The Northfield High School TORCH program is a collaboration among members of the school district, and community members, to address the issues of the achievement gap between Latino students and white students in the Northfield School District. Because of our success, our programs are now available to all traditionally under-served students. We offer tutoring and mentoring programs, as well as ACT preparation. We also facilitate college visits and experience. Among our many programs, we offer a PSEO program that allows students to obtain college credit for free. As our program evolves, we partner with community members to meet the changing needs of out students.
TORCH parters with Riverland Community College and Carleton College to make PSEO online dual enrollment opportunities available to TORCH juniors and seniors. Student meet once a week with a Carleton student who serves as a resource and mentor. Students earn free college credit and are exposed to college level expectations and demands.
Income eligible student enrolled in the Youth IDA program have the opportunity to earn a 3:1 math for money they save for college. Students can save up to $960, and will end up with $3,840 for college through matches from the state and local government.
Students are given many opportunities to build their resumes through community service projects such as volunteering at Christmas Sharing, Thursday’s Table, or as a mentor at Summer PLUS.
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