College & Career Readiness

P16Plus is dedicated to improving educational outcomes for students from cradle to career. One of our focuses is in the area of College and Career Readiness, where we aim to prepare students for post-secondary education and workforce opportunities. Our initiatives are critical because by 2018, 63% of our jobs will require post-secondary education, yet less than 50% of graduating high school seniors enroll in college following graduation. The San Antonio Youth Commission is a group of city-council appointed youth whose mission is to provide an outlet for the youth to share their voice through advocacy, community service, and social media. They team up with Generation TX San Antonio, a student-led program designed to make SA a college-going and career-ready culture in one generation. We also collaborate with Education Service Center 20 in order to spread the word on House Bill 5 and new statewide graduation requirements, preparing our students for jobs in the workforce.

  • Math Matters


    On March 29, 2017, P16Plus hosted a Math Matters! Summit in partnership with E3Alliance: a collective impact partnership based in Austin, Texas. The topic of the summit was around the results from a longitudinal study conducted by E3 alliance that showcased the demographic differences in among students who take higher level mathematics courses.

    The presentation began with an explanation of the effect that taking higher level math courses has on academic outcomes including high school graduation, college enrollment, persistence and graduation within six years. Students who took higher level math courses such as Calculus II or College level courses were most likely to graduate high school on time, enroll, persist and graduate from college within six years.

    The cohort that was examined was a group of 9th-grade students in Bexar County tracked beginning in 2006. As an example of the outcomes gap, the data tells us that students whose highest level of math taken was less than Algebra II had a graduation rate of 56% compared to students who had taken Algebra II who were graduating at 91%. Students who took less than Algebra II as their highest math were at a 23% rate of enrollment in college versus a rate of 82% for students who took an AP, IB or Dual Credit math course and 77% for those who took PreCalculus.

    What does this mean for educational equity, you ask?


  • Math Matters Summit Presentation

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    Click here to download and view the presentation slides from our Math Matters Summit.

  • My Brother’s Keeper Moves Forward in SA


    My Brother’s Keeper, an initiative created by the Obama Administration to help boys and young men of color, took a big step forward in San Antonio on July 9th. In collaboration with other organizations dedicated to serving the needs of this population, the P16Plus Council joined in hosting a forum at Sam Houston High School Auditorium. Through this event, the collaborative hoped to raise awareness about My Brother’s Keeper-San Antonio and educate the attendees about the need for this initiative and the importance of community support for its success. (more…)

  • SAT/ACT Participation Rate Is Up

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    Our 2014 Community Impact Report Card (CIRC) reveals that as a whole, Bexar County ISDs have surpassed the state in the rate at which students take college entrance exams (SAT/ACT). For example, Harlandale Independent School District (Harlandale ISD) doubled its SAT/ACT participation rate increasing to 98% from 50% the previous year.  (more…)

  • ON BOARD: Destination College 2015

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    Destination College kicked off at San Antonio’s Downtown Central Library on Monday, April 27, 2015 with over 100 students and community partners in attendance.


  • Pathways Endorsed Through P16Plus

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    House Bill 5: Communicating the New Graduation Plan

    House Bill 5 is the formal legislation passed by Congress in the state of Texas that is aimed at creating greater flexibility for high school students, while laying a foundation for alignment with higher education and workforce needs. This is done through the adjusting of high school graduation requirements. (more…)

  • Get ready to show your college spirit!


    Tuesday, April 1, 2015- San Antonio is gearing up for a week-long celebration of the educational dreams of our students with Destination College Week from April 27th–May 1st. Our aim is to inspire young people to attend college and to prepare teenagers for career paths after college. (more…)

  • College Enrollment Data Moment

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    The rate at which Bexar County ISD graduates enroll in college immediately after graduation is declining steadily. For the high school graduating class of 2012, 47 percent enrolled in college, compared to the state average of 57 percent. To help close the gap, P16Plus has teamed up with partners to organize Destination College, a campaign to increase college enrollment and completion in Bexar County. (more…)

  • Destination College: Get Packing!

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    Destination College is San Antonio’s city-wide college celebration April 27th- May 1st, 2015.

    Now in its fifth year, Destination College encourages students of all ages to pursue higher education. Sponsored by the City of San Antonio, the week includes both in-school and out-of-school public events coordinated with over twenty community partners. (more…)

  • Mayor Taylor Leads Workforce Summit


    On Tuesday, County Judge Nelson Wolff and I hosted a workforce development summit with nearly 150 leaders in the community.  We heard from a number of industries and organizations that have built strong partnerships to improve our skilled workforce, and we renewed our commitment to collaborative, public-private strategies to improve our economic competitiveness. (more…)

  • HB5 Family & Parent Engagement Symposium


    In an effort to expose a greater number of parents to the important legislation on graduation requirements, known as House Bill 5, P16Plus teamed up with Region 20  to provide materials and interactive engagement surrounding how to inform their kids and get them prepared. (more…)

  • Can I get a F-A-F-S-A!

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    The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is officially out and ready to be completed by SA’s college-bound.


  • House Bill 5: Communicating the Plan

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    We are excited to be teaming up with Region 20 to communicate the message on our new graduation requirements. Learn more and find free resources for parents and schools here

  • Student Ambassador opportunity at SAC


    SAC is accepting applications for individuals who want to serve as Student Ambassadors.

  • Pediatricians stress literacy development


    Pediatricians recognize the importance of literacy at a young age.

  • Chicago continues citywide Summer of Learning

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    One-of-a-kind citywide effort designed to keep kids learning all summer.


  • How Mentoring Reduces the Dropout Rate

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    Study reveals students who dropout reach out to adults first before leaving school.


  • How will you spend your Spring Break?


    Unplug your kids’ electronics and get them off the couch with these awesome Spring Break Camps. (more…)

  • Opportunity Youth helps re-engage young adults

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    Opportunity Youth is now registering students to get trained in high-demand careers. (more…)

  • A “New” Opportunity Youth Initiative


    The P16Plus Council of Greater Bexar County is working collectively with various community partners to support the Opportunity Youth Collaborative. The group is focused on re-engaging 16-24 year olds without and with high school credentials in the area and within ISDs that represent 80% of where the drop-outs are occurring. (more…)

  • Youth stay engaged with Google’s virtual camp

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    Do-It-Yourselves virtual summer camp provides youth with several engaging projects as long as they have access to a computer and internet connection.


  • Students invited to interactive tech workshops


    Teens make up one of the largest groups of technology users across the region.


  • Eagle Scout makes literacy awareness his mission


    Local high school senior brings literacy program to Haven for Hope.


  • Being College Ready Includes Financial Literacy


    Preparing students to succeed in college should also focus on teaching students how to get there. (more…)

  • Wear Your Favorite College Tee to Work/School


    We got spirit, yes we do. We got spirit, how about you?!... Show your college spirit by wearing your favorite college t-shirt to work, school or just around town.


  • College Week Includes Documentary Screening


    College Week events include a special screening of the documentary film that sends a powerful message.

  • Mayor Kicks off Second Annual College Week


    San Antonio will become College Town next week during the second Annual College Week.

  • Videoconference program bridges cultural gaps


    Social studies just got a little more interesting for high school students in the North East school district. (more…)

  • Upward Program opens college doors for many


    Without the promise of a four-year scholarship, post-secodary education might be a distant dream for many students.


  • Afterschool program changing lives


    Changing lives. That’s what Good Samaritan Community Services is doing for San Antonio’s Westside community, and Gerardo “Gerry” Flota can vouch firsthand. (more…)

  • College field trips inspire Young Achievers


    Two participants of the Young Achievers Program at Rhodes Middle School spent part of their summer out of state attending college classes. (more…)