Reading & Comprehension
Our reading program is centered around topics of interest to high school students, including sports and current events. The program introduces new vocabulary and promotes discussion to improve comprehension. Our volunteer “Reading Coaches” become mentors, other adults who are there to cheer the student on in their academic success.
Regents Prep & Homework Help
Passing five NYS Regents is mandatory for a Regents diploma and graduation. We arrange for targeted one-on-one or small group tutoring for our students who need assistance with these challenging exams.
Our College Centers help student-athletes navigate the complicated and often stressful college application process. We meet with seniors throughout the academic year, two afternoons a week, in dedicated classrooms at both Mount Vernon High School and Woodlands High School. This program includes:
★ SAT/ACT Prep
★ Essay Writing
★ Resume Writing
★ College Applications
★ Navigating Financial Aid Applications (“FAFSA”)
★ Sports and Academic Scholarship Opportunities
★ Athletic Recruitment Support
★ “College Knowledge” sessions to prepare for the college experience
Working closely with the students’ school guidance counselors, we help ensure that each applicant has completed all the necessary steps to apply to the colleges of his or her choice.
We began a “college retention” effort in 2018. Many of our college bound students are the first in their family to attend college. To ensure a more seamless transition to college life, we offer workshops each spring and summer (before departure) that address expectations, strategies and best practices for academic success. Our Director of College Access & Retention and her team remain in contact with our students and canvass many college student deans to determine ways that our students can access support opportunities at their schools. We are hosting annual holiday “catch-up” events which will serve as job networking affairs.
In connection with Hall of Fame Mount Vernon Head Boys Varsity Coach Bob Cimmino’s annual summer basketball camp, we provide a curriculum of bi-weekly reading and field trips for middle and high school students. This program seeks to improve reading and vocabulary skills, and broaden cultural awareness and career opportunities. The curriculum varies and has included the study of gangs (coupled with a trip to see the Broadway play West Side Story); organized tours of the Westchester District Attorney’s Office; the study of the Supreme Court and jury selection process together with a showing of the film “Marshall” about the career of Thurgood Marshall; and annual visits to the American Museum of Natural History. In 2018, we hosted for the first time a “Career Day Panel” featuring several businessmen who were former Destination: College students.