A Service Is Helping Students Choose From NYC Public High Schools

A Service Is Helping Students Choose From NYC Public High Schools
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The Guide application helps New York City middle school students decide what high school they should attend based on their interests and where they live

Zack Palm
  • 3 october 2017

The Heckscher Foundation for Children, a private foundation based in New York who assist underserved youth, have created a smartphone application to assist students in applying for high schools. The application, called the Guide, was completed with guidance from New York University researchers.

The students bring home a 500+ page high school directory book listing over 400+ schools. Some of these schools screen students for good grades and high attendance, while others are specialized high schools where students must take an entrance exam. Then the students simply make a list of 12 high school programs they wish to attend.

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As it’s often difficult for seventh graders or even their parents to know what type of school they’d like to attend, it’s helpful for a guidance counselor to assist them throughout the process. However, this means lower-income families may not have access to the same resources available to wealthier families. Subsequently the Heckscher Foundation for Children spent $2.5 million on creating this new application to enable students to more easily make this decision.

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Students who use the Guide application answer six questions such as their address, favorite subjects and extracurricular activities. This information is then processed through a program’s algorithm to list schools with the highest graduation rates.

New York City middle school students may download the application for free from the Apple and Google Play digital stores. It is available in both English and Spanish.

Heckscher Foundation for Children

The Heckscher Foundation for Children, a private foundation based in New York who assist underserved youth, have created a smartphone application to assist students in applying for high schools. The application, called the Guide, was completed with guidance from New York University researchers.

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