With the help of private philanthropy, the Philadelphia School District has inked a five-year deal that will give its 6th- to 12th-grade students access to the Naviance platform — a web-based college- and career-readiness tool that officials say has been used with great success by wealthier districts across the nation for years.
"This is a huge thing for Philadelphia students," said Karyn Lynch, the District's chief of student services.
Lynch says that using Naviance is simple: Students log on to the site, enter their interests and abilities, and then Naviance's algorithm helps them see what higher-education options fit.
The program is essentially the 21st-century guidance counselor's best friend.
"It will give parents an opportunity to sit down with their children and get a much better understanding about what colleges are open to them, best for them, available for their particular interests," said Lynch.
Supertintendent William Hite praised Naviance in an official release.
"We see an opportunity to move the needle for thousands of high school students with hopes and dreams for what comes after high school graduation," he wrote.