Montgomery County boasts one of the finest public school systems in the nation, yet some students never go to college, and many who do never graduate. Standardized tests, application essays, and financial aid forms can prove daunting for low-income households and first-generation-to-college students and families. Serving everyone in its partner schools who needs help no screening for grades or test scores CollegeTracks helps students articulate their goals, choose the right schools, prepare for tests, and negotiate financial aid packages. Last year 99% of CollegeTracks seniors were accepted to college or vocational school, 50% to four-year colleges. Crafting a thorough plan for classes and extracurriculars, and providing personal and academic support throughout the college years, helps students persist at rates equal to their more affluent peers (and better than the national average). You can give these scholars the tools they need to succeed.

Headquarters: MD-Montgomery County

Where They Operate: MD-Montgomery County; CollegeTracks works with Wheaton HS, Bethesda-Chevy Chase HS and Watkins Mill HS students.

Age Groups Served: Pre-teen/teen (12-17)

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Asian American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic; Other

Population(s) Served: Students; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members

Schools They Work In: Wheaton HS, Bethesda-Chevy Chase HS and Watkins Mill HS

Awards & Recognition

2015-White House Bright Spot Award for Educational Excellence in Service to the Hispanic Community
2015-Nonprofit of the Year Award from Montgomery County, MD, Department of Economic Development
2010 College Access Executive Leadership Award from the National College Access Network - October 2010
Received a 12th Annual Distinguished Service to Public Education Award from the Montgomery County Public Schools Board of Education - October 2008


Budget (FY2023)

  • $3 million or higher
  • The current budget for CollegeTracks is: $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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