Photo Credit: Ingenuity Prep PCS
Ingenuity Prep PCS held its second annual college visits field trip for kindergarten through 3rd grade students, with 240 student participants across grade levels. Ingenuity Prep is seeking to create an affinity for postsecondary education at an early age by providing exposure to the city's colleges and universities that are inclusive to first-generation, economically disadvantaged, and underrepresented populations. The primary goals of the college visits are to increase early college awareness for their young students, foster parent involvement, and build relationships with local college partners.
“The visit was really awesome,” said Lindsay Black, 3rd grade teacher, when describing her classroom’s visit to Georgetown University. “The greatest thing, though, about the field trip wasn’t the tour around the beautiful campus or playing in the Hoya’s gym. It was walking back to the bus that afternoon and listening to our kids talk about college in a very attainable and enthusiastic way. They were debating which universities were their favorites and sharing which college they want to attend when they’re ‘grown up’. It was totally inspiring.”