NYC Public Schools is committed to ensuring that all students graduate from high school with a solid plan, real skills, and a head start toward a life aligned with their passion and purpose with a path to economic security. Our vision is that all students be prepared with a rigorous academic foundation, real-world work experience, significant career skills, a strong college and career plan, and early college credit or industry credentials. This vision is supported by work in the following focus areas:
Strong Plan: Advice on college and professional studies
The NYC Public Schools College and Career Advising programs aim to ensure that high school students get the support and tools they need to launch solidly on their post-high school journey with passion and determination. Robust resources available for high school students include one-on-one live college and career counseling, text reminders with deadlines, information and opportunities, and ways to learn more about help opportunities financial support for each path a student might choose.
Head Start: Career-focused learning
Career-Connected Learning combines classroom learning with meaningful work experience that leads to post-secondary degrees and door-opening credentials, as well as great jobs and careers. There are a number of programs bringing career-related learning to life in New York public schools, including Career and Technical Education (CTE), as well as new pilot programs, including Career Readiness Modern Youth Apprenticeship (CRMYA) and FutureReadyNYC (FRNYC), launched in the 2022-2023 school year.
Real Skills: Computer Education
Computing for All (CS4All) helps schools broaden exposure to computing (CS), provide access to real-world CS experiences, and create an inclusive computing community for all students. Computing for All ensures that all students in NYC public schools are introduced to and learn about computing, with an emphasis on students who identify as girls and Black and Latino students. Through the work of the Computer Science for All initiative, students will be better prepared to use computers during their K-12 and post-graduation experience and gain real computational thinking skills.
Real Skills: Financial Empowerment
Financial literacy and empowerment are key to ensuring students and families have the tools they need to make the financial choices that are right for them. The NYC Kids RISE Save for College program is a scholarship and savings program designed to make college and career education more accessible to all NYC public school students, regardless of family income or immigration status.
Through the Save for College program and our partnership with the non-profit organization NYC Kids RISE, every kindergarten student enrolled in a participating NYC public school automatically receives a NYC Scholarship Account with a stipend of up to to $300 in their name, unless their parents/guardians “opt out” of the program. These financial assets are designed to ensure students get a head start on the path to economic security.