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College & Career Readiness

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Under the direction and sponsorship of various colleges and universities The Brooklyn School for Social Justice (BSSJ) offers scholars the opportunity to simultaneously  earn both a high school diploma and  transferable college credits.   

The University in the High School Program at the University at Albany (UHS)

1In school college classes taught by members of our faculty.  The courses provide students with the academic challenges of college-level curricula during their final year(s) of high school. 

                          • AANT 100 Culture, Society, and Biology

                          • English 101

                          • Biology (available some semesters)

                          • Criminal Justice (available some semesters)




Advanced Placement (AP)

1AP Exams are standardized exams designed to measure how well you’ve mastered the content and skills of a specific AP course.

                      • Art

                      • Spanish 

                      • Computer Science (offered some years)

                      • English

                      • Environmental Science (offered certain years)

                      • US History (offered certain years)

Other college and career preparation courses:

                      • Chemistry

                      • Physics 

                      • Marine Biology

                      • Algebra II

                      • Pre-Calculus 

                      • Financial Literacy


College Now, National Education Equity Lab and BTG

1This is a FREE college transition/dual enrollment program for New York City Department of Education high school students.  

  • Some courses offered- College English, Intro to Psychology, Intro to Sociology, College level Algebra Trig, Pre-Cal,

National Education Equity Lab is a nonprofit — working with top colleges and universities, the Common Application, Carnegie Corporation of New York City, and other major institutions — that aims to advance economic and social mobility opportunities for low-income students at scale.

Bridging the Gaps (BTG):  is a NYSED grant funded program that aims to increase underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students in STE(A)M and licensed professions. 

POSSE and even more options!

  • 1Proud POSSE Foundation:  Posse partners with some of the best colleges and universities in the nation. The Posse model works for both students and college campuses and is rooted in the belief that a small, diverse group of talented students—a Posse—carefully selected and trained, can serve as a catalyst for individual and community development. Posse’s primary aim is to train these leaders of tomorrow

  • Pratt Institute

  • Reach Higher/Better Make Change - Michelle Obama college initiated. Students pledge to attend college.

  • Civics Week- BSSJ students initiate registration of students and community members to register to vote.

PAST and optional programs

PAST Affiliates1

  • Medgar Evers College Programs (Dual Programs, Health Professions and Smart Scholars)

  • Long Island University

  • AVID

Optional Programs:

  • TOPS - specialized program for academic, career and essential skills program (ACES).

  • ACCESS-VR -Vocational Rehabilitation services for physical, mental, emotional, or learning disability that is a real barrier to you getting a job

  • COOP-TECH - Cooperative and Technical Education (Coop Tech) program provides CTE courses in a variety of industry driven fields. Courses are one year in length unless otherwise noted. Students co-enroll in their base school and attend the Coop Tech program.


Other In-school college and career readiness opportunities


  • SAT/PSAT Preparation Courses

  • Career Day: Students are exposed to various College and Career options.

  • College Week: Supporting students apply to various Colleges and Celebrating the month of November engaging the school Community and students with various activities and representation of CUNY, SUNY and Private Colleges.

  • FASFA Month: BSSJ students and their families receive information workshops on applying for FASFA, Private loans and Dream Act. Additionally, receive support in filing and the application process throughout the month of December .

  • CUNY Week- October, SUNY Week- November

  • Post-Secondary plan: Every senior scholar will have a strong and personalized post-secondary plan. 

  • Senior Season Week: Senior decision, Alumni Guest Speakers and Activities.

  • In School PSAT/SAT Day:  Students will sit for In school PSAT/SAT exams when scheduled by the DOE