Chancellor Fariña Announces First 100 High Schools to Implement College Access for All in 2016-17

  • Posted: Thu Jun 16, 2016 Updated: Fri Apr 20, 2018

100 schools will receive over $3.5 million in direct funding, as well as ongoing support from a college-planning coach and training to build a college-going culture. Part of City’s reforms to increase equity and excellence across all public schools

NEW YORK – Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced today that 100 schools have been selected to be part of the first College Access for All – High School cohort. The 100 schools will receive over $3.5 million in new direct funding, support from a DOE college-planning coach, and training to build a schoolwide college and career culture. Research shows that the most consistent predictor of students enrolling in college, particularly from low-income backgrounds, is a strong college climate at their high school. Additionally, as part of College Access for All, for the first time, every New York City high school junior will be able to take the SAT free of charge during the school day on April 5, 2017. 

College Access for All is one of the initiatives in Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Fariña’s Equity and Excellence agenda, and will ensure that every New York City high school student will graduate with an individualized college and career plan by the 2018-19 school year. For 2016-17, the cost of supporting these 100 schools as part of College Access for All – High School will total about $6.8 million, including over $3.5 million in direct funding for schools. 

“When we talk about equity and excellence in our schools, there’s nothing more important than making college and careers available to every student, regardless of what neighborhood they live in or their background,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “With College Access for All – High School, 100 schools are going to have the resources to make college and careers part of the vocabulary and expectations for all students, and give students the support to make it a reality.” 

“As the first person in my family go to college, I understand the importance of creating a schoolwide college-going culture and giving students individualized support to get to college,” said Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña. “With College Access for All – Middle School and College Access for All – High School, we’re engaging families and students around the idea of what comes next and giving them unprecedented support. This expansion is an exciting opportunity for the 100 selected schools, and I’m looking forward to seeing this initiative reach all our high schools.” 

The 100 high schools were targeted for College Access for All based on their lower postsecondary enrollment rates, demonstrating a need to strengthen college and career planning. They include 31 schools in the Bronx, 33 in Brooklyn, 20 in Manhattan, 15 in Queens, and one on Staten Island. The support they’ll receive includes three major components: 
  • Summer College Access Inquiry Institute: A five-day summer training for school teams – including at least one administrator, counselor or college advisor, and a teacher – to develop plans to build a schoolwide college and career culture and provide additional college and career support to students. This work builds on the 100 high schools that have attended the Institute and implemented schoolwide college and career plans since the Institute started in 2012.
  • New college planning coaches: The DOE is hiring 11 college planning coaches with expertise in college and career advising and access, and, starting in July, each coach will support about 10 schools over the course of the 2016-17 school year in implementing their schoolwide college and career plans.
  • Funding for college access work: Starting in October, the 100 schools will be able to access a share of over $3.5 million in direct funding to enhance their college and career culture. The funds can be utilized for partnerships with nonprofit college and career access organizations as well as internal expenses like part-time staff or college trips. Allocations will be based on the size of the school and their specific college access plans. Coaches will work with their schools to review and approve applications for funding.

College Access for All schools will also receive support in using data tools – including the FAFSA data portal released earlier this year and the Progress to Graduation Tracker – to monitor students’ college application, financial aid, and college exploration activities and assist them in developing their postsecondary plans. Over the coming year, DOE will continue to develop and implement additional data tools, and roll out additional programming under College Access for All – High School, to support college access and success. 

Participating high schools will continue to receive support from a college-planning coach and direct funding after the 2016-17 school year, and new cohorts will be selected based on need until the 2018-19 school year, when every high school will be part of College Access for All. 

The College Access for All – High School initiative will build a continuum with the new College Access for All – Middle School initiative, which will ensure that every middle school student has the opportunity to visit a college campus by 2018 and also provide new college workshops for students and families. Together, the initiatives will work to promote a college-going culture that encourages students to consider a range of postsecondary options and gives them the support they need to thrive after high school. 

“The College Access for All – High School initiative is strategically focused on training college advisors, counselors, and school staff to build systems that will help students make good decisions about college and careers,” said Mandy Savitz-Romer, Senior Lecturer and Faculty Director of Prevention Science and Practice at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. “New York City is leading the way with this investment in college access and planning systems, and the research shows that an investment in college access is an investment in college retention and success. I look forward to seeing this initiative in action, including the use of data tools to better capture and support students’ progress towards college.” 

“By attending the Summer College Access Inquiry Institute, developing a school-wide college and career plan, and partnering with college access organizations, we’ve transformed the ability of our students to navigate the college process,” said Daryl Blank, principal of The High School of Fashion Industries in Manhattan. “College Access for All will ensure schools have the funding and support to make this work a priority and better serve their students. I look forward to seeing more schools across the City embedding college awareness throughout the building, utilizing research-based models like Youth Leaders and Bridge Coaches, and putting more students on the path to college enrollment and success.” 

“I’m excited to join College Access for All – High School, and strengthen our work around college and career awareness and planning,” said Johanie Hernandez, principal of the Bronx School for Law, Government, and Justice. “This is an opportunity to build our schoolwide college-going culture, and support our teachers in infusing college and career planning into their classrooms every day.” 

“The new College Access for All initiative is going to help us guide students and families who face enormous challenges in their daily lives and who are not familiar with the college process,” said Melanie Katz, principal of Franklin Delano Roosevelt High School in Brooklyn. “My students have amazing drive and potential – by starting college planning earlier and giving them more support at every step along the way, I believe we can turn that drive and potential into greater college enrollment and retention and long-term success.” 

“I am so excited that Science Skills Center will be part of College Access for All – High School. The new resources will help us better prepare our kids for college and careers, from understanding all the options available to them to developing a thoughtful plan for life after high school. My school has also been one of the pilot schools offering the SAT for free during the school day, and I look forward to all high schools across New York City benefiting from the SAT School Day next year,” said Dahlia McGregor, principal of Science Skills Center High School for Science, Technology, & the Creative Arts in Brooklyn

More details on upcoming College Access for All – High School opportunities will continue to be released directly to schools this summer and fall. 

The 100 College Access for All high schools are:


International Community High School 
Bronx Design and Construction Academy 
Urban Assembly Bronx Academy of Letters 
Health Opportunities High School 
Pablo Neruda Academy 
Millennium Art Academy 
Archimedes Academy for Math, Science & Technology Applications 
Antonia Pantoja Preparatory Academy 
Validus Preparatory Academy 
New Directions Secondary School 
School For Excellence 
The Bronx School for Law, Government and Justice 
Frederick Douglass Academy III 
Bronx Engineering and Technology Academy 
Theatre Arts Production Company High School 
The Bronx School of Law and Finance 
International School for Liberal Arts 
World View High School 
KAPPA International High School 
High School for Teaching and the Professions 
Crotona International High School 
Academy for Scholarship & Entrepreneurship 
High School of Computers and Technology 
Bronx Academy of Health Careers 
Astor Collegiate Academy 
Harry S Truman High School 
High School of Language and Innovation 
Bronxwood Preparatory Academy 
Metropolitan High School 
Explorations Academy 
Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation


Brooklyn Community Arts and Media High School 
Science Skills Center High School for Science, Technology & The Creative Arts 
George Westinghouse High School 
The Green School 
Lyons Community School 
Frances Perkins Academy 
The Brooklyn School for Global Studies 
Secondary School for Journalism 
The Cobble Hill School of American Studies 
South Brooklyn Community HS 
Brooklyn High School for Law and Technology 
Brooklyn Academy of Global Finance 
The High School for Global Citizenship 
HS for Youth and Community Development 
Brooklyn Theatre Arts High School 
Victory Collegiate High School 
FDNY High School 
High School for Civil Rights and Law 
Performing Arts and Technology High School 
World Academy for Total Community Health High School 
Transit Tech CTE High School 
Academy of Innovative Technology HS 
Brooklyn Lab School 
Maxwell HS 
Franklin Delano Roosevelt High School 
William E. Grady HS 
Brooklyn Studio Secondary School 
Professional Pathways High School 
Teachers Preparatory School 
EBC HS for Public Service 
Bushwick Leaders’ High School for Academic Excellence


Henry Street School 
Marta Valle High School 
Cascades High School 
The Facing History School 
Urban Assembly School of Business for Young Women 
Emma Lazarus HS for English Language Scholars 
The High School for Language and Diplomacy 
Leadership and Public Service HS 
Manhattan Academy for Arts and Language 
Unity Center for Urban Technologies 
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis High School 
Urban Assembly New York Harbor School 
High School for Arts, Imagination and Inquiry 
Urban Assembly School of Design and Construction 
Urban Assembly Media HS 
Global Learning Collaborative 
High School for Law, Advocacy & Community Justice 
HS of Arts and Technology 
Urban Assembly School for the Performing Arts 
Gregorio Luperon HS


Newtown High School 
Grover Cleveland High School 
Queens Vocational & Technical HS 
Queens Academy High School 
Frederick Douglass Academy VI High School 
Queens HS for Information, Research, and Technology 
Rockaway Collegiate High School 
High School for Law Enforcement and Public Safety 
Queens Preparatory Academy 
Excelsior Preparatory High School 
Preparatory Academy for Writers 
Mathematics, Science Research & Technology High School 
William Cullen Bryant High School 
Information Technology High School 
Newcomers High School


Ralph R. McKee High School 
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