Educational Talent Search is a postsecondary outreach program designed to motivate middle and high school level students to stay in school while encouraging their pursuit of postsecondary education. This program provides academic, career, financial, and personal counseling to 583 eligible participants attending eight targeted schools in the DeKalb County Public School System. Educational Talent Search also serves interested secondary school dropouts in DeKalb County by referring them to local agencies that specialized in assisting them in re-entering the educational system to complete their education.
Get the Support You Need to Pursue College
You are eligible if:
- You are 11-27 years old
- You have a need for project services
- You are a citizen of the United States
- You are either enrolled in a targeted DeKalb County middle/high school, or a non student (under 27) with a strong desire to renew their education
- You are a potential first generation college student and/or low income student status
Target Schools in DeKalb County:
Columbia Middle School
Miller Grove Middle School
Ronald E. McNair Middle School
Stone Mountain Middle School
Columbia High School
Miller Grove High School
Ronald E. McNair High School
Stone Mountain High School
PROSPECTIVE STUDENT FAQ'S
How can I join your program?
If you are a student at one of our target schools, you can contact your school counselor for an application or contact your ETS counselor.
What are the eligibility requirements?
How will we conduct the interview?
All interviews will be conducted either via phone or video conferencing.
CURRENT STUDENT FAQ'S
Will Talent Search services continue this semester?
ETS staff will conduct their workshops remotely for the rest of the semester. Staff will continue to adapt all services for remote delivery. These adaptations may result in substantive changes to certain services such as regular school sessions or field trips. If you have any questions, please contact your program counselor.
What is remote delivery and how will it be used?
ETS staff will offer services in a number of virtual ways. For example, weekly school visits will now be workshops will use the web-based platform like WebEx to present information or to have small group or individual discussions. Some workshops may use teleconferencing to have personal discussions with students and parents. Assignments and surveys will be distributed via EDU or email Remind will distribute text alerts to students and parents to keep them informed, offer resources and send out pertinent announcements.
Am I required to participate in the online services?
We would prefer students and parents to actively participate in all program services. A number of options are available based on your availability as well as computer and/or internet access.
The Educational Talent Search (ETS) outreach staff conducts a variety of grade specific academic advisement workshops including: early awareness educational activities for sixth, seventh, and eighth graders; course selection; college pre-enrollment academic admission requirements for high school level participants; academic advisement workshops for the families of participants; high school and college adjustment seminars; and standardized test administration procedures. In addition, the staff makes referrals to other academic or community based dropout prevention educational programs (i.e. Upward Bound, EOC, mentoring programs, tutorial services, and homework hotlines).
The ETS program administers the Learning and Study Strategies Inventory (LASSI-HS) to provide information to its participants on how they learn and study, along with information on how they feel about learning and studying. The program's staff uses this information in conjunction with the participant's academic transcript and target school counselor to assess the student's educational need for program services.
Career Counseling and Assessments
The ETS outreach staff conducts career exploration, career counseling, and achievement assessment for all of its target school participants. Staff utilizes the Harrington-Oshea Career Decision-Making System (CDM) and the Georgia Career Information System (GCIS) in order to assist students in identifying and evaluating their career interests.
College Entrance Exam Preparation
The ETS program provides college fee application waivers and assistance in preparing for standardized college entrance exams for its high school level participants. The ETS program provides target school participants with free standardized test preparation workshops at all of its target schools and provides test information presentation for interested parents.
College Admissions and Financial Aid Application Assistance
The ETS outreach staff provides a variety of information on post secondary education and college financial aid assistance. The staff also provides assistance to both target school participants and their parents in completing college admissions and financial aid applications. This assistance is designed to measurable increase the number of ETS participants who apply for college financial aid and successfully enroll in a program of post-secondary education.
College Visitation Tours and Cultural Trips
The ETS program provides field trips for middle and high school participants, attending ETS target schools, in order to provide them with exposure to college campuses, cultural sites and for career investigations at local industries and businesses. ETS field trips are designed to motivate participants to stay in school, graduate, and then enroll in postsecondary education by showing the benefits of college campus life and increasing their awareness of the potential of higher education in successfully enriching their future lives.
The ETS outreach staff conducts any type of academic, financial, or career counseling for which its participants may express or demonstrate a need in order to increase their chances of staying in school and successfully enrolling in postsecondary education. In addition, the staff will make referrals to other supportive and social services type programs (i.e. community, government, Upward Bound, EOC, mentoring programs, tutorial services, and homework hotlines).