Chancellor Fariña Announces 175 More High Schools to Implement College Access for All

  • Posted: Wed Jul 26, 2017 Updated: Tue Mar 12, 2019

Key Initiative in Mayor and Chancellor’s Equity and Excellence for All Agenda. 274 total high schools will participate in College Access for All in 2017-18

NEW YORK – Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña today announced that 175 more high schools will participate in College Access for All for the 2017-18 school year, in addition to the schools that were part of the initiative in 2016-17. College Access for All is a key initiative in Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Fariña’s Equity and Excellence for All agenda.  

College Access for All schools receive differentiated support to build a schoolwide college and career culture, which research shows is the most consistent predictor of students enrolling in college. This includes direct funding, support from a DOE college-planning coach, and training for school teams to build a schoolwide college and career culture.

“Equity and excellence in our schools means making college a reality for all students, no matter what neighborhood they’re from,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “As more schools join our program, we are expanding access and opportunity, and changing the trajectory of our students’ futures.”

“As the first person in my family to go to college, I understand just how important it is to have a schoolwide college and career culture where students have the awareness and support to get to a range of postsecondary options,” said Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña. “With graduation rates, college readiness, and college enrollment already at record highs, this is the next step in ensuring all our students are ready for college and careers.”  

The 175 new College Access for All high schools include 61 in the Bronx, 56 in Brooklyn, 28 in Manhattan, 28 in Queens, and two on Staten Island. The 175 schools include six charter high schools.

For the first time, College Access for All will include “high-capacity” schools – 35 high schools with high postsecondary enrollment rates that will receive training and funding to explore and strengthen their own practices and share them with other high schools across the City. The addition of high-capacity schools to College Access for All reflects the City’s commitment to collaboration between school communities to improve support and outcomes across schools. Other school collaboration initiatives include the District-Charter Partnerships initiative, the Learning Partners Program, Showcase Schools, and the Middle School Quality Initiative.

Additionally, of the 175 high schools, 15 schools at four campuses are using their training and funding to support new Student Success Centers – college and career planning hubs staffed by school and CBO staff as well as student Youth Leaders.  

“College Access for All means expanding opportunities for our students to be ready to succeed in college and careers. Our goal is to support every high school in strengthening their college-going culture and a key part of that is ensuring schools can take advantage of the most powerful resource for improvement: each other. That’s why we’re expanding supports for schools, while creating intentional opportunities for educators to collaborate and share their process of improvement,” said Phil Weinberg, Deputy Chancellor for Teaching and Learning.   

“We are so excited to be in our second year with College Access for All, and that 175 more high schools will be participating,” said Carl Manalo, principal of the Queens High School for Information, Research, and Technology. “We saw a huge gain in college applications and acceptances last year. We’ve started a college access curriculum in the 9th grade and integrated it throughout the building – resulting in big changes in how our students feel about college and careers, and the options open to them. This is one of the best initiatives that I’ve seen in a long time as an educator, and I have no doubt that it will have an incredible impact on all the schools that are joining this year.”

“Energy Tech has worked closely with college and industry partners to develop a college and career-ready mindset in our students, and College Access for All offers an incredible opportunity for us to drill down and improve our own work and also share our strong practices with other schools,” said Hope Barter, principal of Energy Tech High School. “When schools collaborate with one another, we can level the playing field for students across the City – so they have both a clear understanding of their postsecondary options, and the resources to get there.”

“College Access for All is a game-changer for the way that we, as a CTE school, approach college and career readiness and access,” said Moses Ojeda, principal of Thomas A. Edison Career & Technical Education High School. “This initiative will help us break the barrier of traditional expectations, and increase options for our students and families. The new training, resources, and ability to share best practices with other schools are an important investment in our students’ futures.”

“When something’s important, we make sure there are real resources specifically devoted to it,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. “Direct funding and dedicated coaching support will help more students gain access to higher education and the lifelong benefits that come with it.”

“The College Access for All initiative provides essential supports for New York City’s students, and I’m extremely pleased that the Department of Education will be expanding these services to new schools as they work towards their full roll-out,” said Assembly Member Deborah Glick.

“It is heartening that more high schools will participate in College Access for All in the coming school year,” said NYC Council Education Committee Chair Daniel Dromm. “By making the application process more transparent and affordable, this initiative makes college a reality for a greater number of students. It is especially beneficial to children who do not have any close friends or relatives to guide them along the way. I celebrate this development and will continue to support College Access for All which has already done so much to improve the lives of young people in our City.”

“Access to higher education should be available to everyone, regardless of their economic background,” said NYC Council Member Corey Johnson, Chair of the Health Committee. “Eliminating the stumbling blocks that would otherwise keep college-bound students out is an incredible step toward that goal. I applaud Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Carmen Fariña for taking another progressive action to help educate the next generation.”

The Equity and Excellence for All agenda aims to ensure that by 2026, 80 percent of students graduate high school on time and two-thirds of graduates are college ready. Building on record-high graduation rates, record-low dropout rates, and a high-quality pre-K seat for every New York City 4-year-old, Equity and Excellence for All is creating a path from pre-K to college and careers for every child in every neighborhood in New York City.

Through College Access for All, by 2018-19, every middle school student will have the opportunity to visit a college campus and every high school student will graduate with an individual college and career plan. The initiative has also eliminated the CUNY college application fee for low-income students, and made the SAT exam available free of charge during the school day for all high school juniors. College Access for All is also supporting funding for 28 additional high schools to hire alumni “bridge coaches” to ensure graduating seniors follow through on their plans to enroll in college in the fall. 

The 175 new College Access for All high schools are:


Holcombe L. Rucker School of Community Research 
Banana Kelly High School 
Bronx Envision Academy 
Young Women's Leadership School of the Bronx 
M.S. 223 The Laboratory School of Finance and Technology 
Bronx Latin 
Women's Academy of Excellence 
Jill Chaifetz Transfer High School 
Crotona Academy High School 
New World High School 
In-Tech Academy (M.S. / High School 368) 
Bronx Studio School for Writers and Artists 
Morris Academy for Collaborative Studies 
High School for Violin and Dance 
Bronx International High School 
Arturo A. Schomburg Satellite Academy Bronx 
Herbert H. Lehman High School 
Renaissance High School for Musical Theater & Technology 
Pelham Lab High School 
Schuylerville Preparatory High School 
Bronx River High School 
Westchester Square Academy 
Bronx High School of Business 
Bronx High School for Medical Science 
Collegiate Institute for Math and Science 
Bronxdale High School 
Mott Hall V 
Bronx High School for Writing and Communication Arts 
Bronx Lab School 
High School for Contemporary Arts 
Bronx Aerospace High School 
The Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music 
West Bronx Academy for the Future 
Belmont Preparatory High School 
Fordham High School for the Arts 
Bronx High School for Law and Community Service 
Bronx Collaborative High School 
Bronx Bridges High School 
Bronx Guild 
Bronx Compass High School 
Bronx Community High School 
Eagle Academy for Young Men 
Marble Hill High School for International Studies 
Bronx Theatre High School 
New Visions Charter High School for the Humanities 
Alfred E. Smith Career and Technical Education High School 
Bronx Haven High School 
School for Tourism and Hospitality 
Bronx Academy for Software Engineering (BASE) 
High School for Energy and Technology 
Bronx Leadership Academy II High School 
New Explorers High School 
Careers in Sports High School 
Bronx High School for the Visual Arts 
Bronx Leadership Academy High School 
Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School 
The Urban Assembly School for Applied Math and Science 
Mott Hall Bronx High School 
Bronx Arena High School 
Bronx Collegiate Academy 
NYC Charter High School for Architecture, Engineering and Construction Industries (AECI)


Gotham Professional Arts Academy 
The Brooklyn Latin School 
Brooklyn Collegiate: A College Board School 
Juan Morel Campos Secondary School 
Brooklyn High School for Leadership and Community Service 
Young Women’s Leadership School of Brooklyn 
Frederick Douglass Academy VII High School 
Olympus Academy 
Brooklyn Democracy Academy 
Metropolitan Diploma Plus High School 
Bushwick Community High School 
Digital Arts and Cinema Technology High School 
The Boerum Hill School for International Studies 
Urban Assembly Institute of Math and Science for Young Women 
International High School at Lafayette 
Abraham Lincoln High School 
The Urban Assembly School for Collaborative Healthcare 
Multicultural High School 
International High School at Prospect Heights 
Brooklyn School for Music & Theatre 
School for Legal Studies 
The High School for Enterprise, Business, and Technology 
Boys and Girls High School 
Research and Service High School 
Brooklyn Academy High School 
Bedford Stuyvesant Preparatory High School 
Secondary School for Journalism 
Park Slope Collegiate 
Science, Technology and Research Early College High School at Erasmus 
Academy for College Preparation and Career Exploration: A College Board School 
Brooklyn Institute for Liberal Arts 
The School for Human Rights 
Academy for Environmental Leadership 
Bushwick School for Social Justice 
Academy of Urban Planning 
Origins High School 
New Visions Charter High School for Advanced Math and Science III 
New Visions Charter High School for the Humanities III 
High School for Innovation in Advertising and Media 
Brooklyn Generation School 
Academy for Conservation and the Environment 
Brooklyn Bridge Academy 
John Dewey High School 
City Polytechnic High School of Engineering, Architecture, and Technology 
Brooklyn Preparatory High School 
Williamsburg Preparatory School 
It Takes A Village Academy 
Liberation Diploma Plus 
West Brooklyn Community High School 
Urban Assembly School for Music and Art 
W.E.B. Dubois Academic High School 
East Brooklyn Community High School 
Aspirations Diploma Plus High School 
Brownsville Academy High School 
ACORN Community High School 
Urban Dove Charter School 
New Dawn Charter High School


Lower East Side Preparatory High School 
Academy for Social Action 
Frederick Douglass Academy II Secondary School 
The Heritage School 
Columbia Secondary School 
Pace High School 
Manhattan Business Academy 
New Design High School 
University Neighborhood High School 
Union Square Academy for Health Sciences 
Academy for Software Engineering 
International High School at Union Square 
High School for Media and Communications 
High School for Law and Public Service 
High School for Health Careers and Sciences 
The College Academy 
Frank McCourt High School 
Innovation Diploma Plus 
Art and Design High School 
Manhattan / Hunter Science High School 
Edward A. Reynolds West Side High School 
Food and Finance High School 
Business of Sports School 
City As School 
High School for Mathematics, Science and Engineering at City College 
Independence High School 
Young Women's Leadership School 
East Side Community School


York Early College Academy 
World Journalism College Preparatory: A College Board School 
Energy Tech High School 
East-West School of International Studies 
Channel View School for Research 
Rockaway Park High School for Environmental Sustainability 
George Washington Carver High School for the Sciences 
Martin Van Buren High School 
Long Island City High School 
International High School for Health Sciences 
Veritas Academy 
Queens High School for Language Studies 
Academy of Medical Technology: A College Board School 
Richmond Hill High School 
John Adams High School 
Institute for Health Professions at Cambria Heights 
Benjamin Franklin High School for Finance & Information Technology 
Thomas A. Edison Career and Technical Education High School 
Eagle Academy for Young Men III 
High School for Construction Trades, Engineering and Architecture 
Young Women's Leadership School, Queens 
Queens Metropolitan High School 
Young Women's Leadership School, Astoria 
Civic Leadership Academy 
Pan American International High School 
Voyages Preparatory 
North Queens Community High School 
Robert F. Wagner, Jr. Secondary School for Arts and Technology 

Staten Island

Port Richmond High School 
Curtis High School

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