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Long Beach College Preparatory Academy

​The Long Beach College Preparatory Academy (LBCPA) provides highly motivated students with the opportunity to attend competitive four year colleges. Over a two year period, LBCPA helps students to create a personal blueprint empowering them to secure their passport to a college degree.Less

​The Long Beach College Preparatory Academy (LBCPA) provides highly motivated students with the opportunity to attend competitive four year colleges. Over a two year period, LBCPA helps students to create a personal blueprint empowering them to secure their passport to a college degree.

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Our Results: Financial Aid, Scholarships, & College AdmissionsLess

Our Results: Financial Aid, Scholarships, & College Admissions

Class of 2019

Class of 2019

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  • Estimated Total Amount of Merit Scholarships Awarded for over 4 years: $5,534,832

  • Total Amount of Merit Scholarship for Freshman year: $1,383,708.00

  • Number of students who received Merit Scholarships: 20

  • Acceptances in 13 States across the Country

  • Estimated Total Amount of Merit Scholarships Awarded for over 4 years: $5,534,832

  • Total Amount of Merit Scholarship for Freshman year: $1,383,708.00

  • Number of students who received Merit Scholarships: 20

  • Acceptances in 13 States across the Country

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Class of 2018

Class of 2018

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  • Total Amount of Merit Scholarships Awarded for over 4 years: $3,308,052

  • Total Amount of Merit Scholarship for Freshman year: $827,013

  • Number of students who received Merit Scholarships: 18

  • Acceptances in 17 States across the Country

  • Total Amount of Merit Scholarships Awarded for over 4 years: $3,308,052

  • Total Amount of Merit Scholarship for Freshman year: $827,013

  • Number of students who received Merit Scholarships: 18

  • Acceptances in 17 States across the Country

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Class of 2017

Class of 2017

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Total Amount of Merit Scholarships Awarded for over 4 years: $2,000,000

Total Amount of Merit Scholarship for Freshman year: $600,000

Number of students who received Merit Scholarships: 22

Acceptances in 20 States across the Country

Total Amount of Merit Scholarships Awarded for over 4 years: $2,000,000

Total Amount of Merit Scholarship for Freshman year: $600,000

Number of students who received Merit Scholarships: 22

Acceptances in 20 States across the Country

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Class of 2014

Class of 2014

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  • Total Amount of Merit Scholarships Awarded: $1,029,378

  • Total Amount of Merit Scholarship for freshman year: $257,345

  • Number of students who received Merit Scholarship: 15

  • Acceptances in 17 States across the Country

  • Total Amount of Merit Scholarships Awarded: $1,029,378

  • Total Amount of Merit Scholarship for freshman year: $257,345

  • Number of students who received Merit Scholarship: 15

  • Acceptances in 17 States across the Country

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Scholarships

“It enabled me to set higher expectations for myself and helped me find my passion and college career path.”Less

“It enabled me to set higher expectations for myself and helped me find my passion and college career path.”

What Makes The Long Beach College Preparatory Academy Unique
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What Makes The Long Beach College Preparatory Academy Unique

Academy

Throughout a very competitive application and selection process, LBCPA scholars are chosen from LBUSD’s ten high schools. Only a total of 50 students are selected. These 50 students meet together at least monthly over two years to explore careers, research colleges, collaborate together, socialize, apply for financial aid, and apply to colleges. This is a very selective group of students.

Throughout a very competitive application and selection process, LBCPA scholars are chosen from LBUSD’s ten high schools. Only a total of 50 students are selected. These 50 students meet together at least monthly over two years to explore careers, research colleges, collaborate together, socialize, apply for financial aid, and apply to colleges. This is a very selective group of students.

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The curriculum includes the following components:

The curriculum includes the following components:

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  • Career and major exploration

  • Guidance on internships and activities

  • Resume development and interviewing skills

  • College research

  • Individualized college list development​

  • SAT preparation

  • College application essay writing

  • College application and scholarship research support

  • Financial aid application and evaluation assistance

  • College visit

  • Career and major exploration

  • Guidance on internships and activities

  • Resume development and interviewing skills

  • College research

  • Individualized college list development​

  • SAT preparation

  • College application essay writing

  • College application and scholarship research support

  • Financial aid application and evaluation assistance

  • College visit

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​“Many students would ask why I was so prepared (for college applications) and I would say, ‘LBCPA, that’s why!”Less

​“Many students would ask why I was so prepared (for college applications) and I would say, ‘LBCPA, that’s why!”

Why Choose ​​Long Beach College Preparatory AcademyLess

Why Choose ​​Long Beach College Preparatory Academy

The Long Beach College Prep Academy was co-founded, designed and launched for LBUSD by Damon Dunn and Jan Kerchner. The comprehensive college planning curriculum was designed specifically to provide highly motived students with the opportunity to attend competitive four year colleges.  

The Long Beach College Prep Academy was co-founded, designed and launched for LBUSD by Damon Dunn and Jan Kerchner. The comprehensive college planning curriculum was designed specifically to provide highly motived students with the opportunity to attend competitive four year colleges.  

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​To be eligible, students must be in the second semester of the sophomore year of high school, must be of good character and highly motivated and also demonstrate strong performance in AP and/or Honors classes. Students representing all 10 of LBUSD’s high schools, are selected for the Academy through a very competitive application process requiring essays as well as teacher and counselor recommendations.   

​To be eligible, students must be in the second semester of the sophomore year of high school, must be of good character and highly motivated and also demonstrate strong performance in AP and/or Honors classes. Students representing all 10 of LBUSD’s high schools, are selected for the Academy through a very competitive application process requiring essays as well as teacher and counselor recommendations.   

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“Unlike any other college prep programs because it encompassed so many different parts with the college prep process.”Less

“Unlike any other college prep programs because it encompassed so many different parts with the college prep process.”

Mission and History of The Long Beach College Preparatory AcademyLess

Mission and History of The Long Beach College Preparatory Academy

​The Long Beach College

​In 2012, upon the request of the Long Beach Unified School District’s (LBUSD) Superintendent Chris Steinhauser, The Long Beach College Preparatory Academy (LBCPA) was co-founded by Damon Dunn and Jan Kerchner. The comprehensive college planning curriculum was designed specifically to provide highly motivated students with the opportunity to attend competitive four year colleges. LBCPA offers a blueprint empowering students to secure their passport to a college degree.

​In 2012, upon the request of the Long Beach Unified School District’s (LBUSD) Superintendent Chris Steinhauser, The Long Beach College Preparatory Academy (LBCPA) was co-founded by Damon Dunn and Jan Kerchner. The comprehensive college planning curriculum was designed specifically to provide highly motivated students with the opportunity to attend competitive four year colleges. LBCPA offers a blueprint empowering students to secure their passport to a college degree.

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LBCPA was piloted with 21 students from the Class of 2014 during the second semester of their sophomore year. This first class to graduate from the Academy achieved a 100% four-year college admission rate and substantial merit scholarships. Pleased with the results of the pilot program, LBUSD made the strategic decision to institutionalize the Long Beach College Prep Academy and expand to 30 students at each grade level. 

LBCPA was piloted with 21 students from the Class of 2014 during the second semester of their sophomore year. This first class to graduate from the Academy achieved a 100% four-year college admission rate and substantial merit scholarships. Pleased with the results of the pilot program, LBUSD made the strategic decision to institutionalize the Long Beach College Prep Academy and expand to 30 students at each grade level. 

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The next class to graduate from the Academy was the class of 2017 again with a 100% four-year college admission rate. After attending the Graduation Celebration in May 2017 for the second Academy class, Superintendent Steinhauser decided to expand the Long Beach College Prep Academy to 50 students per class. As it stands today, a new cohort of 50 scholars from the Long Beach Unified School District are selected each year to join the Long Beach College Preparatory Academy.

The next class to graduate from the Academy was the class of 2017 again with a 100% four-year college admission rate. After attending the Graduation Celebration in May 2017 for the second Academy class, Superintendent Steinhauser decided to expand the Long Beach College Prep Academy to 50 students per class. As it stands today, a new cohort of 50 scholars from the Long Beach Unified School District are selected each year to join the Long Beach College Preparatory Academy.

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College Acceptances from LBCPA Students
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College Acceptances from LBCPA Students

Allegheny College

Arizona State University

Azusa Pacific University

Bentley University

Biola University

Boston University

Bowdoin College

Brown University

Bucknell University

Butler University

California College of the Arts

California Lutheran University

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

California State University, Chico

California State University, Dominguez Hills

California State University, East Bay

California State University, Fresno

California State University, Fullerton

California State University, Humboldt

California State University, Long Beach

California State University, Los Angeles

California State University, Monterey Bay

California State University, Northridge

California State University, Sacramento

California State University, San Marcos

Carnegie Mellon University

Case Western Reserve University

Chapman University

Claremont McKenna College

Clark University

Colorado College

Colorado School of the Mines

Columbia University

Concordia University, Irvine

Cornell University

Cornish College of the Arts

Culinary Institute of America

Davidson College

DePaul University

​Dominican University

Drexel University

Duke University

Elon University

Emory University

Fordham University

Fort Lewis College

George Mason University

George Washington University

Georgetown University

Goucher College

Grinnell College

Gustavus Adolphus College

Hamilton College

Hampton University

Harvard University

Harvey Mudd College

Hawaii Pacific University

Hofstra University

Howard University

Ithaca College

Johnson & Wales University

Lake Forest College

Le Moyne College

Lewis & Clark College

Long Island University

Louisiana State University

Loyola Marymount University

Loyola University, New Orleans

Marist College

Maryland Institute College of Art

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

McDaniel College

Mills College

Naval Academy Preparatory School

Allegheny College

Arizona State University

Azusa Pacific University

Bentley University

Biola University

Boston University

Bowdoin College

Brown University

Bucknell University

Butler University

California College of the Arts

California Lutheran University

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

California State University, Chico

California State University, Dominguez Hills

California State University, East Bay

California State University, Fresno

California State University, Fullerton

California State University, Humboldt

California State University, Long Beach

California State University, Los Angeles

California State University, Monterey Bay

California State University, Northridge

California State University, Sacramento

California State University, San Marcos

Carnegie Mellon University

Case Western Reserve University

Chapman University

Claremont McKenna College

Clark University

Colorado College

Colorado School of the Mines

Columbia University

Concordia University, Irvine

Cornell University

Cornish College of the Arts

Culinary Institute of America

Davidson College

DePaul University

​Dominican University

Drexel University

Duke University

Elon University

Emory University

Fordham University

Fort Lewis College

George Mason University

George Washington University

Georgetown University

Goucher College

Grinnell College

Gustavus Adolphus College

Hamilton College

Hampton University

Harvard University

Harvey Mudd College

Hawaii Pacific University

Hofstra University

Howard University

Ithaca College

Johnson & Wales University

Lake Forest College

Le Moyne College

Lewis & Clark College

Long Island University

Louisiana State University

Loyola Marymount University

Loyola University, New Orleans

Marist College

Maryland Institute College of Art

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

McDaniel College

Mills College

Naval Academy Preparatory School

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New York University

Northeastern University

Northern Arizona University

Northwestern University

Occidental College

Oregon State University

Pace University

Pepperdine University

Pomona College

Pratt Institute

Purdue University

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Rice University

Rochester Institute of Technology

Rollins College

Saint John's University

Saint Mary's College of California

San Diego State University

San Francisco State University

San Jose State University

Santa Clara University

Scripps College

Sonoma State University

Spelman College

St. John's University

Stanford University

Stevens Institute of Technology

State University of New York - College of Technology at Canton

Swarthmore College

Syracuse University

Temple University

The New School: Parsons School of Design

Tulane University

University of Arizona

University of California, Berkeley

University of California, Davis

University of California, Irvine

University of California, Los Angeles

University of California, Merced

University of California, Riverside

University of California, San Diego

University of California, Santa Barbara

University of California, Santa Cruz

University of Chicago

University of Colorado-Boulder

University of Denver

​University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign

University of La Verne

University of Massachusetts-Amherst

University of Minnesota

University of New Mexico

University of Notre Dame

University of Pennsylvania

University of Pittsburgh

University of Puget Sound

University of Redlands

University of Rochester

University of San Diego

University of San Francisco

University of Southern California

University of Tampa

University of the Pacific

University of Virginia

University of Washington-Seattle

Valley Forge Military Academy & College

Virginia Commonwealth University

Washington State University

Wellesley College

Wesleyan University

Whittier College

Willamette University

Williams College

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Xavier University of Louisiana

Yale University


New York University

Northeastern University

Northern Arizona University

Northwestern University

Occidental College

Oregon State University

Pace University

Pepperdine University

Pomona College

Pratt Institute

Purdue University

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Rice University

Rochester Institute of Technology

Rollins College

Saint John's University

Saint Mary's College of California

San Diego State University

San Francisco State University

San Jose State University

Santa Clara University

Scripps College

Sonoma State University

Spelman College

St. John's University

Stanford University

Stevens Institute of Technology

State University of New York - College of Technology at Canton

Swarthmore College

Syracuse University

Temple University

The New School: Parsons School of Design

Tulane University

University of Arizona

University of California, Berkeley

University of California, Davis

University of California, Irvine

University of California, Los Angeles

University of California, Merced

University of California, Riverside

University of California, San Diego

University of California, Santa Barbara

University of California, Santa Cruz

University of Chicago

University of Colorado-Boulder

University of Denver

​University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign

University of La Verne

University of Massachusetts-Amherst

University of Minnesota

University of New Mexico

University of Notre Dame

University of Pennsylvania

University of Pittsburgh

University of Puget Sound

University of Redlands

University of Rochester

University of San Diego

University of San Francisco

University of Southern California

University of Tampa

University of the Pacific

University of Virginia

University of Washington-Seattle

Valley Forge Military Academy & College

Virginia Commonwealth University

Washington State University

Wellesley College

Wesleyan University

Whittier College

Willamette University

Williams College

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Xavier University of Louisiana

Yale University


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Application ProcessLess

Application Process

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​Eligible students will be invited to apply during the second semester of their sophomore year. To be eligible, students must be in the second semester of the sophomore year of high school, must be of good character and highly motivated and also demonstrate strong performance in AP and/or Honors classes.

​Eligible students will be invited to apply during the second semester of their sophomore year. To be eligible, students must be in the second semester of the sophomore year of high school, must be of good character and highly motivated and also demonstrate strong performance in AP and/or Honors classes.

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Students representing all 10 of LBUSD’s high schools, are selected for LBCPA through a very competitive application process requiring essays as well as teacher and counselor recommendations. To be selected as an LBCPA Scholar is an honor!

Students representing all 10 of LBUSD’s high schools, are selected for LBCPA through a very competitive application process requiring essays as well as teacher and counselor recommendations. To be selected as an LBCPA Scholar is an honor!

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Criteria For Being Selected

Criteria For Being Selected

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​Students must be of good character, highly motivated and demonstrate strong performance in AP and /or Honors Classes.

​Students must be of good character, highly motivated and demonstrate strong performance in AP and /or Honors Classes.

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In Our Students' Words...Less

In Our Students' Words...

“I would have had no idea how to apply to college without LBCPA.”Less

“I would have had no idea how to apply to college without LBCPA.”

“They ((LBCPA) gave me guidance on which schools to lean towards, and helped me to understand my opportunities for college.”Less

“They ((LBCPA) gave me guidance on which schools to lean towards, and helped me to understand my opportunities for college.”

“I would recommend it (LBCPA) because it provides guidance and in-depth information for a better understanding of colleges, and benefits for the students and their futures.”Less

“I would recommend it (LBCPA) because it provides guidance and in-depth information for a better understanding of colleges, and benefits for the students and their futures.”

“It is such a great resource that has helped very much getting into college and working hard through the application process”Less

“It is such a great resource that has helped very much getting into college and working hard through the application process”

“I appreciated it all.”Less

“I appreciated it all.”

“Keep doing what you are doing!”Less

“Keep doing what you are doing!”

“I learned how to apply to college, what they are looking for, what i should be looking for. i pretty much benefitted in every possible way.”Less

“I learned how to apply to college, what they are looking for, what i should be looking for. i pretty much benefitted in every possible way.”

“It really helped with the stress of the college process.”Less

“It really helped with the stress of the college process.”

“Counselors opened me up to options for college that I did not know existed and made me much more open minded.”Less

“Counselors opened me up to options for college that I did not know existed and made me much more open minded.”

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