The vision of the Promise Scholars Initiative is to prepare all Ontario-Montclair School District (OMSD) students to be successful in a global society by increasing their high school completion rates and college going rates.

This vision will be achieved by starting early. Promise Scholars begins by working with 5th grade students and parents through services and activities which provide exposure to, and encouragement for, postsecondary learning experiences. The program follows the students as they progress through the education pipeline from elementary to middle to high school and college.


  • Increased parent and student awareness and aspirations for college/technical training
  • Increased student knowledge about college/technical training opportunities and their plans to participate in post-secondary education
  • Increased access to college

Check out the Promise Scholars’ Steps to Success.

Promise Scholars utilizes college access research and a positive youth development framework to deliver universal program components grade by grade, from elementary school through high school. The program works to develop a college-going culture in school, in home, and in the community by providing opportunities for students and parents to learn about college and career pathways, college planning, and financial aid supports..

While students continue to require the basics of a K-12 education, Promise Scholars will ensure more students have access to higher education and post-secondary technical training so they have the skills to be prepared for the future, for themselves, their families, and their communities. Advanced education and technical skills, means a more prepared workforce, which impacts higher-wage job development in the region. The bottomline is that access to college benefits us all, and this work is a necessary part of preparing our communities for the future.

Promise Scholars is a partnership between OMSD, Chaffey Joint Union High School District, Chaffey Community College, California State University, San Bernardino, and many community partners. Promise Scholars is one of the first universal comprehensive college going programs of its kind in San Bernardino County.

To support the development of Promise Scholars, OMSD is starting the Ontario-Montclair Schools Foundation. This foundation is newly formed and is seeking input and support from individuals, businesses, and service clubs to make the promise possible.