Due to the
Covid-19 pandemic, an increasing number of colleges and universities are
waiving the American College Testing (ACT) and Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT)
as part of their fall 2021 admissions process.
The SAT and ACT
tests will not only be optional for students, but most colleges are also not
requiring students to take the exams to be considered for admission.
“This presents a
great opportunity for students,” HISD Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer
Rick Cruz said. “This allows them to demonstrate that they are academically
capable in different ways.”
COVID-19 has presented several educational challenges that
have exacerbated gaps in student learning, but two Carnegie Vanguard High
School students saw it as an opportunity for positive change.
During the pandemic, juniors Aadhav Jai Murugesh and Levi Chen created Numerly, which provides easy-to-access, free tutoring services for students grades 3-8. Numerly’s goal is to uplift economically and medically underserved communities by making high-quality math and science education available for free.
“We wanted to do our part to help students succeed,
regardless of the circumstances,” Murugesh said. “The math and science
knowledge kids gain in elementary and middle school is crucial, and a strong
foundation ensures that more challenging subjects are attainable in high
is a fun and creative way to engage students and introduce them to a variety of
college and career options. This year’s theme is “Take Control: Explore.
Design. Launch Your Future!” Each week of the month will highlight a specific
CCR theme, including:
The official filing period for the
Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, opens October 1 for
students planning on attending college in the fall of 2021.
the FAFSA is the first step toward getting many different types of financial
aid for school and finishing the FAFSA early is the best way to
maximize college-award packages.
When applying for student aid,
timing matters. Each year, the Office of
Federal Student Aid offers more than $120 billion through grants, loans, and
work-study funds to help students pay for higher education. Priority for this
money will be given to students who apply before the priority consideration
As the 2020-21 school year approaches, HISD’s Project
Explore is preparing to meet the needs of students across the district with an
array of virtual college and career readiness programs.
Project Explore, which connects middle school students to
college and career opportunities, is planning a variety of virtual expeditions
to introduce middle school students to the skills needed for secondary,
postsecondary, and career success, including virtual college campus visits and
“The Project Explore team is up for the challenge,” Project
Explore Director Mia Bradford said. “Our advisors will continue to offer the
most meaningful experiences possible to keep students engaged and forge
connections with career and postsecondary professionals.”
Before Mykayla Clark-Jolivet could begin her high school
career at Middle College High School at HCC Fraga, her home was destroyed by
Hurricane Harvey. This was the first of many challenges she would face on her
way to graduating.
Clark-Jolivet and her family left their mold-ruined house to
live in a hotel for three months.
“I left a lot of memories behind,” Clark-Jolivet said. “I
was constantly late to school because the hotel was across town.”
As Jack Yates High School senior Ernest Russell sat on the
school’s football field for the citywide senior celebration recently, it was far
more than an event honoring his graduation from the historic school.
The celebration — marked by colorful Yates High School
masks and chairs spaced at a proper social distance — represented the
culmination of a trying journey that was marked by the loss of his father and homelessness.
“I don’t really have a word to describe it. But, if I had to
come up with one, I’d say it was challenging,” Russell said.
With the shift to online learning due
to the COVID-19 pandemic, HISD seniors have had to adjust to the abrupt interruption of
what should be the most memorable year in the course of a student’s academic
Because of this, HISD has designated
next week, May 11-15, as Senior Spirit Week to uniquely celebrate the Class of
Each day will be designated with a different theme, and everyone – whether you’re a Class of 2020 senior or a parent or teacher – is invited to take part in the daily recognition of our seniors.
Benjamin Brown has adjusted to his new online
classroom routine but says he would prefer to go
back to in-person classes to utilize his “full potential.”
Benjamin wakes up 30 minutes prior to his
first virtual class, has breakfast, and logs into the portal where the class
will take place. Afterward, he immediately gets started on the work for his
dual credit and high school classes.
“One of the two of the main challenges I am
experiencing with virtual schooling is waking up on time,” he said. “The second
is definitely an increase in the amount of work from my dual credit classes.”