CollegeSpring is a national non-profit organization that provides free SAT and ACT preparation to students who are historically underrepresented in higher education, including students from low-income backgrounds, students of color, and those who would be the first in their families to attend college. Founded in the Bay Area in 2008, CollegeSpring has since helped over 30,000 students raise their test scores and gain confidence to attend college. CollegeSpring accomplishes this mission by 1) training high school teachers to provide SAT and ACT instruction during the school day to all students in a junior class and 2) managing the extensive logistical work that prevents schools from offering test prep and college access services in house. By bringing test prep directly into the classroom, where all students are, CollegeSpring expands access to formal test prep, encouraging all students to consider college as a viable option for their futures.

Age Groups Served
  • High School
Geographical Area Served
  • County San Francisco
  • State of Michigan
  • State of New York
Services Offered
  • College and Career Access and Success
  • Social Emotional Learning
Across our offices in Oakland, Los Angeles, and New York City, we strive to embody the following Core Values in our work with teachers, students, and each other: 1. Excellence Is Our Standard. We believe in the potential of people, the power of ambitious goals, and supporting each other to achieve excellence. 2. Learning Drives Us. Every day we learn, improve, adapt, and make the changes that propel our progress. 3. Challenges Are Opportunities. A can-do attitude and growth mindset can move mountains. 4. Relationships Fuel Impact. Accountability, trust, and communication are the cornerstones of the relationships, internal and external, which make our impact possible. 5. Equity is Our Aim. We center historically marginalized perspectives and continuously eliminate disparities that affect us and our work.
CollegeSpring measures program success and outcomes in four areas. Each is keyed to our core program goals, the students we serve, and the teachers who make it happen: 1. Students Served: Number of unique individual students who complete the program per year. 2. Score gains: Points increase from students' PSAT score (or baseline in-program diagnostic test) to official SAT score. 3. Increased Test Confidence: The percentage of students who meet all three benchmark metrics included in our measure of Test Confidence: a higher SAT score, increased knowledge about the test, and increased motivation and confidence to prepare for college. 4. Teacher Satisfaction: The percentage of teachers who report that they are satisfied with the training they receive before implementing our curriculum and the coaching they receive during it. These goals ensure that our program is working for individual students, that it is helping them achieve test scores that raise their college eligibility, and that it is working for school partners who administer our program.

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