If you're 15-21 years old and behind in credits or have dropped out of school, look over this Additional Ways to Graduate directory to find a way to earn a high school diploma or GED in your borough.
Curious? Watch this YouTubevideo or Vimeo to hear personal student experiences and then call a Transfer School or Young Adult Borough Center to see if one of them is right for you.
Call a Referral Centers for High School Alternative find out about high school alternatives and, if you need it, find childcare, counseling, drug treatment, or housing referrals. If you can't get through to a Referral Center, call 917-521-3639.
Students at any high school can use this College Planning Handbook to navigate the entire college application process, including how to select the right place, applying for financial aid, and getting tips on staying successful throughout the college experience.
Parents/guardians of students at any high school can use this guide to Planning for Success: Supporting Transitions though High School to College and Career to make informed decisions for their son or daughter. This resource, written by public school parents, includes tips on strengthening parental involvement and the wide range of options available to students after high school.
The Young Adult Borough Center Model: Reconnecting to School and the Future outlines the Young Adult Borough Center (YABC) model.
The Young Adult Borough Center Practitioner Handbook: Strengthening Partnerships and Supporting Student Learning is a resource for new staff and new leaders joining existing YABC programs and for educators outside the NYC education system interested in the day-to-day procedures at a YABC.
A Professional Learning Path to Rigorous and Relevant Instruction: Key Lessons from the Transfer School Institute outlines the essential elements of teaching and learning within a Transfer School context.
The Office of Postsecondary Readiness (OPSR) was established in 2005 (as the historic Office of Multiple Pathways to Graduation) to develop a portfolio of educational models to meet the needs of differentiated segments of over-age and under-credited students and bring them to graduation prepared for college and career success. OPSR has built from its track record of success to provide a comprehensive vision of postsecondary readiness for all schools citywide. With the addition of Career and Technical Education, OPSR is well-positioned to provide strategies in postsecondary readiness that include both academic and 21st century labor force options. Other college and career readiness initiatives include the Expanded Success Initiative (a pioneering effort part of the Mayor’s Young Men’s Initiative aimed at closing the achievement gap for Black and Latino young men) and Connected Foundations (an innovative, credit-bearing technology course focused on digital literacy).
District 79 oversees many alternative programs, including the former GED® Plus, which combines academics, support services, and college/career preparation to help students achieve their high school equivalency diploma.