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2015 College March Celebrates EL Education Seniors

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    April Hattori

This month, hundreds of high school seniors from 16 EL Education network schools participated in the 2015 College March, taking the next important step in their journey--applying to college. Recognized by President Barack Obama in his 2014 State of the Union address, the College March originated with the NYC Outward Bound Schools network which implements the EL Education model, and has since spread to schools across the country.

What is the College March? This year, December 11th was the special designated day when seniors in College March schools walked to their local post offices to mail their college applications. Cheered on by their peers, teachers, families, local elected officials, and other members of their community, high school seniors participating in the March were celebrated as they prepare for the next stage in their lives. At the same time, they inspired younger students to follow in their path.

Congratulations to the seniors in the following EL Education network schools that joined the March:

Now in its fifth year, the College March has inspired EL Education schools nationwide. The March:

  • Symbolizes the perseverance and resilience of EL Education students, many of whom are the first in their families to attend college.
  • Celebrates students achieving more than they thought possible within their school and community.
  • Fosters an inspiring, college-bound culture for their younger peers.

Within EL Education schools, 100% college acceptance is the standard; it is the goal toward which we work for every student, regardless of family background. From the day they enter an EL Education network school, students are surrounded by the expectation that they are college-bound.

The College March began in 2011 at WHEELS, which is part of the NYC Outward Bound Schools network of EL Education schools. The following year, NYC Outward Bound Schools expanded the March across all eight New York City high schools implementing the EL Education model. In 2013 and 2014, the March went national and included EL Education network schools outside New York City. Any high school in the country that wants to participate can find out more at

Media Highlights from the 2015 #CollegeMarch:

Media Highlights from the 2014 #CollegeMarch:

For a complete list of all participating College March schools as well as resources for effectively producing your own College March, visit