Our Programs

In this section, you will find information about the various programs and initiatives that the Office of Postsecondary Readiness (OPSR) has to offer.

Find Your Future Fairs

Find Your Future 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.

9th Grade Academies

9th Grade Academies

The purpose of the 9th grade academies are to assist 9th graders transition successfully into the high school culture and are set up for future success through high school graduation.

FAFSA Challenge

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. Coaches are on-hand to assist families with completing the FAFSA to secure funding for high education.

Senior Year Only Program (S.Y.O.P)

Senior Year Only (S.Y.O.P)

The Senior Year Only Program (S.Y.O.P) seeks to prepare high school seniors for both college and career by connecting classroom learning with real-world applications in the workplace. Students enrolled in S.Y.O.P will spend up to five days on a college campus or several days a week at a training facility, learning real-world 21st century technical skills and earning industry certifications. The Senior Year Only Program is a full school-year commitment and available at all schools across the district.

Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC)

JROTC

JROTC is an accredited (Advance Ed) educational program offered to all students in schools with JROTC programs. The program is designed to make young adults better citizens and prepare them for college, the workforce and key leadership positions through specialized instruction in American history, military history, STEM, military bearing, discipline, conduct, team work, physical fitness and most importantly the intangible leadership skill set required to succeed in any endeavor.

College and Career Readiness Coordinators

CCRCs

College and Career Readiness Coordinators assist with the coordination of school-based advisory and resources to support: Anchor Goal 1: 100% of students graduate ready for college and career.

We work with faculty, staff, students, parents, and community organizations/businesses to develop and implement events and activities geared towards all avenues of postsecondary success including: college, workforce, trades, and the military.

GEAR UP

GEAR UP

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.

FSA ID Challenge

FSA ID

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.

Dual Enrollment

Dual Enrollment

Dual enrollment is when a student takes a college course while enrolled in both high school and an Institute of Higher Education (regardless of location, instructor type, or delivery method). There are varying models of dual enrollment. Based on the model, the student may or may not receive secondary credit for the college courses completed. Please note that not all dual enrollment is dual credit.