Amy McElroy, Former Attorney, Writer, Editor, parent of a junior high and high school student
This is an excellent question because you are right, there is an apparent assumption that kids who are enrolled in advanced classes--presumably because of high intelligence--will succeed, and don't need much guidance. However, some private programs have demonstrated how minority professionals can serves as role models with powerful results. For example, the Silicon Valley Urban Debate League teaches debate skills to minority high school students to prepare them more successfully for college.
Similar ideas should be implemented into the school curriculum, beyond Black History Month, which currently may be the only time a student is assigned literature written by a person of color. History and cultural lessons should include balanced perspectives of all the students to create a sense of empowerment.
The administration should always look out for any special needs of low income students, without any assumptions based on academic achievement, and make sure they students receive sufficient information about all the options for college and financial aid.