Comprehensive Development, Inc. (CDI) is the non-profit arm of Manhattan Comprehensive Night and Day High School. Established in 1995, CDI’s mission is to remove barriers to students’ graduation and prepare students for success as adults.
Working in shared space within the school building, CDI staff members help improve the academic skills, career options, and college opportunities of MC students through free, intensive, wraparound and integrated serviced. MC faculty and CDI staff and volunteers unite to provide extraordinary academic support, an encouraging environment, and career direction for our students who may never before have had these advantages.
With the exception of holidays, CDI’s Student Life Center is open 8:30am to 11:00pm, Monday through Thursday and 8:30am to 6:00pm Fridays during the fall and spring semesters, and 8:30am to 8:30pm, Monday through Thursday during the summer. In addition, CDI is open on Sundays from 10:00am until 6:00pm when school is in session.
Tutoring: CDI’s tutoring program with its roster of more than 200 volunteers is the largest volunteer high school tutoring program in New York City. On staff tutors also provided in-class tutoring.
Engagement Unit: For students with flagging attendance, the CDI engagement staff checks attendance daily, makes pre-school telephone calls, engages parents, has daily check-in visits and conducts frequent counseling sessions. Social issues are addressed by referrals to CDI’s large network of medical, counseling and legal service providers.
College Advisement and Scholarships: The CDI College Office assisted students in obtaining financial assistance and acceptance to a wide range of public and private colleges.
Career Services: Through one-on-one career planning sessions and seminars, paid internships that integrate work experience with employment readiness training, CDI provides in-depth career exploration opportunities.
Post Graduation Support: CDI helps recent graduates of MC to apply to college, negotiate the complexity of higher education, apply for college and financial aid, secure and retain employment, and prevent crises through counseling.