For Students

Why participate in Success Boston?

Transitioning to college can be an exciting and overwhelming process for many students.  Success Boston works to ensure that Boston Public Schools students have the support they need to get ready, get in and succeed at area colleges.

To date, Success Boston has connected more than 7,000 Boston students with a coach to provide them with supports and services during their postsecondary journey. 

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Getting Ready: Preparing You for College Success

The Boston Public Schools (BPS) is working to ensure that BPS students are academically prepared to succeed in college, by expanding the number of AP courses and dual enrollment opportunities available, among other activities. Click here more details on what BPS is doing to ensure students are college ready.

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College & Career Month

Check out our College & Career Month 2023 page to explore resources that will help you get prepared for, enrolled in, and through college.

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Getting In: Easing the Transition and Keeping You on Track

Beginning with the Class of 2009, Success Boston coaches are providing participants with ongoing individual and group support in the following areas:

  1. Summer preparation for college including academic support, advising on placement testing, and getting ready to enroll in and transition to college.

  2. Ongoing financial aid advising for students and their families through both group workshops and one-on-one assistance with a financial aid counselor.

  3. Year-long transition coaching and mentoring to help students navigate their campus, connect with their peers and on-campus services and resources, and solve problems, making the transition to college easier.

Getting Through: Helping You Reach the Finish Line

Boston area colleges and universities are working together to ensure that BPS alumni have the resources and supports - academic and nonacademic - they need to successfully complete a degree.

Getting Connected: Preparing You for a Successful Career

The Boston Private Industry Council leads Success Boston’s work to engage employers in college completion efforts with summer jobs, internships, career advising, and other opportunities that will expose students to employment pathways and new career fields.


Rachelle Pierre, Northeastern University '17, emcees an evening celebrating the Success Boston coaching for college completion initiative and honoring Boston Public Schools graduates like herself who joined Success Boston and recently completed post-secondary credentials. The guests heard from Boston Foundation President Paul Grogan; Jean Dilon, Southern New Hampshire University '17; and Karen Morales, Wheelock College '17.


The Boston Foundation supports Success Boston, a college success initiative for Boston Public School students. Learn more about Success Boston’s Coaching Program by watching this short video!


On June 1, 2016, Success Boston held a graduation celebration to recognize the tremendous accomplishments of Boston Public Schools alumni who had earned post-secondary credentials in the 2015-2016 academic year. More than 100 students, coaches, partners, donors and other members of the Success Boston community gathered at the Boston Foundation for this special event.

Watch Success Boston: Making the Grade, as featured on NECN.