.S. Department of Education). Project GRAD fills a critical gap for first generation, low-income college-bound students who need dedicated, individual attention, especially during the pivotal period from senior year into freshman year of college.