College Readiness

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College Readiness

College Trip to Hofstra University

 Students on their college trip to Hofstra University  

Winter 2017 REBOUND @ The Miccio Center Internship Celebration

 Students holding trophies 

 New Dawn has developed a college readiness culture as evidenced by the following areas:

  • Students have the opportunity to take the PSAT and SAT exams.
  • Students interested in attending college, particularly 4 year institutions, are provided the opportunity to take the SAT exam.
  • Students have opportunities to attend college fairs and visit various NYC based colleges/universities within the school and outside of it.
  • Admissions presentations from CUNY, SUNY, and private institutions are offered at the school.
  • College Admissions and financial aid nights are offered for all students, and we have one-on-one college counseling within our College and Career Readiness Department.
  • Students receive individualized assistance for developing personal statement college essays.
  • Students and parents receive individualized financial aid counseling regarding FAFSA, TAP, and federal loans

 Internship Sites:

* Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger

* Burlington Coat Factory

* Community Board # 7

* Food Bank of New York City

* Hopkins Center

* REBOUND @ The Miccio Center

* Red Hook Arts Project

College Now

The College Now program is a city-wide collaborative program with the City University of New York (CUNY) and more than 350 New York City public high schools.  New Dawn Charter High School has partnered with the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) to provide students a head start in college while also helping them improve their level of academic achievement in high school. The overall program aims to

  • Increase student preparation and access to college level course work, professors, and campus life. College Now students visit different colleges and meet with various college representatives based on their interests.
  • Place current New Dawn students on a path that leads to free transferable college credits from the Borough of Manhattan Community College.
 Program Overview:

Introduction to College Foundation Course: Students accepted into the College Now program will take an introductory foundation course taught during the school day at New Dawn Charter High School. These courses are inter-disciplinary seminars that begin to expose students to the rigors and challenges of a college career. Students will receive 1 high school elective credit upon completion of the course.

College Credit Course: Students who successfully complete the Foundation course may advance to the challenges of a college credit course  at  the Borough of Manhattan Community College pending approval from the New Dawn Charter High School administration. To take a college credit course student must maintain consistent attendance, good academic standing in their other classes, and mature behavior.


College Now is offered to students who demonstrate excellent academic and character standing.  In order to enroll in the class, students must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Students must have at least 28 high school credits.
  • Students must pass all their classes in the current semester, including advisory; all students must pass an advisory class to be eligible to admission into the College Now Program.

College Now

College Access for All

 College Access for All logo                                  (College Access: Research & Action) logo  


In the Summer of 2017, New Dawn became 1 of 100 high schools in NYC who receives training and funding to build school-wide college and career culture with the Department of Education’s College Access For All initiative. During the 2017-2018 school year, we increased student awareness of post-secondary options and fields of study by building curricula used in all core and elective/advisory courses starting in the 9th grade. Additionally, the CARA (College Access: Research & Action) College Bridge Program addresses the gap in college guidance by training college students, called College Coaches, who support our graduating seniors in during their senior year and the summer before they go off to college. The College Coach, as long with the College Counselor, help students navigate the college application and financial aid processes, assist with budgeting for textbooks, arranging transportation to college and register for courses.