Griffin, K., & Allen, W. (2006). Mo’money, mo’problems? High-achieving Black high school students’ experiences with resources, racial climate, and resilience.The Journal of Negro Education, 478-494.
The lower rates of college enrollment for Black students make it important to understand both how different high school environments affect college preparation and matriculation and how some students are able to succeed despite the environmental barriers faced in school. This multi-site case study explores the college preparatory processes of nine Black high achievers attending a well-resourced, suburban high school and eight academically successful Black students attending a low-resourced urban school. Findings indicate students at both schools encounter barriers (i.e., racial climate and a lack of resources) that inhibit their college preparation. Despite these obstacles, participants demonstrated resiliency, which kept them focused on their goals and desire to attend college.
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