Counselors get low marks

High school counselors didn’t provide much help with college or career planning, young adults tell Public Agenda. In a national survey, Can I Get A Little Advice Here?, 60 percent of those who went on to higher education “gave their high school counselors poor grades for their college advice.” Nearly half said they felt like “just a face in the crowd.”

Many high school counselors are overwhelmed with students in crisis and have little time for anything else.

Downtown College Prep, the charter school in my book, Our School, invests a lot in helping students and their parents understand what it means to prepare for college, how to pay for it and how to succeed once you get there. It’s essential for students who are the first in their families to aspire to college.

KQED Radio’s Michael Krasny is hosting a special two-hour broadcast on first-generation college students from Downtown College Prep in San Jose on March 10. To join the live audience, call (415) 553-3300, or email

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