Ask a classroom of seventh-graders at Bloomingdale Middle School how many intend to go to college, and every hand in the room flies up.
These are students with dreams of becoming doctors, lawyers, teachers or engineers.
But their chances of actually earning a four-year college degree? At best, one in three.
And the odds are particularly stacked against students in communities such as Bloomingdale, where money is tight, few parents have college degrees and children have a history of falling through the cracks academically.