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At a Glance


2018 QUICK FACTS

Enrollment

Of 2,222 Scholars:

  • 1,507 in Independent Day Schools
  • 578 in Independent Boarding Schools
  • 137 in Community Day Schools

Scholar Ethnicity

  • 63% Black/African American
  • 15% Latino/Hispanic
  • 14% Multiracial/Biracial
  • 8% Asian/Pacific Islander

Member Schools by Type

Of 352 Member Schools:

  • 220 are Independent Day Schools
  • 111 are Independent Boarding Schools
  • 21 are Community Day Schools
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On A Better Chance

  • Founded in 1963
  • Recruits students of color in grades 4 through 9
  • Only national organization of its kind

Mission and History  -  Reach and Impact

2018 CLASS PROFILE

Gender Breakdown

For Matriculated Students:

  • 59% Female
  • 41% Male

Grade Distribution

Average Grade Range:

  • 95 – 100: 33%
  • 89 – 94: 48%
  • 81 – 88: 18%
  • 75 – 80: 1%
  • ≤74: 0.2%

Admissions Statistics

  • Applications Received: 2,419
  • Students Referred: 1,008
  • Scholars Accepted: 736
  • Scholars Placed: 571
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$19 million

in Financial Aid leveraged for our new 2018 Scholars

Schools Currently Attended by A Better Chance Scholars

All of these member schools had at least three Scholars matriculate in 2018.

All

Abington Friends School

Jenkintown, Pennsylvania

Archer School for Girls, The

Los Angeles, California

Atlanta Girls’ School

Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta International School

Atlanta, Georgia

Barrie School

Silver Spring, Maryland

Bay School of San Francisco, The

San Francisco, California

Bentley School

Oakland, California

Berkeley School, The

Berkeley, California

Black Pine Circle School

Berkeley, California

Brooks School

North Andover, Massachusetts

Cate School

Carpinteria, California

Church Farm School

Exton, Pennsylvania

Clinton A Better Chance

Clinton, New York

College Preparatory School, The

Oakland, California

Convent & Stuart Hall Schools of the Sacred Heart

San Francisco, California

Cranbrook Schools

Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

Crystal Springs Uplands School

Belmont & Hillsborough, California

Darien A Better Chance

Darien, Connecticut

Deerfield Academy

Deerfield, Massachusetts

Drew School

San Francisco, California

Eastside College Preparatory School

Palo Alto, California

Edmund Burke School

Washington, District of Columbia

Episcopal High School (Virginia)

Alexandria, Virginia

Episcopal School of Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California

Friends’ Central School

Wynnewood, Pennsylvania

Galloway School, The

Atlanta, Georgia

George School

Newtown, Pennsylvania

Germantown Friends School

Philadelphia,Pennsylvania

Grace Church School

New York, New York

Groton School

Groton, Massachusetts

Hamden Hall Country Day School

Hamden, Connecticut

Harvard-Westlake Middle School

Los Angeles, California

Head-Royce School

Oakland, California

Holton-Arms School, The

Bethesda, Maryland

Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School

Atlanta, Georgia

Hopkins School

New Haven, Connecticut

Lawrenceville School, The

Lawrence Township, New Jersey

Lick-Wilmerding High School

San Francisco, California

Lovett School, The

Atlanta, Georgia

Madeira School, The

McLean, Virginia

Maret School

Washington, District of Columbia

Marin Academy

San Rafael, California

Marist School

Atlanta, Georgia

Menlo School

Atherton, California

New Roads School

Santa Monica, California

Orme School, The

Mayer, Arizona

Pace Academy

Atlanta, Georgia

Paideia School, The

Atlanta, Georgia

Phillips Academy

Andover, Massachusetts

Phillips Exeter Academy

Exeter, New Hampshire

Pingry School, The

Bernards Township, New Jersey

Poly Prep Country Day School

Brooklyn, New York

Polytechnic School

Pasadena, California

Potomac School, The

McLean, Virginia

Princeton Day School

Princeton, New Jersey

Prospect Sierra School

El Cerrito, California

Radnor A Better Chance

Radnor, Pennsylvania

Redwood Day School

Oakland, California

Sage Hill School

Newport Coast, California

San Francisco University High School

San Francisco, California

St. Andrew’s School

Middletown, Delaware

St. Margaret's School

Tappahannock, Virginia

Tabor Academy

Marion, Massachusetts

Thacher School, The

Ojai, California

The Agnes Irwin School

Rosemont, Pennsylvania

The Athenian School

Danville, California

The Kew-Forest School

Queens, New York

Urban School of San Francisco

San Francisco, California

Waldorf School of Atlanta

Decatur, Georgia

Walker School, The

Marietta, Georgia

Webb Schools, The

Claremont, California

Wesleyan School

Peachtree Corners, Georgia

Westminster Schools, The

Atlanta, Georgia

West Nottingham Academy

Colora, Maryland

Westridge School for Girls

Pasadena, California

Westtown School

West Chester, Pennsylvania

Woodberry Forest School

Woodberry Forest, Virginia

Woodside Priory School

Portola Valley, California

Woodward Academy

College Park, Georgia

Middle States

Abington Friends School

Jenkintown, Pennsylvania

Barrie School

Silver Spring, Maryland

Church Farm School

Exton, Pennsylvania

Cranbrook Schools

Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

Edmund Burke School

Washington, District of Columbia

Episcopal High School (Virginia)

Alexandria, Virginia

Friends’ Central School

Wynnewood, Pennsylvania

George School

Newtown, Pennsylvania

Germantown Friends School

Philadelphia,Pennsylvania

Holton-Arms School, The

Bethesda, Maryland

Lawrenceville School, The

Lawrence Township, New Jersey

Madeira School, The

McLean, Virginia

Maret School

Washington, District of Columbia

Pingry School, The

Bernards Township, New Jersey

Potomac School, The

McLean, Virginia

Princeton Day School

Princeton, New Jersey

Radnor A Better Chance

Radnor, Pennsylvania

St. Andrew’s School

Middletown, Delaware

St. Margaret's School

Tappahannock, Virginia

The Agnes Irwin School

Rosemont, Pennsylvania

West Nottingham Academy

Colora, Maryland

Westtown School

West Chester, Pennsylvania

Woodberry Forest School

Woodberry Forest, Virginia

Northeast

Brooks School

North Andover, Massachusetts

Clinton A Better Chance

Clinton, New York

Darien A Better Chance

Darien, Connecticut

Deerfield Academy

Deerfield, Massachusetts

Grace Church School

New York, New York

Groton School

Groton, Massachusetts

Hamden Hall Country Day School

Hamden, Connecticut

Hopkins School

New Haven, Connecticut

Phillips Academy

Andover, Massachusetts

Phillips Exeter Academy

Exeter, New Hampshire

Poly Prep Country Day School

Brooklyn, New York

Tabor Academy

Marion, Massachusetts

The Kew-Forest School

Queens, New York

Northwest

Bay School of San Francisco, The

San Francisco, California

Bentley School

Oakland, California

Berkeley School, The

Berkeley, California

Black Pine Circle School

Berkeley, California

College Preparatory School, The

Oakland, California

Convent & Stuart Hall Schools of the Sacred Heart

San Francisco, California

Crystal Springs Uplands School

Belmont & Hillsborough, California

Drew School

San Francisco, California

Eastside College Preparatory School

Palo Alto, California

Head-Royce School

Oakland, California

Lick-Wilmerding High School

San Francisco, California

Marin Academy

San Rafael, California

Menlo School

Atherton, California

Prospect Sierra School

El Cerrito, California

Redwood Day School

Oakland, California

San Francisco University High School

San Francisco, California

Urban School of San Francisco

San Francisco, California

Woodside Priory School

Portola Valley, California

Southeast

Atlanta Girls’ School

Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta International School

Atlanta, Georgia

Galloway School, The

Atlanta, Georgia

Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School

Atlanta, Georgia

Lovett School, The

Atlanta, Georgia

Marist School

Atlanta, Georgia

Pace Academy

Atlanta, Georgia

Paideia School, The

Atlanta, Georgia

Waldorf School of Atlanta

Decatur, Georgia

Walker School, The

Marietta, Georgia

Wesleyan School

Peachtree Corners, Georgia

Westminster Schools, The

Atlanta, Georgia

Woodward Academy

College Park, Georgia

Southwest

Archer School for Girls, The

Los Angeles, California

Cate School

Carpinteria, California

Episcopal School of Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California

Harvard-Westlake Middle School

Los Angeles, California

New Roads School

Santa Monica, California

Orme School, The

Mayer, Arizona

Polytechnic School

Pasadena, California

Sage Hill School

Newport Coast, California

Thacher School, The

Ojai, California

The Athenian School

Danville, California

Webb Schools, The

Claremont, California

Westridge School for Girls

Pasadena, California

A Better Chance put me on the path to have options that allowed me to travel around the world ten times over and currently have my dream job.

Michael Gary
Head of the Friends Select School, Nonprofit Founder, and Life-Long Learner &
A Better Chance Alumnus in Pomfret School's Class of 1982
96%

of A Better Chance graduating high school seniors immediately enrolled in college

83%

of Alumni have earned a Bachelor’s degree

50%

of Alumni have earned a Master’s or other
professional degree

Alumni Accomplishments

Most Popular Colleges and Universities

In the last 55 years, fifty or more Alumni matriculated from the following highly selective and national institutions:

Amherst College (115)
Barnard College (126)
Boston College (89)
Boston University (193)
Brown University (249)*
Bucknell University (52)
Carleton College (102)
Case Western Reserve University (78)
Colgate University (85)
Columbia University (320)*
Connecticut College (76)
Cornell University (221)*
Dartmouth College (176)
Duke University (162)

Emory University (105)
Fordham University (96)
George Washington University (110)
Georgetown University (126)
Harvard University (279)*
Hobart & William Smith Colleges (75)
Howard University (198)*
Morehouse College (89)
New York University (214)*
Northeastern University (100)
Northwestern University (112)
Oberlin College (119)

Occidental College (81)
Ohio State University (59)
Ohio Wesleyan University (58)
Pomona College (71)
Princeton University (143)
Rutgers University (104)
Spelman College (90)
Stanford University (197)
Syracuse University (139)
Temple University (83)
Trinity College (CT) (92)
Tufts University (214)*
University of California, Berkeley (131)

University of California, Los Angeles (79)
University of Massachusetts, Amherst (61)
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (65)
University of Pennsylvania (410)*
University of Rochester (71)
University of Southern California (142)
University of Virginia (130)
Vassar College (95)
Wellesley College (88)
Wesleyan University (272)*
Williams College (142)
Yale University (219)*

* Denotes top 10 institutions with the highest A Better Chance Alumni matriculation rates

2018 Alumni Destinations

The class of 2018 included 368 graduates, and 99% of them went directly on to undergraduate studies after high school. 
Three or more students matriculated at each of the following institutions:

American University (6)
Barnard College (5)
Bates College (3)
Binghamton University (3)
Boston College (7)
Boston University (3)
Brown University (5)
Chapman University (3)
Claremont McKenna College (5)
The College of New Jersey (3)
Columbia University (3)

Cornell University (6)
Franklin & Marshall College (3)
George Washington University (5)
Georgia State University (8)
Grinnell College (3)
Hampton University (3)
Harvard University (5)
Howard University (8)
Lewis & Clark College (3)
Loyola Marymount University (4)
Loyola University New Orleans (3)

Marist College (3)
Massachusetts Institute
of Technology (4)
New York University (10)
North Carolina A&T State University (3)
Northeastern University (3)
Northwestern University (4)
Oberlin College (3)
Princeton University (4)
University of California, Irvine (3)
University of California, Santa Cruz (3)

University of Connecticut (4)
University of Pennsylvania
(12)
University of Redlands (3)
University of Richmond (3)
University of San Francisco (3)
University of Southern California (9)
Williams College (5)
Yale University (3)