Robotics, Playwriting, Mathematics and More Are Challenging High School Students In CUNY’s “Summer College Now”

It’s summertime, but the living’s not easy for more than a thousand New York City public high school students taking challenging courses for college credit at nine CUNY colleges in the Summer College Now program. They are deep into studies ranging from robotics and philosophy to theater arts.

“There are many academic high achievers in high school who want to use the summer to stretch their intellect and to prepare themselves for college,” said CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein. “It is important to offer these students opportunities to do so.”

Here are some examples of what is being offered this summer.

  • City College: Math and Science program, including advanced mathematics, chemistry and physics; Theater Arts program, including acting and playwriting.
  • College of Staten Island: Research experience in a variety of fields.
  • Hunter College: Institute in the Sciences, including chemistry and physics
  • John Jay College of Criminal Justice: Survey of Criminalistics, Forensic Science laboratory, mathematics.
  • Kingsborough Community College: Virtual Enterprises, intensive writing, computer concepts
  • Lehman College: piano, band, theater, computer graphics, all leading to a Summer Arts Festival.
  • New York City College of Technology: Robots and Philosophy, English Language Learning Intensive.
  • Queens College: journalism workshop, including meeting with journalists; science, including superconductors, Ally Pond explorations, and hurricane hazards.
  • York College: biology, psychology, history, and computer studies.

The programs started earlier this month and will run until the first or second week in August. Most schools also provide Metrocards and lunch for the students.

College Now is a collaboration between CUNY and the Board of Education. It is in operation in 200 New York City public high schools that are partnered with CUNY colleges. During the school year College Now offers opportunities before and after school for high school students to take advanced placement courses or skills improvement courses before they graduate, and to attend events on college campuses to experience college life.