Academic Momentum & Success 101

As part of Eastern Promise we are working to increase the “college going culture” of our region. We are doing this through a program we call, “Academic Momentum”. This program has two phases. First, we have a curricular program that is starting with 5th graders. This activity involves students, parents and the schools signing a “compact” that says the student will work toward developing academic habits to prepare them for post-secondary education or training. As a part of this plan, students participate in a visit to the EOU and Community College campuses and get a chance to see what it would be like to be a student at a college/university. Through this commitment on the part of the student, family and school they will begin to form an informal 10-year-plan regarding their projected educational and career future. Continuing on through 6th, 7th, and 8th grades, students and parents will become more acquainted with all the processes and procedures to apply to college, acquire financial aid, and navigate the myriad of dimensions many of us see as common.

Second, when the students enter the 9th grade, they will participate in a formal class that follows a well developed and tested curriculum called Career Choices / Success 101. This is a rigorous class that requires career investigation and a “formal” 10-year-plan. The significance of the 10-year-plan is that your typical high school freshman isn’t really thinking years into the future and how academic decisions made in high school might impact post-secondary education/training and career outlook. Because this class is intense and rigorous, students can earn college credit. This class is utilized at several institutions nationally and has resulted in demonstrated outcomes of increased high school graduation rates and increased college attendance.

Current AM Regional Growth

  • 17 Districts participating in Academic Momentum program
  • 32 Elementary Schools participating
  • 5 Middle Schools participating
  • 63 Educators trained
  • 1809 Eastern Oregon students receiving the Academic Momentum curriculum at the end of the 2013-14 school year.


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Academic Momentum Documents


Questions or need assistance?   Please contact Laurie Powell

Eastern Promise

Laurie Powell
Eastern Oregon University
One University Blvd
La Grande, OR 97850

Zabel Hall 255
Phone: 541.962.3941




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