Office of Postsecondary Readiness

The Office of Postsecondary Readiness researches and develops school and program models that help students graduate from high school ready for college and careers.

College Application Week

Are you supporting students planning for college?

College Application Week took place October 26-30, 2015This statewide effort raises awareness about the importance of college planning and supports schools helping low-income and first-generation college-bound students apply.  For more information about this initiative, visit this website. Educators and counselors, to bring College Application Week events to your school, stay tuned for registration information around October-November for the latest on this national initiative. 

Check out New York City’s College Application Week activities

  • A Citywide virtual college fair on Thursday, Oct. 29, giving students the opportunity to have live online conversations with admission officers and students from CUNY, SUNY and over 100 higher education institutions. Students and families can register online here. 
  • College essay workshop at John Jay College, where 80 students from across the City will receive coaching from admissions experts on crafting essays for scholarships and admissions. All NYC students are eligible to receive free online college essay support throughout this week and school year.
  • The release of an updated DOE College Planning Handbook, which provides detailed information to help students apply to college, obtain financial aid, and transition to college
  • CUNY and SUNY-led workshops, where CUNY and SUNY representatives will answer questions and help students complete applications
  • Application sessions and challenges, where seniors will work on their applications and receive support from college advisors, staff, and volunteers – from “College Crunch Night” at a school in Downtown Brooklyn to “College Application Help Parties,” where students at a Staten Island school meet 1-on-1 with their college counselor
  • Alumni panels, where former graduates will share their college experiences and offer college planning advice
  • Events focused on 9th, 10th, and 11th-graders, including SAT and College Now registration and information sessions around graduation and transcript requirements.
Are you a student planning for college?
  • Check out the DOE College Planning Handbook
  • Visit NYC College Line for the latest resources and programs related to college.
  • Learn about starting the process, preparing for, getting in, paying for, staying in, and graduating college (updated regularly with live webinars and student scholarship contests).

Are you a family member helping a student?

Are you a student (ages 15-21) still need a high school diploma before moving on to college/career?

More Postsecondary Readiness Resources

College and career readiness benchmarks for student development.

Academic and Personal Behaviors Inquiry Institute is an opportunity for schools to gain a broad understanding of how student noncognitive factors/academic & personal behaviors affect school performance and how classroom environments and teacher practices influence the development and expression of these factors in the classroom. 

For the separate Advanced Academic and Personal Behaviors Institutecurrent participants can review their work securely. This Institute focuses on strengthening and scaling pedagogical practices learned in the Academic and Personal Behaviors Institute. The focus is scaling work by including more school-based practitioners. Schools receive coaching, turn-key resources and practices, and engage in "networked improvement communities."

School Time Lab
 is a two-year research effort examining how schools use the fundamental resource of time to provide opportunities for all students to enroll in the higher-level coursework and developmental experiences necessary for college and career. This report includes an overview chapter describing key themes, trade-offs and strategies; and provides individual case studies on ten model schools. A Reader’s Guide is included at the end to help navigate the report and apply lessons learned.

The Transfer School Common Core Institute's How to Help Struggling High School Students Reach Common Core Standards: New York City's Comprehensive Approach is a report authored by Jobs for the Future, documenting the pilot phase of a promising professional development initiative designed to build the capacity of school leaders and teachers to prepare the city’s most vulnerable high school students to master the Common Core State Standards. These over-age and under-credited students attend transfer schools.

Career and technical education programs give students opportunities to master academic, technical, and workforce skills in specific industries. CTE includes work-based learning and internships.

Computer science for all (CS4ALL) is a multi-year public-private partnership that  promises every students will receive computer science education at each school level, over the next ten years. CS4ALL builds off of the success of the Software Engineering Pilot (SEP)  a computer science curriculum-development and teacher-training program in 18 public middle and high schools.

New York City Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools (NYC P-TECHs)
 offer six-year programs in which students can earn both a high school diploma and an associate degree while gaining job-related experiences and skills.

The Expanded Success Initiative is a research and design project in 40 schools as well as a new high school model development effort designed to improve college readiness and career outcomes for Black and Latino young men.

Digital Ready was a school-redesign program that supports personalized learning and other student-centered practices in 20 public middle and high schools.


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