NYCDOE and CUNY continue to build on a long-standing relationship based on the mutual commitment to high-quality education for the people of New York City.
From the school district’s side, NYCDOE’s Office of Postsecondary Readiness (OPSR) oversees the coordination and development of the schools. Alongside managing the operational, financial, and administrative systems needed for Grades 9-14 schools to function, OPSR aligns institutional policy and support structures to sustain the schools. NYCDOE also oversees school performance measures as part of overall state and federal accountability requirements.
NYCDOE and CUNY collaborated with IBM and New York City College of Technology to create the first NYC Grades 9-14 school in 2010. Since then more than a dozen other industry and partners have become involved in working with NYCDOE and CUNY to open NYC Grades 9-14 schools.
The industry partner provides critical insight into the kinds of employees and skills they most value. Based on its business projections for areas of need and growth, the industry partner works closely with the college, the high school leader, and school faculty to identify the Associate degree(s) and high school academic sequence that best provide the foundational skills for the industry’s high-demand careers.
The NYC P-TECH model provides an exciting opportunity for industry partners to have an in-depth collaboration with a public school that both benefits the community and helps companies be intimately involved in growing their future workforce and consumers.
In addition, the industry partner play an important role in offering students exposure to the world of work through site visits, job shadowing, career panels and guest speaking, mentorships, and hosting student interns.
The NYC Grades 9–14 model provides an exciting opportunity for industry partners to have an in-depth collaboration with a public school that both benefits the community and helps companies be intimately involved in growing their future workforce and consumers.
Industry Partner Commitments
Lead industry partners are closely involved with the school and students through various activities including:
- Industry intelligence on HR needs
- Steering committee participation
- Curriculum and industry skills advisory role
- Align or fund industry liaison
- Site visits, job shadowing, and other career exploratory activities for students
Please reach out to NYCPTECH@schools.nyc.gov if you are interested in learning more about becoming an industry partner with New York City public schools.
Community College Partnerships
The community college provides expertise on the postsecondary element of the NYC Grades 9–14 school. It is closely involved in aligning the school’s curriculum to relevant degree pathways.
Faculty, as well as college leaders and academic administrators, work with the school and industry partners to develop the career skills map and give guidance on the coursework needed for the Associate degree. The content of the high school and college courses is carefully sequenced so that students move seamlessly through the program.
By being a close collaborator of a NYC Grades 9–14 school, the college is actively involved in ensuring that students are well-prepared to succeed in its degree pathways.
The college partner also supports the high school in establishing a college-going culture, creating opportunities for students to learn the expectations and responsibilities of being an active learner on a college campus. Its faculty also collaborates with the high school staff on curriculum and professional development.
Students from NYC Grades 9–14 Schools take courses at the community college campus and will have access to its resources just as a college student, such as the library, tutoring centers, student advisors, and other support centers.
By being a close collaborator of a NYC Grades 9–14 school, the college is actively involved in ensuring that students are well-prepared to succeed in its degree pathways. The college also gains the opportunity to test the depth and efficacy of its degrees with the support of a lead industry partner engaged in the same work.
To learn more, please contact the NYC Grades 9-14 team at NYCPTECH@schools.nyc.gov.