College & Career Success

We help each student as they prepare for and select the right college or career based on their interests and passions.

Overview

Inwood Academy for Leadership provides students in Upper Manhattan and the Bronx with a rigorous education that expands options and increases eligibility for the decisions they will make about their future. We further equip our students, many of whom are the first in their family to pursue higher education, to excel post-graduation by educating them about their choices and coaching them through the completion of their chosen pursuit.


We want to see 60% or more of our students who enter a four-year post-secondary institution receive their degree within six years of starting. This number is higher than the national average, which is just over 40% for Black and Hispanic students. In order to realize this goal, we need to begin orienting our students to their many options as young as possible.
A brief overview of Inwood Academy’s College & Career Success Initiative to date:
The College & Career Success Program has existed since our first graduating class entered high school in 2014. Inwood Academy students are supported throughout all four years of their high school career with dedicated grade counselors, a college transition counselor, and a College and Career Success class teacher.
Since our first class of seniors graduated in 2018, our Alumni Support Department has provided separate one-on-one counseling through all components of the college admissions process, including but not limited to applications, financial aid, housing, study habits, and wellness checks. These resources are made available to alumni through online communication, in-person campus visits, and our Alumni Lounge.
Since 2019, many alumni have chosen to volunteer for our annual Alumni Weeks, which are oriented around the goal of teaching students to tap into their own communities for the resources they need to make future decisions.
As of the 2021-22 school year, we have combined and expanded our CCS and Alumni programs to serve all students grades 5-12. In January 2022, we held our first Middle School Alumni Week, which gave us an exciting foretaste of what this integrated approach will mean for our community.
In order to support the growth we are pursuing, we have increased our staff and introduced a new Alumni Internship Program to our CCS Department. In addition to providing alumni interns with valuable professional experience and income, employing our alumni has already been vital in helping us present post-secondary opportunities to students in a way that is relevant, needed, and enjoyed.
Our College and Career Success (CCS) program is designed to familiarize families with college options while preparing students for college completion or entering a career. We provide students with intensive academic support for SAT, AP and Regents test preparation. We take our high school scholars on college visits and provide intensive college and career counseling sessions to support students with choosing the right college or career. We offer parent workshops to familiarize and educate families on college preparation, financial aid to pay for college, and support for their child during their college years. Click here to view the college application calendar of events.

CCS Contacts

For more information on the College and Career Readiness Program, please contact Director of College & Career Success Lyann Arias at lyann.arias@ialcs.org. Grade level counselors are listed below.

George Roach

12th Grade School Counselor
george.roach@ialcs.org

Audrey Argandona

11th School Counselor
audrey.argandona@ialcs.org

Frederick Sanchez

10th CCS School Counselor
fred.sanchez@ialcs.org

College Courses

Inwood Academy participates in the NYC College Now program and has partnered with the City College of New York. This partnership gives Inwood Academy students preference for taking college courses at City College, and at no charge. Upon successful completion of courses, students receive both college credit and high school credit. In addition to the City College courses, qualified students can take courses at other participating College Now institutions.

Senior Year

A dedicated counselor works with each senior to help identify the best college match and ensures each scholar applies for multiple colleges, completes FAFSA, and applies for scholarships. The counselor corresponds with college admissions and scholarship representatives to schedule visits and interviews and implements partnerships for our students, including those with NYC’s College Now and College Starter programs.

450

The number of high school students enrolled in Inwood Academy.

93%

The graduation rate for our first two classes of seniors.

77%

The percentage of alumni who are in a full-time college program.

CCS Grade Level Vision & Goals

Each student will have a college and career plan that aligns to their interests, informs choices for students and their families, and guides their high school progress and transition plans. Use this planner to guide your grade level goals.

Alumni

We will help alumni navigate the academic, social, and financial challenges they might encounter while in college. We are committed to ensuring that they have the support they need to matriculate and graduate from college.

Senior Scholarship Book Fund

100% of your contribution will provide financial relief for our seniors’ freshman year of college.

Senior Decision Day

Watch a video of the graduating class of 2020 at Inwood Academy share their decisions.

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