Apply for Santa Fe CROP
Published: Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, December 31, 2012 at 7:28 p.m.
It's never too early to prepare your child for college, so if your child is in middle or high school, why not consider a free college preparatory program offered at Santa Fe College.
SANTA FE CROP
What: Santa Fe College Reach-Out Program is accepting applications for grades 6-12.
When: Deadline is Jan. 15.
Information: Call 352-395-5268 or visit www.sfcollege.edu/crop/.
The Santa Fe College Reach-Out Program, or CROP, is a state-funded program that offers after-school tutoring, academic counseling, mentoring and a summer enrichment program to help students graduate from high school and succeed in college.
And CROP is now accepting applications for students in grades 6-12, but hurry because the deadline in Jan. 15.
Tarcha Rentz, director of the program, said after-school tutoring, which is provided by University of Florida and Santa Fe students, is offered from 4-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Santa Fe Blount Center at 401 NW 6th St. and from 3:30-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday at the northwest campus at 3000 NW 83rd St.
"What makes our program unique is that we work with middle school students also," Rentz said.
CROP offers homework help and test preparation classes for the FCAT and the ACT, a college entrance exam. CROP students will receive academic counseling, mentoring and assistance with college applications and parents will receive informational workshops to help them assist their children.
Rentz said ACT preparation classes will be offered from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 5, Jan. 12 and Jan. 19 at Mount Carmel Baptist Church at 2505 NE 8th Ave.
"Students are encouraged to take the ACT while in middle school and not wait until they're in high school," said Rentz, adding that by taking the ACT test early, students get familiar with the vocabulary and language and have a chance of doing better when they take the ACT in high school.
FCAT preparation classes will be offered from 5:30-7 p.m. Jan. 22, Jan. 29, Feb. 5, Feb. 12, Feb. 19 and Feb. 26, also at Mount Carmel. "The FCAT can be very stressful for parents and their children," Rentz said. The next parent workshop will be held from 7-8 p.m. Jan. 14 at the Blount Center.
Participation in CROP requires that students are potential first-generation college students, have a grade point average below 2.5, score low on the FCAT or be enrolled in the free or reduced lunch program or other government assistance.
To qualify, Rentz said students should meet one academic requirement and one financial requirement. To apply, visit www.sfcollege.edu/crop and click on application. Those interested also can call 352-395-5268 or visit the guidance office at their school.
Rentz recommends students apply for CROP even if they think they may not meet requirements because there are other programs at Santa Fe for which they may be eligible.
"If a student doesn't qualify for the program," Rentz said, "we will make the effort to refer them to a program for which they're potentially eligible that will prepare them for college."
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