Parent and Family

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is OneGoal?

OneGoal is a three-year program that works to ensure students can successfully enroll and graduate from college, whether it be from a four-year college, a community college, or another postsecondary institution. We believe all students should have a real chance to earn their college degree, not just those at the very top of their class or with the most resources. In joining OneGoal, your student will have a team of other students and a teacher who meet every day as a class during their junior and senior years. Together, they will work to build skills, explore their educational options, and enroll in college. The team’s support continues through the first year of college to make sure students have the resources and support needed to graduate.  Learn more about our model → 


Where does OneGoal operate?

OneGoal is in select schools in the Bay AreaChicago, Houston, Massachusetts, Metro Atlanta, and New York. To see if OneGoal is in your student’s school, visit one of our regional pages and check our map.


What is the commitment?

OneGoal families and students commit to three years of participation in the program. Throughout those three years, one Program Director or PD (a teacher from the student’s school) will support a group of Fellows.  Since OneGoal is a graded, credit-bearing class while students are in high school, OneGoal Fellows are accountable for the work they do. There is no cost to participate.


How long is the program?

OneGoal is a three-year program – and a class – that begins in Fellows’ junior year of high school (Year 1). Year 2 corresponds to Fellows’ senior year of high school, and Year 3 corresponds to Fellows’ first year of college.


How does OneGoal select students to participate in the program?

The OneGoal Program Director, school leader, and other school personnel such as the guidance counselor collaborate to identify students who can most benefit from our program. We look at the whole student, not just current academic achieve or income bracket, because we’ve seen that all students have the power to succeed in their chosen postsecondary pathway. OneGoal prioritizes students typically overlooked by other interventions to help them tap into their potential, drive and passion.


What about the cost of college?

OneGoal Program Directors and staff work with families to help Fellows find the right schools and secure the financial aid they need to make college as affordable as possible, regardless of their income or citizenship status.

Program Directors share information about the financial aid process with you throughout the first two years of the program, and families will be invited to attend informational sessions on financial aid and have access to their students’ Program Directors on a one-on-one basis in order to ask questions. We ask that whenever possible parents/guardians share financial information (for example: tax documents) with Fellows’ Program Directors at the end of Year 1 of the Program. This will maximize students opportunities to secure financial aid and reduce the cost of college for parents/guardians.


What supports can I expect from OneGoal?

You can expect OneGoal to support your student as they develop a more clear sense of self, identify what they want for their future, and develop goals to get there. The Program Director will help your student uncover strengths and build skills that will help them increase their GPA and SAT scores to expand their options. From there, they’ll work closely to select the right college or other postsecondary institution for your student, to secure as much financial aid as possible to reduce the cost of college for you, and to support your student when they encounter challenges on the way to college graduation.


Will I have access to OneGoal’s staff?

Yes! OneGoal staff work directly with Fellows and PDs in classrooms on a regular basis; through those avenues, parents can connect with staff to share communication and receive support. 


How does OneGoal support Fellows in picking a college?

Our new quality enrollment framework supports Fellows in identifying postsecondary programs that meet Fellows’ needs in four areas:

  • Personal Fit: Does this institution offer the academic program, supports, and amenities that interest the Fellow?
  • Financial Fit: Is this institution affordable to the Fellow and their family?
  • Completion Supports: Does this institution have a record of supporting students like OneGoal Fellows towards completion (as shown by graduation rates) and specialized support programs?
  • Academic Match: Is this among the more competitive of institutions to which the Fellow has access based on their GPA and SAT/ACT


What should I expect the relationship with the Program Director to look like?

You can expect that this relationship will be a very close one. Over the course of three years, your student’s Program Director will become a mentor to your student and will be involved in some very personal decisions that must be made when it comes time for your student to apply to and enroll in college. Meet our Program Directors and learn how the work with students. 

You can expect that you and your student’s Program Director will communicate frequently and openly throughout these three years – and potentially beyond! Meet our Fellows and learn in their own words what they think of the OneGoal experience. 


What additional opportunities will this afford my student?

OneGoal Fellows have opportunities to participate in college visits, internships, individualized support with personal statements for college, and on-campus leadership opportunities.