Building a college- and career-ready culture in every New York City public school.

Nearly one in four NYC students does not enroll in college or other meaningful postsecondary pathways after graduation. College Access for All aims to reduce the gap between high school graduation and postsecondary enrollment.

College Access for All (CA4A) is part of the mayor’s ambitious “Equity and Excellence” agenda to ensure all NYC students succeed in their postsecondary path. College Access for All is aimed at ensuring that every high school will have the resources they need to create a college- and career-ready culture that enables all students to develop a meaningful postsecondary plan. CA4A’s goal is to raise the bar of achievement for every student, shifting the focus from high school graduation to postsecondary success, and graduating students with the skills, mindsets, and long-term planning abilities required to thrive in the postsecondary pathway of their choice.

How Does CA4A Work?
CA4A offers participating high schools three years of funding, as well as access to a community dedicated to increasing college and career access for students by advancing the best practices needed to build a “college-and career-ready” culture in every high school. This support is anchored in four core components:

What does participation look like?

For schools joining the program in 2018–19, the program includes:


Support through on-site coaching from a College and Career Planning Manager (based on assessed school needs)
✓ Develop a school-based team focused on building and sustaining the postsecondary planning and
preparation at your school
✓ Build and routinize processes that correspond to key milestones of the College and Career Planning
✓ Track progress of key postsecondary planning metrics in order to support school-based team and/ or designated school staff in making data-driven decisions and adjustments
✓ Determine how to best allocate direct funding resources and connect with appropriate prospective partners (e.g., vendors, other schools) to meet your school’s postsecondary planning goals
✓ Ensure that all students graduate with an individual postsecondary plan that spans grades 9–12
✓ Engage with college-access toolkits and curricular resources


A commitment from the school leader to prioritize this work
✓ Three to five teachers and counselors excited to serve on a school-based team
✓ Time for the team to meet monthly with a College and Career Planning Manager
✓ Attendance by the same three to five staff members and the school leader at Summer Institute and the three Chancellor’s Conference Days (see timeline on p. 3)

A commitment to engage in the college- and career-planning calendar events:
✓ College Application Week
✓ Financial Aid Awareness Month
✓ Career Exploration Month
✓ SAT Day
✓ College Decision Day
Conduct an end-of-year survey of your senior class to measure their college knowledge and gather student feedback on your post secondary counseling


Student Outcomes

By the end of the school year,more of your students will…

  • Make informed decisions about their postsecondary next steps
  • Apply to college and use the available resources (e.g.,CUNY fee waivers)
  • Complete FAFSA/TAP to determine financial aid support and scholarship opportunities
  • Prepare for and take the SAT more than once (in school during their junior year through SAT School Day and in the fall of their senior year)
  • Make informed decisions about enrolling in college considering costs/expenses/aid and appropriate match (academic program, location, etc.)

School Outcomes

By the end of the school year, your school will have…

  • At least one staff member trained in comprehensive college counseling
  • A school-based team coordinating postsecondary-planning culture and effective individualized work
  • Schoolwide assessment analyzing current postsecondary data to determine schoolwide goals and processes for meeting goals

Growth in college matriculation milestones:
▷ % of eligible students redeeming CUNY fee waiver
▷ % of students completing FAFSA
▷ % of students sitting for the SAT more than once
▷ % of students enrolling in college and other postsecondary programs

If possible to track: students applying to a wider variety of schools

  • Direct student services support from external partner(s) to increase one of the growth areas above
  • Training in STARS postsecondary tracker (in development)