This is a neat story about students from a school in a blue-collar area of Miami who have decided to band together and study for the SAT themselves, in hopes of scoring at least 700 on each of the test's three sections. (800 is a perfect score.)
These students have taken responsibility for their own learning and are, in essence, homeschooling themselves since the education they received at their school was inadequate.
Instead of complaining (like a certain politician's wife does frequently), they're simply doing. And I'd venture to guess they'll be very successful.
I believe that writing about this learning experience on college application essays will also help these students achieve their goals. My daughter shared her own experience self-studying for the Advanced Placement European History exam in some of her college applications.
Universities are interested in motivated, self-starting learners, as this recent Washington Post article on homeschoolers illustrates. The Post article makes a number of excellent points and is well worth reading.
(Hat tip re SAT article: Betsy's Page.)