Double Discovery Center


Educating Children of Promise since 1965



Established in 1965, DDC provides low-income and first-generation college-bound community youth and families with a comprehensive set of services to support young people’s college readiness.  We define college readiness as the level of preparation needed to enroll and succeed in a credit-bearing college course by proficiently completing the course without remediation so that a student can advance to the next sequential course and remain on-track for degree attainment.

We know that young people, particularly low-income and first-generation students, pay a tremendous cost for not being college ready.  According to Complete College America, an additional year in a public four-year college can cost $22,826.  When coupled with an average loss of salary earnings of $45,327, the cost of not being college ready can total at least $68,153 for each additional year.  

To address this circumstance, DDC’s program intentionally includes three core components: Academic EnrichmentCollege & Career Success, and Healthy Minds & Bodies.  

Our Academic Enrichment activities provide students with exciting project-based classes across the humanities, STEM, and the arts that work to strengthen key academic skills that are necessary for college success as well as expose students to new areas of study through partnerships across Columbia University and with a range of organizations throughout NYC

Through our College & Career Success work, students are immersed in small group and individual sessions that increase their capacity for college access & persistence and that facilitates their career exploration & development.  Students participate in grade-level college prep classes, individualized college counseling, college visit, and internships.  We believe that college success requires a focus on the social-emotional development of young people. 

Consequently, our Healthy Minds & Bodies efforts are designed to develop students’ dispositions and skills for resilience and persistence as well as to build their capacity to nurture their physical and mental well-being so that they can overcome challenges in their quest to, through, and beyond college.


For 2018-2019, the Double Discovery Center is accepting applications from students, across the 7th through 12th grades, from its eight partner NYC public schools: A Philip Randolph Campus High SchoolFrederick Douglass Academy I, Frederick Douglass Academy IIGlobal Learning Collaborative, High School for Media & Communications, Maxine Greene High School for Arts Imagination & InquiryWadleigh Secondary School for the Performing & Visual Arts, and Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School.

Applicants must be low-income as defined by the Federal income guidelines and/or first-generation in his or her family to attend college.  To be first-generation means that neither of the student’s parents or legal guardians has a bachelor degree from an institution of higher education in the United States.  Additionally, students must have a current school attendance rate of no less than 80%.

If you determine that you meet the eligibility criteria, we invite you to complete and submit an application with the necessary documentation (e.g. high school transcript, attendance record for current academic year, and family income verification). 


While all submitted applications are reviewed on a monthly basis, applications must be submitted

  • by July 15th to be considered for fall admission
  • by November 15th to be considered for spring admission
  • by March 15th to be considered for summer admission

Submission of an application doesn’t mean automatic admission.  Eligible applicants will be notified, in writing, of the final decision regarding their admission into the Double Discovery Center.