College and Career Readiness

In this section, you will find information about the various programs and initiatives that the Office of Postsecondary Readiness (OPSR) has to offer. For more information about each, please click on the links to the right.


The GEAR UP Program (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs), is designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. GEAR UP provides early college awareness and support activities such as tutoring, mentoring, academic preparation and financial education to improve access to higher education.

College and Career Coordinators

College and Career Readiness Coordinators work within 22 high schools to assist with the coordination of school-based advisory and resources to support: Anchor Goal 1: 100% of students graduate ready for college and career and the School District’s “Get Ready…Leave Ready” Strategic High School Plan.

We work with faculty, staff, students, parents, and community organizations/businesses to develop and implement events and activities to enhance a college and career pathway culture.

Junior Achievement Step to Success

Junior Achievement (JA) Step to Success is designed to inspire 3rd-grade students to pursue higher education through exposure to an early college experience.

FSA ID Challenge

The Office of Postsecondary Readiness teamed up with the Philadelphia 76ers to implement a district-wide effort to encourage students to start the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) process by creating a FSA ID (Federal Student Aid ID). The FSA ID Challenge is the beginning part of the FAFSA Challenge. The goal is to get as many high school seniors to register for their FSA ID as possible.

FAFSA Challenge

The Office of Postsecondary Readiness and Office of Strategic Partnerships collaborate in a district-wide effort to increase FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) completion. Events are held in various locations, many being school-based. Coaches are on-hand to assist families with completing the FAFSA to secure funding for high education.

College & Career Fairs

The Office of Postsecondary Readiness supports and sponsors a variety of college and career fairs during the academic year to encourage families to learn more about postsecondary pathways. Click here for a list of upcoming events in the Philadelphia area.