CARA Study: Integration of College Access into NYC High Schools


CARA released a Policy Brief, “Organizing for Access” funded in part by the Heckscher Foundation for Children, which provides deep insights into how to integrate a successful college access program in New York City High Schools. The study is pivotal to an understanding of successful practices to support students’ post-secondary pathways.

The policy brief is the result of three years of research at New York City schools who were working to restructure their college access work. It explores the challenges schools face, and then surfaces successful practices.


  • The role of school leadership in shepherding curriculum implementation and building shared ownership and accountability among teachers
  • The pros and cons of utilizing various classroom “spaces” for 9-12th access work
  • The resources needed to move postsecondary counseling from an ‘enrichment’ to an ‘entitlement’ model.

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