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Graduate Success – San Miguel Program

High School & College Placement

The Graduate Success Program provides for San Miguel Program students looking to expand their high school options after graduation. The GSP continuously establishes relationships with parochial high schools, independent day schools, boarding schools and colleges that are interested in San Miguel Program students for admission on a tuition-assisted basis. The successful placement of students participating in the Graduate Success Program is merit-based. School applications and selections are determined by various factors:

  • Grade Point
  • ISEE Results
  • Athletics
  • Performing Arts
  • Music
  • Civic Duty
  • Personality

The After School Program, for students in local public high school or local parochial high schools, enables graduates to come back to San Miguel Program for tutoring, counseling and a quiet place to complete their homework in an environment conducive to learning. GSP provides guidance to students and their families to help determine appropriate high school options. GSP assists 1st generation learners and their parents by helping them to navigate the high school admissions process.

Through our Graduate Success Program, San Miguel Program stays involved in our students’ lives with after school and summer tutoring, mentoring, job assistance, test preparation, supplemental financial assistance, and emotional support. Many of our students attend boarding school, but even those in local programs can find themselves in an unfamiliar environment with students who are from families with higher income levels and experience.

To overcome the often substantial barriers the parents face, our Graduate Success Program involves the parents in early discussions of expectations, visits to schools, discussions about finances, the importance of education, and setting realistic goals for their child. While San Miguel Program is non-tuition driven, our alumni parents are expected to contribute financially to their child’s secondary education, no matter how minimal. Committing financially has the effect of a deeper tie to the student’s success by the parents.

Older students talk to their younger counterparts talk about tools for success, and to candidly acknowledge fears and trepidations that may exist. Many of our secondary schools admit several San Miguel Program students, giving the boys a sense of brotherhood in their new setting. Our director works with the counselors at the secondary sites to ensure that our alumni are receiving the attention they need as well as making sure our students are committing themselves to the work and community of the school.

San Miguel Program provides tuition assistance annually, for all alumni in secondary and post secondary programs.

ISEE Peparatory Classes

All eighth grade students at San Miguel Academy take the review classes for the ISEE (Independent School Entrance Examination.) ISEE is a requirement for admission into an independent day school and/or boarding school. Students in all grades are working on test preparation with the help of an online program called Test Innovators. This program allows students to take practice exams, which are then analyzed and an individualized preparation plan is created for each student. Students are given time in school and have access to the program outside of school as well.

Our Partnerships

Blue Ridge School

Boys Town

Canterbury School

Church Farms School

Dutchess Community College

Excelsior Academy

Fairfield College

Fordham Preparatory School

Friendship Christian School

College of Holy Cross

John S. Burke Catholic High School

Kean University

Loomis Caffee School

Marist College

Mercy College

Milton Hershey School

Mount Saint Mary College

Newburgh Free Acadmeny West

Nichols College

Oakwood Friends School

Our Lady of Lourdes High School

Niagara University

Perkiomen School

Saint Basil Academy

Salisbury School

St. Benedicts Preparatory School

St. Bonaventure University***

Suffield Academy

SUNY Maritime College

SUNY Orange Community College

The Harvey School

The Hotchkiss School

The Marvelwood School

The Mount Academy

The Storm King School

The Taft School

The Woodhall School

Trinity Pawling School

Wallkill High School