Founded in 2002 with the help of a two-year grant from the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development, Armory College Prep originally offered a one-time-one-hour seminar designed to guide students in matching their academic and athletic skills and their social needs with the right college. That program format peaked in 2003 when 400 students signed up for the seminars with limited follow-up.
In 2004 Armory College Prep reworked its program for the then upcoming school year with the goal of helping the average student, the B and C student, who wanted to, but didn’t think he could, get into college. Students separated into high school classes. Sessions for freshmen and sophomores stressed course selection and pre-college information. Juniors participated in small groups focused on the college application process – SAT preparation, NCAA and financial aid forms, and researching appropriate college options. Seniors were broken into groups of four and given hands-on help with college applications and essays as well as provided individual follow-up.
Over the next five years, Armory College Prep increased its emphasis on individual attention and small group work. In addition, student recruitment became much more focused, such that now Armory College Prep students come mainly from the City’s largest public high schools, irrespective of grades.
Today Armory College Prep has grown to include 6th, 7th and 8th grades and has been divided into two departments: high school and middle school. The middle school program is offered to students from Washington Heights who participate in CityTrack.
The high school program is open to all the students who practice at the Armory.
The combined programs serve over 150 students, sixth grade through seniors. We meet year round to be sure our students attain a firm foundation for success. Having the opportunity to work with our students for six years including a summer program session, insures our goals of “to and through” college at four year institutions.