School Reform for College Access


CARA School Reform

There is a growing consensus in the educational community that high schools need to build the work of supporting students in the college search and application process into their mission and structures if they are to truly provide college access for all of their students. 

CARA’s work is rooted in current research into issues of access to higher education for first generation college-going students, as well as in years of work by CARA staff with these students inside high schools across New York City. We work with schools and support organizations to develop 9-12, school-based, inquiry-driven college access programming. We believe that in order to meet students’ post-secondary planning needs, teachers, counselors and administrators have to develop shared understandings about college access work and use school structures strategically to embed post-secondary exploration throughout students’ high school years.

CARA’s School Reform for College Access Programs:

  • College InquiryTM:  Direct coaching to schools and/or school-support organizations to further develop college access programming school-wide
  • Bridge to College:   A program that trains alumni of participating high schools to support graduates between high school graduation and college enrollment
  • Youth Leadership for College Access Programming: Support to individual schools and CBOs that integrate youth leadership into existing programming
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