Ulrich provided $9,000 in discretionary funding to each school, which allowed about 25 students at each to take part in free Saturday morning prep courses. The average combined score on practice tests during the program increased from 1232 to 1316 across the six schools.
All three subject areas showed gains: 42 point increase in math, 16 points in critical reading and 25 points in writing.
“By giving parents and students the chance to receive the best SAT prep available in the most convenient location," said Ulrich, "we are helping our young people gain admission to the college of their dreams.”
According to Zwillenberg, parents had long been asking for this type of course, but there simply wasn’t money in the budget for it.
“By stepping up with this funding, the council member has provided great opportunities for students who otherwise might have thought they couldn’t get into a competitive college,” he said.
Based on the success of the program and feedback from principals, teachers, students and parents, Ulrich has again allocated discretionary funding so the program can continue this year.