This academic year all NYC high schools juniors will take the SAT free of charge during the school day on Aril 5th.
SATs are critical to opening doors for students to diversify their college choices and apply during the college admission journey. Providing an opportunity for all juniors to take the SATs brings us one step closer to ensuring students across NYC can pursue their college ambitions with equal support and resources. More information about the CollegeAccessForAll Initiative that we support and work in tandem with can be found here.
Our College Ambition Counselors work with students to understand the significance of college admission exams, test prep and proactivity.
We wish all students taking the SAT much success! We look forward to supporting our students through the college admission journey.
College Access for All: High School is a component of New York City’s Equity and Excellence Initiative. The project is expected to develop the capacity of all NYC high schools to deliver high-quality college and career planning and significantly raise the numbers of students who graduate ready for postsecondary education. College Access for All: High School underscores the City’s commitment to strengthening college access for all students by ensuring that all students graduate with a postsecondary plan and resources to enact that plan.
We are honored to be selected to be listed as an approved service provider for the College Access for All Initiative (CA4ALL) and look forward to partnering with schools through the appropriate channels to ensure more NYC High School students discover, apply, and achieve their college ambitions!
College Ambition Counselors are encouraged to not only cultivate ambition in students but also harvest the college graduate spirit within the academic communities we service. By celebrating the educators and supporters within the community, students have additional opportunities to make connections to what they're learning and the possibilities already explored. It is the College Ambition Counselor's goal to break the ice and meet the students more than half way with information and reflections as a foundation.
For each student we then ask: What will be your story?
Ambitious Personal Statements: Supporting Students As They Direct Their Narratives
The personal statement is a major component of the college application process. It presents our scholars with an opportunity to share something unique and personal about their lives that may not be reflected anywhere else within their application. It's an opportunity to exercise ambition!
Across the nation, high school students partner with guidance counselors, college advisors, English teachers, and other advocates to revise and strengthen their personal statements.
Here are New Ambitions, our College Ambition Counselors help students break down the process of writing their first draft into manageable steps. Our Advisors then provide value feedback to help each student bring their stories to life, make them more captivating and intimate, and ensure each student's narrative voice is remembered.
New Ambitions' President also aids in reviewing personal statements from students enrolled in schools that we partner with. Ms. Johnson provides immediate and individual feedback to students.
"I enjoy assisting students as they strengthen their personal statements. It always produces opportunities to explore their untapped creativity, learn more about students we serve, and create foundations for mentorship." - Rachel Johnson, President of New Ambitions.
How are you working to make sure your students personal statements are ambitious?
Students across the nation are completing financial aid applications. Here at New Ambitions, we are working with our students to apply for financial aid with ambition!
Seniors have been briefed on the the importance of the FAFSA before the 2015 - 2016 application became available. Now that we are in full swing, we are making sure each and every student that we service completes all financial aid applications accurately and on time.
College Ambition Counselors review student aid reports and assist students in updating information to reflect 2014 filing records. We're working with parents and advising students through the process. Students are fully aware of the strategies they can use to ensure that they apply on time and send their FAFSA application to their selected schools.
College Ambition Counselors help build college-graduate culture in high schools by facilitating the financial aid application process and equipping students with strategies to successfully complete FAFSAs in the years to come!
New Ambitions partners with Brooklyn Community Arts & Media High School (BCAM) to implement our College Application Ambition program.
Working closely with Principal O'Brien, Guidance Counselor Ms. Lyons, and the school staff allows us to ensure that all seniors complete their college and financial aid applications. Our College Ambition Advisor is working with seniors individually and in small groups to provide customized support for the graduating class of 2015.
So far, 99% of seniors have completed college applications and now are working on their Financial Aid applications.
We are proud to partner with schools that align with our goal to help students discover, apply, and achieve their college ambitions!