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NYC and the College Board Partner to Deliver AP and College Access to All Students

In fall 2015, Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced an ambitious plan. One goal: 80% percent of NYC high school students graduating on time by 2026, with two-thirds being college ready.

The College Board is proud to partner with the NYC Department of Education to achieve this. We're collaborating on two initiatives that are part of the city's Equity and Excellence agenda: High School College Access for All and AP for All.

High School College Access for All

The goal: By 2018, every student in NYC public schools will graduate from high school with a college and career plan and have access to resources to pursue that plan.

The strategy: The DOE will ensure every high school gives its students high-quality, individualized guidance for postsecondary planning and supply training, coaching, and funding for partnerships with community-based organizations. Schools can access programs like SAT School Day, so juniors take the SAT at no cost during the school day. This opens up college opportunity for all students.

AP for All

The goal: By fall 2021, students at all city high schools can access at least five AP courses, so every student takes advantage of the chances AP offers to be college and career ready.

The strategy: The DOE will bring AP courses to schools that haven’t historically offered them, increase AP enrollment equity, and make courses available to English language learners and students with disabilities.

Learn more about AP for All

The College Board and New York City

As part of their partnership, the College Board and the NYC DOE will expand access to these programs and their benefits to public school students over the coming years.


The PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10 connects students to programs that award academic recognitions and scholarships. Taking the PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10 is good practice for taking the SAT and can increase access to AP.


The SAT is a globally recognized college admission test accepted by all U.S. colleges. The College Board offers SAT fee waivers to eligible students from low-income backgrounds, who also receive college application fee waivers.


AP college-level courses offered in high school allow students to develop and polish skills they need in college and beyond. AP lets students stand out in college admission and save time and money in college by earning credit, advanced placement, or both.