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A Better Chance

  • A Better Chance
  • 253 W. 35th Street, 6th Floor
  • New York, NY 10001
  • (646) 346-1310
  • 1963
  • Alan Heaps
  • National Director, College Preparatory Schools Program
  • (646) 346-1358

Program Description

A Better Chance helps academically-talented students of color access the best educational opportunities for middle school and high school. Our College Preparatory Schools Program (CPSP) nationally recruits, places, and supports students enrolled in grades 4 through 9 at more than 300 independent day, boarding, and select public schools.

We do not provide scholarships, but for over 50 years we have specialized in helping families navigate the admissions process for college preparatory schools in order to obtain a quality education - which includes orienting families to financial aid processes and leveraging scholarship funds on their behalf.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Leadership development
  • Mentoring
  • Parent/family services

Demographics

Race & Ethnicity

  • Asian or Pacific Islander: 8%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 16%
  • Other: 14%
  • African American: 62%

Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 0
  • Middle School: 1111
  • Elementary School: 1111
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically High-performing

First-Generation

  • Less than 25%

Representative
Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Amherst College (117)
  • Barnard College (128)
  • Boston College (90)
  • Boston University (200)
  • Brown University (257)
  • Bucknell University (52)
  • Carleton College (103)
  • Case Western Reserve University (80)
  • Colgate University (85)
  • Columbia University in the City of New York (328)
  • Connecticut College (76)
  • Cornell University (223)
  • Dartmouth College (178)
  • Duke University (164)
  • Emory University (111)
  • Fordham University (97)
  • George Washington University (113)
  • Harvard College (283)
  • Hobart William Smith Colleges (75)
  • Howard University (213)
  • Morehouse College (91)
  • New York University (224)
  • Northeastern University (102)
  • Northwestern University (113)
  • Oberlin College (122)

Matriculation & Completion

  • 4-yr College Graduation: 85%