Course Overview

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College Now Program
619 West 54th Street, 7th Fl.
New York NY 10019
Tel: 212.393.6333
Fax: 212.393.6359

9AM – 5PM-When classes are in session

Friday: 9AM-5PM


Programmatic Feasibility: Schools seeking to participate in College Now courses should take into account the programmatic requirements of participation. All courses – whether high school credit or college-credit bearing – meet during the after school hours or Saturday mornings.
COHORTS: Depending on the number of credits,

COHORT courses meet either twice each week from 4:00 PM to 6:10pm (3-credits) or once a week from 4:00PM to 6:10 PM (1-credit). Saturday courses typically begin early in a semester and meet from 10:00 AM to 2:10 PM.

WAIVER: All Waiver courses meet twice each week for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Specific days and times are determined based on college scheduling and individual student needs. Typically, Waiver courses run from 3:35 PM to 4:50 PM or from 5:00 to 6:15 PM.


Faculty Commitment:
Each participating school must assign a lead teacher (or counselor) who will serve as your school’s College Now liaison. The liaison serves as your school’s on-site program administrator and is responsible for all administrative tasks (i.e. student registration, programming, attendance monitoringing, meet with College Now staff twice per semester.) associated with the program. Additionally, liaisons are expected to attend all program meetings (2-3 per semester). Liaisons are expected to dedicate significant time and effort to the program and in recognition of the important contribution these staff members to the success of the program at your site, liaisons are awarded an annual stipend by the College Now Program.

Student Academic Skill Levels:
John Jay’s College Now Program is designed to meet the diverse academic needs and interests of high school students. While admission requirements vary depending on the type of course (i.e. high school or college) students participating in college-credit courses (Waiver and Cohort) must obtain skills certification. In addition, students are required to make a serious commitment to attend classes and complete their assignments.

Schools electing to participate in John Jay’s College Now program are required to implement their respective programs in two phases.

In the fall semester of the first-year of implementation, your school will begin program development and set-up activities. During this phase, your school’s College Now liaison will conduct a program needs and development assessment. The assessment aims to identify faculty and staffing needs, select faculty and staff participants, and pinpoint College Now academic courses to be offered in the spring. In addition, your school’s College Now liaison will work with our staff to begin student recruitment activities.

Participating faculty will attend paid staff development workshops designed to assist the curriculum develop process and compliance with relevant College Now academic requirements.

Course Topics Offered At Participating High School Have Included:

College Awareness: Teen Issues-Activism & Leadership (High School Credit): This course provides students the opportunity to earn high school English credits while exploring relevant and engaging themes. Students practice reading, writing, research and critical thinking skills necessary to succeed in college level writing, history and/or social science college courses. The course also prepares students to present ideas and information orally, visually and in writing in a public forum.

Criminal Justice 101 (Crj 101) 3-credits:  Introductory survey of the American Criminal Justice System.  Discussions focus on the police,   Defense and Prosecuting Attorney, Courts, Institutional Corrections, Community Based Corrections, and the Juvenile Justice System.

English 101 (3-credits): College Composition I. The fundamentals of composition, including sentence and paragraph development, diction, style. Examination of essay structure and development. Assigned themes introducing such rhetorical forms as description, comparison and contrast, cause and effect, argumentation.

French 101 Introductory French I (3-credits): A basic course in the French language with an emphasis on oral and written communication, reading, and the customs and cultures of French speaking countries. Ten lab hours required.

French 102 Introductory French II (3-credits): Completion of French 102 enables the student to speak, comprehend, read,and write French on a basic level.

Hip-Hop and the Classics — (High School Credit or Workshop): This course, developed in conjunction with Urban Word NYC, utilizes popular hip-hop lyrics and classical poetry - aligned to ELA standards - to illuminate bridges between “classic” poetry and hip-hop.  Centered on Urban Word NYC’s award-winning book Hip-Hop Poetry & the Classics (Milk Mug 2004), teachers use proven techniques of utilizing hip-hop to engage literacy, critical thinking and creative writing.

Spoken Word Expression, Poetry, Rap & Hip-Hop (High School Credit): This course will focus on modern urban music and its relation to classical ideas, conventions and expressions of poetry. Students can expect to create their own poetry and musical products, analyze and discuss the meaning and importance of hip-hop and rap music. Offered at The Beacon School, Manhattan Village Academy and Vanguard High School.  

Sociology 101 (3-college credits): This course introduced students to Sociology and Sociological Analysis. Students explore various topics including social groups, social organization, the process of social interaction, societal disorganization, and change. Offered at the High School For Environmental Studies


 In the spring semester of the first-year of implementation, your school will begin offering one program courses to students. To learn specific programming requirements, please see “Programmatic Feasibility” section above.