College Inquiry


What is College Inquiry?

CARA’s College Inquiry program works to develop a comprehensive, college-going infrastructure for schools that supports first-generation-to-college students, low-income students, and students of color from postsecondary exploration, to application, to enrollment.

Our goal is to embed post-secondary exploration in a student’s regularly scheduled day, throughout their high school years. We provide a comprehensive, field-tested curriculum and work with teachers, counselors, and administrators, to build the staff’s capacity around college access in order to increase students’ college enrollment and persistence rates.

Through College Inquiry, CARA offers:



Coaching for staff on the development of a strong college-going culture

Comprehensive curriculum for grades 6-12, with lesson plans and materials

Resources for school leaders, including tools for post- secondary planning and professional development for staff

College office resources to
support individual
counseling for 11th and
12th grades

How does College Inquiry work?

College Inquiry coaches work strategically to:

  • Assess existing college access work and create goals and action plans
  • Plan and facilitate the ongoing work of college access teams and individual staff
  • Design and run professional development sessions on college access for staff
  • Facilitate the creation of college offices and develop the work of college counselors
  • Choose and implement curriculum plans for each
  • Develop thoughtful 6-12th or 9-12th grade scope and sequence plans

To read more about College Inquiry’s approach, click here

To see a Table of Contents for the curriculum, click here. 

To see a Table of Contents for CARA’s professional development materials, click here



“CARA has helped our school evaluate its current college program, understand what we are doing well so that we can build on our strengths, and determine the gaps in our program in order to address them. The inquiry-based nature of the program has ensured that the work is school-specific and aligns with the academic and professional culture of our school.”

-Emily Sintz, Assistant Principal, Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School


Sites and Partnerships

  • Academy for Careers in Television & Film
  • Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE)
  • Brooklyn Community Arts & Media High School
  • Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies
  • Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education
  • Central Park East High School
  • East Side Community School
  • East Side House Settlement
  • ELLIS Preparatory Academy
  • Energy Tech High School
  • Expeditionary School for Community Leaders
  • Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School
  • Flushing International High School
  • Gotham Professional Arts Academy
  • Groundswell
  • Harvest Collegiate High School
  • High School for Fashion Industries
  • High School for Hospitality Management
  • High School for Youth & Community Development
  • Inwood Early College for Health & Information Technologies
  • Institute for Health Professions at Cambria Heights
  • International High School at Lafayette
  • International Community High School
  • International High School at Prospect Heights
  • International High School at Union Square
  • Kingsbridge Heights Community Center
  • Kurt Hahn Expeditionary Learning School
  • Manhattan Early College School for Advertising
  • Pathways to Graduation, NYC Department of Education
  • Queens High School for Language Studies
  • Pan American International High School @ Elmhurst
  • Park East High School
  • Pelham Lab High School
  • Pratt Institute – Pratt Young Scholars Program
  • Repertory High School for Theater Arts
  • Richmond Hill High School
  • The Heritage School
  • Urban Arts Partnership
  • Williamsburg High School for Art and Technology
  • YMCA of Greater New York
  • YWCA Brooklyn

For more information about The College Inquiry Program contact Janice Bloom:

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