The second half of the school year is about to begin as students in New York City High Schools prepare for the January Regents. Students in New York City High Schools have been graduating at a higher rate than in recent years.A recent New York Times article outlines this trend.. But does this mean they are college ready?
Students preparing to graduate should have started to receive college acceptances by now. By the end of January most seniors should have a general idea of where they will be attending college in the fall. However, for some seniors, their graduation will depend on the January administration of the NYS Regents. With varying levels of Regents Diplomas available students are, at a minimum, required to pass five Regents Exams. The passing score for students is a 65, but students with IEP’s can score a 55 or higher and receive credit in most cases.
Students who are struggling to pass their Regents exams for graduation should have already begun to study for the January Exams. Tutoring of course can help, but for some the cost may be prohibitive. Student can benefit from exploring sites like RegentsPrep.org. This site compiles information that is essential for passing or mastering the Regents exams.
For seniors who have already passed their Regents exams and are looking forward to graduation there are still some hurdles to overcome. The cost of attending a four year college has increased dramatically over the past 5 years. Students who will be attending college in the fall should currently be filling out the FAFSA and the CSS. These two entities provide federal and institutional financial aid respectively. For questions on filling out these documents feel free to contact us at any time. We are happy to offer free advice and a free consultation.
Best of luck to the graduating Class of 2016!