College Bound Opportunities and Schuler Scholars
Highland Park High School is proud to partner with two programs that prepare and assist students with the college process: College Bound Opportunities and Schuler Scholars.
College Bound Opportunities
College Bound Opportunities, or CBO, recruits student participants from low and moderate-income families in Deerfield, Highland Park, and Lake Forest High Schools. Students are paired with a trained coach who helps them navigate through the college admissions process, including entrance exams and college visits. These mentors continue to coach the students during their four years at college, and students can obtain up to $4,000 in scholarship funding each year.
The not-for-profit organization is community based and community supported; this year’s Highland Park High School Charity Drive raised an incredible $201,000 for CBO. Coaches and volunteers, as well as the majority of CBO’s financial support, comes from the five communities serving District 113.
Schuler Scholar Program
The Schuler Scholar Program equips high-achieving and underrepresented students to gain access to and succeed at highly selective colleges and beyond. Schuler Scholars are typically first-generation college-bound, are students of color, or come from low-income families. To date, Schuler has helped more than 1,600 first-generation students, students of color, and low-income students in Chicago and Milwaukee on their path to college and beyond.
In 2009, Highland Park High School was selected by the Schuler Family Foundation to become a partner in the Schuler Scholar program. To date, the Schuler Program at HPHS has celebrated over 50 students matriculating to highly-selective colleges and universities. During their time in high school, Schuler provides one-on-one coaching to support and enrich students in their work. Families and Scholars participate in college visits and work one-on-one with our College Counselor through the entire college application process.
Cheryl Smith, School Director
Noelle Dela Cruz