College Partnerships
& Test Prep Programs

College Now

College Now is CUNY’s largest collaborative program with the New York City secondary public school system. The goal of College Now, much like many dual enrollment programs, is to help students meet high school graduation requirements and prepare for success in college, both academically and socially. In addition, program administrators have designed program activities with the goal of enhancing performance on Regents and CUNY placement exams so that students will be able to enroll in college without the need for remediation.



Click to watch Great World Texts 7, 2014, Celebration Video

Click to watch Great World Texts 7, 2014, Celebration Video


Great World Texts is a collaboration between Gallatin Writing Program faculty, Gallatin undergraduates, and New York City public high school teachers and students. Each year students study a canonical work or contemporary classic. In a tutorial, Gallatin undergraduates discuss the text, learn about social and pedagogical issues, and become mentors in the high schools. During the semester, mentors facilitate the study of the text using multimedia classroom resources created by the faculty adviser. The semester culminates in a public performance at which the high school students share writing projects inspired by the book.

Jump Start

BAL 11th and 12th grade students who exhibit a mastery of their courses are invited to take  college
Jumpstart classes, offered free of charge – a value of over $1,700 per 3-credit course. Monroe's Jumpstart program, which is celebrating its 10th Anniversary, facilitates by offering interesting and challenging courses to our students throughout the academic year. Jumpstart  classes are taught by experienced Monroe College faculty ensuring that students receive collegiate level instruction and expectations. Monroe credits are transferable so students are able to apply them to an education at Monroe or another institution. 

Let's Get Ready

Let's Get Ready is an SAT preparatory program offered to BAL students. Let's Get Ready's specially trained Coaches are current college student volunteers who teach SAT strategies to help our students attain higher scores and have more confidence in their test taking skills. These Coaches recently completed college applications and took the SATs themselves. They are eager to share their knowledge and experience with our students, and guide you from start to finish. 


Surpass! is a free afterschool program that prepares juniors and seniors for the U.S. History Regents exam. The class provides intensive training in test-taking strategies, overviews of core topics, and uses actual photographs, artifacts, documents, and political cartoons from the Museum’s exhibitions and collections to bring history to life, and provide trigger points for recalling information on the exam. The Activist New York exhibition, for example, features material related to abolition, women’s suffrage, labor rights, the Civil Rights Movement, and more.

The Opportunity NetworK

Throughout the years, many of our high school students have applied and become part of The Opportunity Network family. Opp Net is a six year program that guides students both throughout the college application and career process. Opp Net students undergo a rigorous summer academy and year long workshops that challenge students as much as a they uplift them. Students are also taught to self-advocate, network and how to perform an elevator pitch. Many of our Opp Net students end up attending selective institutions of higher education and are offered support throughout their time their.

College Overnight ExperienceS

We believe that every student is college bound. That is why we prioritize rich and meaningful college experiences for all of our young people. All students in grades 6-11 go on college overnight trips during the spring semester. Thanks to generous donations, students are able to experience college life while strengthening community and accessing cultural activities across the northeast.

Click here to read more about our many trips.

J.U.M.P. Nation

The Juvenile Urban Multicultural Program (J.U.M.P. Nation), is a student-run, non-profit organization comprised of volunteers attending the State University of New York at Binghamton. With a mission to decrease the high school drop out rate through mentoring, while increasing student enrollment into institutions of higher education, J.U.M.P. Nation helps supply at-risk middle school students with the necessary tools for them to overcome socio-economic issues and gives Binghamton University student the rare opportunity to help support and guide the academic success and personal vision of the youth.