The Collegiate Challenge Program

The SBISD Collegiate Challenge program matches experienced community members and District administrative staff as mentors to guide cadres of juniors and seniors through interest inventories, college and career exploration, college application, financial aid and scholarship processes at each high school. One hundred percent of the students attain college enrollment and nearly 100% attend college.

Motivated students, who apply to be in the program, meet weekly with mentors to work on college essays, resumes, and applications. The students gain valuable lessons in goal setting, persistence and driving towards excellence as they work through a myriad of drafts and edits under the helpful guidance of their mentors. Mentors' advice and encouragement to students, who may be the first in their families to go to college, provide pathways to realizing dreams of bright, financially secure futures.

Campus Collegiate Challenge meeting times:

Location Meeting Day/time Campus Coordinator Campus Phone Number
Northbrook High School Thursdays,
6:30-8 p.m.
Marin Fons
Diedre Hader
Spring Woods High School Thursdays,
9:20-10:50 a.m.
(mentors choose 45 min. of
the period to attend)

Brittany Landry
(class of 2018)

Jose Garcia
(class of 2019)
Stratford High School Thursdays
10:50-11:30 a.m.
D'Ann Franklin 713-251-3400
Westchester Academy for International Studies Thursdays, 4:30-6:00 p.m. Beverly Martin 713-251-1800


Collegiate Challenge Mentor Training: PowerPoint Presentation by Sandra Newton - Dec. 11, 2014

#journeyTogether - The Collegiate Challenge Program in SBISD from SBISD on Vimeo.


Career and College Planning

  • My Next Move--career planning from the US Dept. of Labor
  • A Career Planning Exercise-- Where do interest, abilities and career dreams overlap?
  • Explore Careers-- What makes you curious, excited and want to learn more? Which college majors align with who YOU are?
  • MyMajors: find a major, find a college, find a career
  • Big Future: explore college majors, make a plan, learn about how to pay for college

Resume' and Essay Information


ACT and SAT Information


Study helps

Helpful Information for Undocumented Students


Pat Waldrop
Coordinator of Community Services and Mentoring

Becky Wuerth
Customer Services and SBISD Community Relations Program Specialist