What is CUNY Early College?

Early college schools are based on the belief that all students deserve a high-quality education that adequately prepares them to achieve a college degree.

CUNY Early College, housed within The City University of New York (CUNY) Office of K16 Initiatives, supports 20 public schools in New York City that blend a rigorous college-prep curriculum with the opportunity to earn up to two years of college credit while in high school – at no cost to students and their families. These innovative schools make a college education more accessible, affordable, and attractive to New York City students by offering programs that blur the lines between middle school, high school, and college.

CUNY Early College builds upon a long record of successful partnerships between New York City public schools and the colleges within the CUNY system. Each new early college school is launched by a collaborative team of educators that often includes middle school, high school, and college instructors, who together imagine and build schools that support, encourage, and challenge students who all too often have trouble navigating the complicated educational landscape in New York City.


CUNY Early College at The City College of New York (CCNY)

City College of New York's partner school is City College Academy of the Arts (CCAA), a 6th-12th school. The Early College program at CCNY, in conjunct with CCAA, creates a learning community that is safe, supportive, rigorous, and challenging. We offer integrated academic experiences that allow students to begin taking college courses on the CCNY campus as early as the 9th grade. 


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Main office: North Academic Center - 4/159    
Phone: (212) 650-7983 
Fax: (212) 650-8523  
Email:  ccnyearlycollege@ccny.cuny.edu