What is Open Doors?
Open Doors is an organization designed to help students in the 6th through the 12th grades. Below are listed some of the misconceptions people have about Open Doors with explanations about what the program really is.
1. Open Doors is for students who need tutoring. Wrong. Students with Open Doors are required to maintain a 2.5 G.P.A. as a minimum. Students who do not keep this average are placed on academic probation and given a time limit to bring their grades up to standard. The program does provide tutoring for students in this category and any Open Doors student having any difficulty in a subject can go to tutoring. The overall average of Open Doors students for the Fall 2000 semester was 2.87 and 8 students are on the honor rolls.
2. Open Doors is a minority program. Wrong. In addition to an above average G.P.A., 66% of Open Doors students are from low-income families and their parents did not attend a four-year college. The remaining 1/3 of the students come from any other background. Open Doors assists students in looking for the right college for a student, and will provide this service to all members of the Open Doors family.
3. Open Doors is boring and only concerned with grades. Wrong. Open Doors provides a minimum of two college visits a year for all members. During those visits, they see classrooms, hear about programs and have the opportunity to see how the students live on campus. A Career and College Life Fair is held each year. Members of the community come in and explain what it takes to become a member of their profession. Career Fairs discuss Law, Technology, Arts, Science, Medicine, Military, and much more. College Life Fair brings students in from previous years to explain the shortfalls they experienced when they arrived at school. Students learn how to be the most successful they can be.
Open Doors is not what you think. If you think people just sit and tutor, you are missing the point of the program. The counselors of Open Doors began college as low income, first generation students with 2.5 G.P.A.s. They know how hard it is to succeed as a student and work to assist others in making their challenges easier to deal with.
Want to know more? Contact the counselors' suite on Tuesdays or leave a message at 581-2464. They would love to talk about your future.