College Placement

College Readiness

The ICEF College Readiness Department is an integral component of the student experience at our schools.

Our mission is to realize ICEF’s vision of sending all students to the top colleges and universities in the nation. The individualized college counseling program helps guide all students in the preparation, application and selection of a college or university that best fits their personal goals and achievements. The department starts the process with ninth graders and follows them through acceptance.

ICEF college counseling operates on these basic principles:
  • ICEF families are our clients
  • Counselors are accountable to our community
  • We are here to help all families regardless of previous knowledge or experience
  • The entire family must be engaged

All students receive the following college readiness services:

9th & 10th Grade
  • Information on PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test) dates, registration, and fees.
  • Academic advising --  reviewing each student’s class schedule to ensure that the student is taking appropriate college preparatory courses that will be required for admission to selective colleges and universities.
  • Parent meetings to provide information on college admissions.
  • Work with students and plan summer enrichment opportunities.

11th Grade
  • Assist students with development of resume and portfolio of accomplishments and extracurricular activities.
  • Continue academic advisement to ensure that students are on track for college.
  • Work with students and plan summer enrichment opportunities.
  • Arrange for students to attend college fairs and presentations by college and university representatives.
  • Assist students with registering for college entrance exams (SAT Reasoning or ACT and SAT Subject Tests.)
  • Provide onsite SAT and ACT test preparatory classes.
  • Parent meetings to provide parents with overview of college admissions, application process and requirements.
  • Students participate in a junior seminar, which prepares students for the college application process.
  • Work with students and plan summer enrichment opportunities.
  • Families participate in student and parent surveys to share experiences, expectations and needs with counseling staff.
  • Meet with college representatives visiting an ICEF campus. Over forty schools visit ours schools yearly.

12th Grade
  • Review class schedule with students and parents to make sure the student has taken or is taking college preparatory courses required for admission to the colleges or universities of choice.
  • Advise students on course selection, academic rigor and college selection.
  • Provide scholarship information and seek out scholarship opportunities for our students.
  • Advise students on the upkeep of their personal file (transcripts, test scores, letters of recommendation, personal essays, student aid applications.)
  • One on one counseling appointments with every student.
  • Parent meetings to inform parents on the college application process and college selection.
  • Provide every family with a college counseling handbook.
  • Process admissions application for every senior, including personalized letters of recommendation.
  • Admissions advocacy throughout the decision period

Graduation Rates

ICEF’s commitment to preparing our scholars to attend and compete at the top colleges in the nation is evident in our exceptional graduation rates, which surpass those of our neighboring schools and the state:


ICEF not only prepares our scholars to graduate from high school but also positions them to be accepted to the top colleges in the nations. All high school scholars are enrolled in a complete sequence of college preparatory A-G sequence and must complete these courses with a passing grade of “C” or better to meet the minimum University of California (UC)/California State University (CSU) and high school graduation requirements. Like our graduation rates, our college-ready graduation rates well exceed the neighboring school and the state.



The success of ICEF’S most recent graduating seniors proves that our academic and college-readiness models are effective in transitioning our scholars from secondary to post-secondary education at both 2-year and 4-year institutions.

  • 95% College Attendance Rate


Top Colleges and Universities Attended by ICEF Scholars

True to its mission, ICEF facilitates the process through which our scholars are accepted to the top colleges in the nation. Our scholars have gone on to attend and compete at such top colleges as:


  • Bard College
  • Barnard College
  • Boston University
  • Brown University
  • Bryn Mawr College
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Cornell University
  • Dartmouth College
  • George Washington University
  • Grinnell College
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Lafayette College
  • Lehigh University
  • Lewis and Clark University
  • Macalester College
  • Marquette University
  • New York University
  • Northeastern University
  • Purdue University
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Stanford University
  • Syracuse University
  • Texas Christian University
  • University of Miami
  • Wake Forest University

Southern California Colleges and Universities Attended by ICEF Scholars

While many of our scholars choose to attend college away from home, others take advantage of the exceptional academic opportunities offered in California. These colleges and universities include:

  • Claremont McKenna College
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • Occidental College
  • Pepperdine University
  • Pitzer College
  • Pomona College
  • 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, San Francisco
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • University of California, Santa Cruz
  • University of Southern California

Historically Black Colleges and Universities Attended by ICEF Scholars

There remains a strong desire within many of our scholars to pursue higher education at a Historically Black College or University. ICEF is thrilled to guide these scholars along the path of achieving this goal and is pleased to have representations at HBCU’s across the country. These prestigious institutions include:

  • Clark Atlanta University
  • Dillard University
  • Grambling State University
  • Hampton University
  • Howard University
  • Fisk University
  • Florida A&M University
  • Langston University
  • Morehouse College
  • Spelman College
  • Texas Southern University
  • Tuskegee University