Unmet Promises: High-Achieving, Low-Income Students

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Unmet Promises is an occasional series examining the challenges facing disadvantaged students who show academic potential.


Place-Based Lessons Help Rural Schools Engage Gifted Students

Researchers and educators are collaborating in 13 rural Virginia districts to develop lessons that speak to academically promising students through their surroundings. Read the Story

Disadvantaged Students Outnumbered at Top Public Boarding Schools

Academic and emotional supports are needed to help gifted students from low-income families thrive at public residential schools. Read the Story


Poorest Students Often Miss Out on Gifted Classes

A combination of factors keeps academically talented low-income students from getting the advanced instruction they need to reach their full potential.
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N.J. Gifted School Serves Mostly Poor, Minority Students

At the Paterson Academy for the Gifted and Talented, teachers say students’ diverse backgrounds deepen learning for everyone. Read the Story

Selective High Schools Struggle to Diversify Enrollments

Leaders of elite public high schools are banding together to find ways to enroll more students from low-income families and underrepresented minority groups. Read the Story


Ariz. Charter Helps Point Rural Students to College

By building on its Navajo students' culture, the STAR School is giving some graduates the confidence to seek a college education far from home.
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Changes Forecast for Federal College-Aid Form

Concerns that too many qualified students are missing out on financial assistance have prompted calls to make the FAFSA process easier and more accessible. Read the Story


For Some Immigrant Students, Culture Bears on College Choice

High-achieving students from immigrant families face a complex set of considerations in finding the right college. Read the Story

College Scout Mines Below-the-Radar Schools for Diverse Talent

A recruiter for highly selective Gettysburg College scours schools for high-achieving low-income and minority prospects. Read the Story