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Educating Children of Promise since 1965

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We prepare students to go “to, through and beyond” college with our high-quality academic courses, college and career counseling, and social-emotional guidance that support students’ resilience and persistence for success.

Among our program partners are several Columbia University schools and departments: School of Social Work, Mailman School of Public Health, School of the Arts, School of Professional Studies, Teachers College, Zuckerman Institute for Brain Research and the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.
 

3 key program areas:

  • Academic Enrichment: Tutorial sessions and Project-based learning courses across the Humanities, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, and the arts. 
  • College & Career Success: College Prep courses and workshops (e.g. SAT prep, financial aid, etc.), college tours and individualized college advisement sessions.
  • Healthy Minds & Bodies: “Relax, Relate, Release” series and “Air It Out” counseling sessions to nurture students’ physical and mental well-being.
     

1 program, 2 tracks:

DDC houses two TRIO Programs funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education: Upward Bound and Talent Search. They are both year-round programs that build the college readiness of HS Students.
Columbia’s Upward Bound Program was among the first seventeen projects piloted across the country in the summer of 1965.

1)  Upward Bound (UB)
Students enroll in 9th or 10th grade. Partner schools include:

  • Frederick Douglass Academy I
  • Global Learning Collaborative
  • Philip Randolph HS
  • Wadleigh Secondary School for the Performing & Visual Arts
  • Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School

2) Talent Search (TS)
Students enroll from 7th thru 12th grade. Partner schools include:

  • Frederick Douglass Academy II
  • Global Learning Collaborative
  • Philip Randolph HS
  • Wadleigh Secondary School for the Performing & Visual Arts
  • HS Media & Communications
  • Maxine Greene HS for Arts Imagination & Inquiry