Celebrity Visits


Naya visits Alliance Collins Family College Ready High School to recognize their first place finish in Get Schooled's 2014 college challenge, beating out more than 40 other high schools

Naya Rivera, recording artist and actress, celebrated success with the students and staff at Alliance Collins Family College Ready High School in Los Angeles for winning the 2014 College Challenge. As part of a friendly competition sponsored by Get Schooled and the California Student Aid Commission, the California College Challenge inspired 100% of Alliance Collins' seniors to apply to and be accepted into college for this fall ... and win the spring 2014 FAFSA completion challenge. The friendly competition was supported by the California Endowment and USA Funds and saw a 5 percent increase in FAFSA completion rates in the 44 participating schools.

Naya Rivera, a native of Los Angeles, applauded the students commitment to their success despite obstacles and challenges that stand in students' paths. Naya said, "I'm proud to have the chance to celebrate with the Alliance Collins community and the investment they have made in themselves and their futures." Get Schooled, a national non-profit, and the California Student Aid Commission, the principal California agency administering all state-authorized financial aid programs for students, sponsored the California College Challenge, designed to offer schools and students across the State highly engaging ways to explore college options, understand key requirements, and complete critical steps to accessing financial aid. According to data from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the United States has dropped from first to 11th in the world in college completion rates over the last decade. Educators have noted that a key driver in improving college completion rates is ensuring students are prepared academically and financially for college when they graduate from high school.

"Alliance Collins Family College Ready High School is an example of what can happen when an entire community comes together to support students in reaching their goals," said Marie Groark, executive director of the Get Schooled Foundation. "Get Schooled and The Commission are excited to show the school community that their hard work and commitment to creating positive futures did not go unnoticed."

A group of student leaders at Alliance Collins spearheaded the effort in their school by mobilizing their classmates to participate in the competition and apply to college and for financial aid. As a result of their efforts, Alliance Collins’ students seized the top prize, coming together to achieve a 100 percent participation rate in online activities such as chats with college experts and college exploratory sessions.

"Everything we do at Alliance Collins is aimed at helping our students successfully enroll in and complete a four-year college or university. The College Challenge was an important resource for our school, increasing buy-in from our students through college readiness information that was fun and relatable to students," explained Marco Ibarra, Assistant Principal at Alliance Collins. "Our 100% college acceptance rate is a testament to all the hard work put in by everyone in our community – both in school and out - to ensure our students are prepared for 21st century success."

About Get Schooled
Get Schooled is a non-profit organization that directly engages and motivates students to graduate from high school and succeed in college. Get Schooled is the premiere education brand for young people – linking students with high quality, cutting edge resources and tools they need to succeed. Get Schooled has developed a track record of success because it engages with young Americans using the media, technology and popular culture that is an integral part of their lives. Get Schooled's work is boosted by partners like Viacom, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Google. Get Schooled works in close partnership with college access organizations across the United States in an effort to encourage students to access the financial aid they need to attend college.

About The California Student Aid Commission
The California Student Aid Commission administers the state’s $1.8 billion Cal Grant Program, the California Dream Act, the Middle Class Scholarship, the Chafee Grant for Foster Youth, and 11 other grant aid programs. The 15-member Commission provides financial aid policy analysis and leadership, to the Governor, and the State Legislature, in partnership with California’s colleges, universities, financial institutions, and financial aid associations.

Sacramento Charter High School welcome Zendaya as their Celebrity Principal for a Day on March 3rd!

Sacramento Charter High School won the fall 2013 College Challenge, now they welcome Zendaya as their Celebrity Principal for a Day on March 3rd!

Congratulations! to all of the staff and students who made a national victory possible! See Zendaya and Trevor Jackson hang at SAC High School

The College Challenge aimed to build college awareness among all high school students and encourage seniors to complete college applications, and we really saw students rise to the challenge. There were over 131,000 check-ins at FAFSA workshops, SAT and ACT celebrations, college campus visits, and library study sessions; more than 423,000 games played; 26,000 polls answered; over 150,000 Mind Games trivia questions answered; and almost 8,000 college application submissions reported!

It was a close competition between more than 70 schools across California and the Metro Detroit region. In the end, one school really stood out and took the top national prize. That school is Sacramento Charter High School!

From the very beginning, Sacramento Charter High School fought hard to stay on top. The Student Ambasasadors hosted pep rallies, set up lunch time computer stations and made regular classroom visits to make sure everyone in the school knew about the competition and how to log on to to earn points. Their Challenge video even took first place in the Student Ambassador Video Contest we held in November. As the winners, Student Ambassadors Chantay Crawford and Aryanna Lewis were flown to Los Angeles to attend the Teen Nick HALO Awards!

The senior class worked hard on their college applications and the entire student body played educational games, answered polls, checked in to FAFSA workshops and conducted college searches! For all of their efforts, Sacramento Charter High scored 496 out of 500 points for a nearly perfect score!

Congratulations to the staff and student body at Sacramento Charter High School!

We also had five regional winners that we would like to recognize. These schools will each walk away with a $5,000 cash prize for all of their hard work! Congratulations to all five of our College Challenge regional winners!

Northern California
Irvington High School, in Fremont, CA

Los Angeles
Los Angeles International Charter High School, Los Angeles, CA

South-Central California
Design Science Early College High School, Fresno, CA

Los Angeles Surrounding Area
Nuview Bridge Early College High School, Nuevo, CA

Metro Detroit
Harper Woods High School, Harper Woods, MI