Meaningful access to high quality after-school programming can have extraordinary impacts for young people. Regular participation can lead to significant gains in student achievement, improved work habits, and reductions in behavior issues.

At the Armory Foundation, we believe that it is never too early to start preparing for college success.  That is why we started the Armory College Prep Middle School (ACP MS) program: an after-school program designed to engage and to support young athletes in Washington Heights on their journeys to college success. To participants from eight local middle schools, we provide academic support, computer science education, and high school application guidance.

Our three areas of focus aim to equip our students with the knowledge, skills and hunger for learning that are critical to success.


Academic Support

At ACP MS, academic support is not about teaching kids. It’s about teaching kids how to teach themselves. For college and lifelong success, students must be self-motivated and self-driven learners. Using Khan Academy, ACP MS provides academic support and builds habits of academic reflection. Khan Academy allows students to work at their own pace, monitor their own progress and learn new material. With great persistence and guidance, our students benefit from Khan during ACP MS and are motivated to use the platform outside of our classroom walls.


Computer Science Education

High quality computer science education empowers students to be active participants and citizens in an increasingly technological world. A pathway both to college and careers, computer science education aligns with ACP MS’ vision of preparing students for lifelong success. Our students are technology enthusiasts and digital consumers. With hard work and engaging opportunities, we are nurturing their computational thinking, problem solving, and communication skills so that they can become the next generation of leaders in technology and innovation.

At ACP MS, we work with MOUSE Squad to introduce students to the concepts of teambuilding, computer troubleshooting, hardware repair, coding, mobile application design, web and media literacy, and game design. These lessons target students at a variety of skill levels and are meant to inspire students to learn more.   


High School Application Guidance

There are over 400 high schools for eighth graders to choose from in New York City. These schools vary in the number of students enrolled, areas of focus, graduation rates, and required travel time. Our counselor walks students and their families through the process of finding the best schools possible. We assist all participating students and their families in scheduling schools visits, interviews, exams, and, if necessary, developing portfolios.

Our Armory College Prep Middle School Program offers an extensive suite of services to help our students succeed, on and off the track. To find out more about this vital program or to make a donation, please email