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College Access for All Middle School Curriculum

These ten modules are designed to encourage students to expand their mindset around going to college and to prepare students with the knowledge and resources needed to understand how to navigate their journey to college from middle school. This curriculum can be used to start to create a college going culture in your classroom. These lessons can be used in the sequence they were written or used as stand alone lessons. Facilitators may also use other resources and curriculum to support their student’s knowledge around college. These lessons can be adapted and modified to fit diverse student populations and used to engage parents and families.

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This is an introduction to the College Access for All- Middle School initiative's curriculum. You will find a list of all modules available in this curriculum, as well as a short description for each module.

This lesson is meant to measure what students already know about college and to dismantle myths surrounding whether or not college is an option for all students.

These borough maps can be used with Module 1: Why College? They are part of the Name that College game. 

This lesson is meant to help students identify their interests, talents, and skills and align them with different types of careers.

These career profiles are part of the lesson for Module 2: Exploring your Passion and Career. They can be used for the My Career Search activity. 

This lesson is meant to help students explore diverse colleges and universities and the factors that are important in researching and choosing colleges.

This lesson is meant to help students learn what being a college student is like, and to expose students to the many different types of opportunities that are offered in college which shape each student’s college experience.

This game is part of Module 4- A Day in the Life of a College Student. This jeopardy style game provides students an interactive way of learning about being a college student.

The purpose of this lesson is to help students think about their college and career goals and the steps they need to take to achieve these goals. Students will identify the different steps they should be taking from 7th-12th grade to prepare for college.

This lesson is meant to help students identify the important criteria they should consider when searching for high schools and how the high school admissions process is a middle schooler’s first step to preparing for college.

These high school profiles can be used with the Finding your Ideal High School activity in  Module 6: What's your ideal high school? 

This lesson is meant to help students learn about the unique programs offered at different types of high schools in NYC. Additionally, this lesson will expose students to the various admission requirements needed to apply to high schools.

This game is part of Module 7- Different high schools and the admissions process. This trivia game helps students learn about the different high schools in NYC and their admissions process.

These directory profiles can be used with Module 7: Different High Schools and the Admissions Process. 

This lesson is meant to help students think about what it will take to get to college and how to find support and solutions to the challenges they might face along the way.

This lesson is meant to dispel the myths around affording college. Students will additionally gain a realistic view of the costs of college and the various forms of financial aid they can get to help pay for college

This game is part of Module 9- Paying for College. This game helps students understand the cost of college and the different financial aid opportunities available to pay for college.

This lesson is meant to help students reflect on what they learned throughout the course of the College Access for All Middle School Curriculum.

This activity can be used with Module 10: Celebration and Reflection.