What is 6to16?
6to16 consists of a college-readiness curriculum, a set of online learning experiences, and a web-based social network that give students the beliefs, knowledge, skills, and support to successfully complete high school and college. 6to16 begins in the sixth grade and provides students the support to continue through middle school, high school, and the four years of college (16th grade).
The vast majority of urban public schools in the United States fail to provide students with the academic preparation and social support necessary for high school and college success. The national high school graduation rate of low-income children stands at 60% (Bedford et al. 2006). Only one-third enroll in college, with one in seven earning a bachelor’s degree. In Chicago, only 8 percent of high school freshmen in 1995 graduated with a bachelor's degree 10 years later, according to a University of Chicago Consortium on School Research 2006 study. Just 2.5 percent of African American and Latino boys who were high school freshmen in 1995 earned a college degree by their 25th birthday. Given the level of knowledge and skills needed to participate fully in our economy and democracy, it is a national imperative to ensure that all students are college ready and college successful.
- Read the Chicago Consortium study "From High School to the Future: Potholes on the Road to College"
Where is 6to16?
The University of Chicago Urban Education Institute (UEI) developed 6to16 with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. 6to16 was piloted with over 400 students in four Chicago public schools in 2009 and served over 1,300 students during the 2009–10 school year. Through partnerships with KIPP, the Woodlawn Children’s Promise Zone, and the University of Chicago Charter School campuses, 6to16 will serve over 3,000 students in the 2010–11 school year.
How is 6to16 implemented?
The 6to16 model consists of a college-readiness curriculum, which includes in-class lesson plans and online learning opportunities. The power of 6to16 resides in the implementation of its Theory of Action: Belief, Path, Readiness, Connect.