Senior-Year Redesign
Accelerating Postsecondary Attainment


SREB encourages high schools and technology centers that adopt Making Schools Work to redesign the senior year of high school to give college-ready students a head start on a credential or degree and help struggling students enter postsecondary programs without the need for remediation.

Ready for College? The Accelerated Option

College-ready seniors take dual enrollment courses that allow them to graduate with up to 30 credits toward an associate or bachelor’s degree.

Dual enrollment courses are taught by qualified high school teachers or college faculty using college syllabi, exams and materials at the high school, on a college campus or online. Courses are also taught on the college schedule, with time built in for labs, internships or capstone experiences.

Not Ready for College?

Students who need extra help meeting readiness benchmarks in literacy and math have options:

  • Ready Option 1: For seniors whose assessment scores fall well below readiness benchmarks — for example, three or more points below benchmarks on tests like the ACT, SREB helps schools design and provide a suite of services that enhance struggling students’ foundational academic, technical and workplace skills while empowering them to make informed educational and career choices. Students receive intensive remediation in literacy and math alongside their core academic and career pathway courses. Students also engage in career counseling and work-based learning experiences like job shadows and internships. Career interest and aptitude inventories and workshops on time management and study skills build confidence as students prepare to enter the workforce or enroll in a postsecondary credential or degree program.
  • Ready Option 2: Seniors who aren’t quite ready for college-level studies — for example, those whose scores fall within two or three points below benchmarks on the ACT — enroll in a double-block of SREB’s Literacy Ready and Math Ready courses during the first semester of their senior year. Students also engage in college- and career-preparatory experiences like those described under Option 1. In the second semester, students who meet readiness benchmarks may take dual enrollment courses equaling up to 15 credits toward a postsecondary credential or degree.
  • Ready Option 3: Seniors who do not meet academic college- or career-readiness benchmarks after completing Literacy Ready and Math Ready in their first semester engage in a series of intensive college- and career-preparatory courses and supplemental learning experiences like those described under Option 1. Students graduate ready to enroll in a postsecondary credential or degree program and succeed in college-level math and English courses.