C-STEP Fordham University
at Fordham University is an exciting and rigorous academic enrichment program designed to help prepare junior high and high school students for licensed professions and scientific, technical and health-related careers. STEP also seeks to increase the representation of historically underrepresented minorities and economically disadvantaged people in these fields. To visit the STEP Fordham Web Site click here.
S-PREP at Columbia University Free Summer Science Program
S-PREP is a rigorous academic year program designed for New York residents who are (e.g., Black, Hispanic, Native American, or Alaskan Native) or economically disadvantaged (see economic eligibility
guidelines ) high school students enrolled in grades 9 - 12 who are seriously interested in pursuing a career in medicine or related health professions. The long range objective of the program is to increase the number of minority physicians and health care professionals. The program offers a schedule of basic and
medical science courses. The courses currently offered may include, but are not limited to the following: Anatomy, biochemistry, embryology, calculus, chemistry, genetics, neuroscience, organic chemistry, physics, physiology, and pre-calculus. In addition, the program offers a SAT preparation course provided by Kaplan.
Classes start in October of the academic year and are held on Saturdays, in morning and afternoon sessions. Medical, dental, and graduate students serve as course preceptors. In addition to the rigorous academic schedule, mandatory college preparation and career development workshops the program offers academic and college
counseling services, field trips and college tours.
Students enrolled in S-PREP are selected on the basis of both character and academic merit. More specifically,
students are selected based on the following criteria: (1) 80% grade average, in math and science (2) A strong interest in medicine, research or the health professions (3) The ability to commit to the course schedule and (4) A mature personality.
S-PREP demands that students attend consistently and give their best effort. Students are allowed only two unexcused absences each semester. More than two absences from the program will result in immediate dismissal from the program. Therefore, students heavily involved in other extracurricular activities or pre-college exam preparation courses should seriously consider whether or not they can commit to the program. In addition, students are expected to maintain an 80% grade average in math and science. Students will be required to submit a copy of their report card to the program quarterly.
The application deadline is Monday, July 22, 2014. Applications received after this date will only be considered after those submitted on time. Students who are seriously interested in S-PREP are encouraged to
submit all application materials by the indicated deadline. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
For more information please visit our website at www.oda-ps.cumc.columbia.edu/sprep. To apply, download the application HERE.
SUMMER MULTIMEDIA ARTS ACADEMY (FOR CURRENT 10th and 11th GRADERS) Click this to download application
- You must be a NYC Public High School student who will be a junior or senior in September 2014.
- You must have received a 75+ English Language Arts (ELA) Regents Exam or 480+ on SAT Verbal/Critical Reading section or 50+ on PSAT Verbal/Critical Reading section with an overall HS GPA of 80+.
- You must have passed all other required math, science and history regents exams for graduation requirements and not be required to attend summer school.
Sophomores and the PSAT
Once you receive your PSAT scores you will be able to view your test online by creating an account at www.collegeboard.com. Use the code provided on the top right hand side of your score report to download your PSAT test into your collegeboard account. This is all done under the "My College Quickstart" section of the collegeboard account. If you no longer have access to the code, just click on "acces without code" and complete the required information. Feel free to stop by Mr. Giordano's office on the 6th floor for more information.
HEAF Free Program for college bound sophomores
HEAF looks for students who demonstrate intellectual curiosity, academic
motivation, personal resiliency, and self-discipline.
- Currently attend a NYC public or parochial school
- Strong desire to attend a four-year college or university
- Have a minimum GPA of 80% with no grade below 80% in a core subject (Math, English/ELA, Science, or Social Studies)
- Have scores of 3 or 4 on the New York State standardized tests (or score in the 60th percentile or higher on the ITBS test)
- High school applicants must have a minimum score of 75% or above on their Math and English regents exams.
- Middle school applicants must be committed to attending a competitive New York City public high school from among those schools listed on the "HEAF Approved High Schools" list.
- Good school attendance
- Availability to participate in all mandatory HEAF program activities
- Currently be in grades 5 through 10. (We work with students from sixth grade until college graduation, but students may only apply to the program between the final semester of the fifth grade year and the final semester of the tenth grade year.)
A free service for students, Opportunity Scholar benefits include:
• Connections with colleges active in the recruitment of first-generation, low-income, and minority students through CSO College Center
• Monthly Opportunity Scholars e-newsletters, college admissions guidance and support
• Eligibility for CSO Opportunity Scholarships and a chance to blog on CSO's Opportunity Scholars Blog
Who are Opportunity Scholars?
Opportunity Scholars are exemplary 9th-12th grade students generally characterized by the following:
• First-generation college-bound [students whose parents did not go to or graduate from college]; and/or
• Limited financial resources [students who seek financial aid and scholarship support for college]; and/or
• Underrepresented/minority groups [students who identify as African-American/Black, American Indian/Alaska native, Hispanic/Latino/a, Asian/Indian Subcontinent/Pacific Islander, and/or rural]
• Students taking a college preparatory curriculum at their high school
• Students demonstrate high engagement in extracurricular and leadership programs
Opportunity Scholars are not defined by minimum academic qualifications, as CSO college partners reflect a spectrum of selectivity to accommodate a diverse pool of student achievement and needs. A complete list of CSO partner colleges can be viewed here.
How do you get nominated to be an Opportunity Scholar?
- Students wishing to become Opportunity Scholars can complete the CSO College Center ConnectNow student profile to get involved.
- Opportunity Scholars can also be nominated by high school counselors and teachers, community-based organization staff, and college access professionals that work with these students.
- To nominate a student, please have them complete the ConnectNow student profile to get involved.
Action Plan: High School Sophomores
Plan for the Year Ahead
· Meet with your counselor to discuss your college plans. Review your schedule with him or her to make sure you're enrolled in challenging classes that will help you prepare for college. Colleges prefer four years of English, history, math, science, and a foreign language.
· Start a calendar with important dates and deadlines.
· Get more involved with your extracurricular activities.
· Use College Search to find out the required courses and tests of colleges that you might be interested in attending.
· Go to college fairs in your area.
· Prepare for the OCTOBER SAT
· Use the access code on your PSAT/NMSQT score report to sign in to My College QuickStart™. With this personalized planning kit, you can prepare for the SAT using a study plan based on your PSAT/NMSQT results and explore lists of suggested colleges, majors, and careers.
· Don’t forget to write down your username and password and store it in a safe location.
· Talk to your counselor and teachers about taking SAT Subject Tests™ in your strong subjects this spring. Take Subject Tests such as World History, Biology E/M, and Chemistry while the material is still fresh in your mind.
· Learn about college costs and how financial aid works.
· Use the College Savings Calculator to see how much money you'll need for college, whether you're on track to save enough, and what you need to do to reach your goal. Talk to your parents about financing college
· Visit colleges while they're in session.
· Find out about college firsthand from college friends who are home for the holidays.
· Look for a great summer opportunity — job, internship, or volunteer position.
· Check with your counselor and search online for summer school programs for high school students at colleges.
· Start a summer reading list. Ask your teachers to recommend books.
· Plan to visit college campuses to get a feel for your options. Start with colleges near you.
· Finalize your summer plans.
Start creating a list of colleges that you are interested in and maintain this list through collegeboard.