College Readiness

Graduation Cap

Planning Ahead

From the moment students enter our doors at Pelham Lab High School, we work with them to develop the skills necessary to become the leaders of the next generation, by placing a strong emphasis on College and Career Readiness.

Our guidance department along with our teachers, regularly ask students to envision their post-high school goals, reflect on their progress, and create SMART goals for themselves in order to develop the time management skills, self disciple, and perseverance necessary to not merely succeed once they graduate, but excel academically and socially.

Click here to book an appointment with your guidance counselor to learn more about the college application process and financial aid options available to you.

The Path to High School Graduation

In order to succeed, parents and students need to understand what is expected of them in order to graduate. Students should check-in with their guidance counselors regularly throughout the school year to monitor their progress.

Additionally, the guidance department has provided useful handouts so parents and students can monitor their progress and make sure that they are on the path to graduation.

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Get Ready for College Applications

Before you send out those college applications, you should take some time to explore the various options available to you, and spend some time thinking about your interests and strengths.

The City University of New York has 25 campuses throughout the five boroughs, offering more than 1,750 programs. You can learn more about those programs offered by CUNY here.

The State University of New York has 64 campuses throughout the state, offering Associates Degrees, Bachelors Degrees, and Graduate programs in many different fields. You can learn more about the campuses and programs available through SUNY here.

For more information about Private Colleges and Universities in New York State, or other schools around the country, take a look at Niche.com.

Standardized Testing and Test Prep

Once you've picked out a few schools and you've started putting together your applications, you'll probably want to figure out which standardized tests are required and when they are offered.

College Board offers the SATs and other exams several times a year.

Some schools may ask for your ACT scores, you can learn more about the ACT here.

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Money for College

Scholarships and Financial Aid

College can be expensive, but there are many different programs in place to help you out.

  • College Greenlight - Helps connect first generation and underrepresented students to caring colleges, generous scholarships, and life-changing counselors and mentors.

  • Fastweb - Can help you find scholarships, colleges, and other financial aid options that may be available to you.

  • Excelsior Scholarship - As a NY State resident you may qualify for this program.