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Pass With Flying Colors

  • Pass With Flying Colors
  • 4300 N. Knox Ave.
  • Chicago, IL 60641
  • 773-202-7932
  • 2010

Program Description

Pass With Flying Colors (PWFC) prepares Chicago's under-resourced high school students to be successful in college and attain their college degree. PWFC scholars will be the first in their family to attend college; most are from low-income families. For PWFC students, a college degree is life-changing.

PWFC integrates academic enrichment, leadership development and college readiness in a four-year program. Students (the "cohort") work together after school on academics, reading enrichment, ACT/SAT test prep, and college access. Each cohort participates in experiential trips that develop leadership skills and contribute to their personal college-going vision. The experiential trips include field trips to civic and cultural institutions in Chicago, and multi-day/night trips for college-going preparation. Finally, each cohort conducts a community service project every school year; the service project culminates in the scripting and production of a public service announcement. This multi-dimensional program produces high school graduates who are resilient, self-confident and college-ready.

PWFC's ultimate goal for each student is a degree from a four-year college. PWFC provides ongoing support during college, especially in their first year as they transition to their new environment and life away from their home community, family, and friends.

Selection nto the PWFC program takes place in the spring semester of a student's 8th grade school year. Student qualifications include:

  • First-generation college bound in their family
  • Academic achievement
  • College aspiration and motivation to succeed

Students must complete a multi-part application that includes two teacher references and a hand-written personal statement. Students and a parent/guardian attend a 30-minute interview with PWFC staff to expand on the information they provided in their application. PWFC selects up to 20 new students every spring to enter the 9th grade cohort.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Arts and cultural
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • College transition and retention support
  • Community service/service hours
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Leadership development
  • Mentoring
  • Parent/family services
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation
  • Science, tech, engineering, & math (STEM)


Race & Ethnicity

  • Asian or Pacific Islander: 2%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 96%
  • African American: 2%

Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 31
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk
  • Academically High-performing


  • More than 75%