Naaman Forest High School’s effort to help students achieve their dreams has received recognition on an international scale. Hobsons, the global leader in college and career readiness technology, named the campus the Naviance College and Career Readiness winner in the 2017 Hobsons Education Advances Awards.
“We are thrilled to recognize Naaman Forest High School for its commitment to leveraging technology to empower students in pursuit of their academic goals and post-high school plans,” said Kate Cassino, CEO of Hobsons.
With the help of Naviance, a college and career readiness tool, NFHS worked to increase college application and FAFSA completion rates. The campus saw a double-digit increase in the number of student-submitted FAFSA applications during 2016-17. It also tracked a significant increase in the number of Rangers receiving grants and scholarships.
“We found out that only 33 percent of our students were completing the FAFSA when school started. When you’re at a school where 51 percent are on free and reduced lunch, that was a no-brainer,” said NFHS lead academic counselor Rhonda Ramirez. “We use Naviance as a way to show students to look at colleges, and then to plug in the FAFSA so they can see that there is that potential for them to move on—whether to a community college or university.”
In addition to the esteemed recognition, Naaman will receive a cash prize to support other college and career readiness initiatives, including creating a space where counselors are able to meet with students and families to provide comprehensive readiness training and instruction.