High School Academy: Getting the Edge on College and Career Prep

Andrew LaVenia

NYU’s School of Professional Studies offers high schools students two unique programs

High School Academy students working in a computer lab.

Ready to explore college coursework but not quite sure what you want to study? Do you want to dive into a subject area but aren’t ready to take the plunge? Maybe you’re working hard this semester and think a bit more experience will help you stand out while learning something new. But you know you don’t have a large amount of time to devote to an after-school, monthlong, or summer program. Maybe you want the flexibility to learn from masters in their fields while not having to rearrange your schedule. If you’re on the hunt for a chance to enrich your academics while balancing your time, NYU’s School of Professional Studies (SPS) offers two unique high school programs for every high school student.

SPS High School Academy offers Weekend Workshops and Career Edge for students looking to get ahead. Specifically designed for high school students as an entryway to learn about various professions, these programs build on real-world skills and experience. Students learn from experts in their fields and discover more about subjects they might wish to study in the future. What’s more, they have the opportunity to meet like-minded peers.

So, what’s the difference between Weekend Workshops and Career Edge, exactly?

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Weekend Workshops, as the name suggests, take place on weekends. Courses are offered during the fall and spring academic terms. This program invites students in the ninth grade and up to participate in one of many workshops covering myriad subjects, from journalism and criminal justice to psychology and film and TV. Typically, students spend four Saturdays a term diving deeper into the topic of their choice. Are you eager to learn about libel? Do you want a professional journalist to review your work? Are you keen to practice a stock market exercise or learn more about finance? Do you want to know how to write the best college essay? If so, High School Academy Weekend Workshops are for you. 

Want to know the best part? If you wish to study more than one subject, you can! (So long as the schedules don’t conflict). With prices starting at $450, Weekend Workshops are affordable opportunities for students to experience college-level work. And right now these offerings are virtual. However, they were offered on campus in previous years. In the fall, the workshops run from October through November. In the spring, they run from February through March.

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Career Edge is quite similar to Weekend Workshops. But there are important distinctions. This high school program takes place during the summer and each workshop is a week long. In addition, the daily sessions are a bit longer and the offerings may differ from those available during the academic year. But you’ll still find courses on subjects like prehealth, business, writing, and psychology. What’s more, you’ll participate in hands-on experiences with other students from all over the world. Offerings take place from the end of June through early July.

Previously, sessions were $1,495 each. And, when the program is in person, students can stay on campus if they participate in two consecutive weeks of workshops. As a participant, you will experience NYU’s summer on-campus life. You can explore New York City and take part in university and city events. For example, you may compete in trivia nights, experience Broadway shows, or venture across the Brooklyn Bridge. When you enroll in one of our high school programs, you become a part of the NYU community and discover what college life is like. 

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Applying for these high schools programs is simple. You can apply online through the SPS website. There, you’ll also find more information about each program’s eligibility requirements. Before submitting your application, be sure to know which workshop you are interested in. And have a copy of your high school transcript ready. Finally, if you’re an international student and English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to submit English language testing scores. Career Edge applications go live in the spring semester, typically around February 1. The fall semester application for Weekend Workshops typically launches in August and remains open through the first week of October. For the spring semester, applications launch in January and are open through early February. 

We know finding the right fit for a high school program can be difficult. How do you find the time, especially during the academic year, to pursue what you’re interested in? Weekend Workshops and Career Edge make the decision-making process a little easier. Our flexible programs allow students to choose programs that work with their schedules. As a High School Academy student, you can experience college-level work and gain invaluable experience in a multitude of fields. The application process is simple and programs are offered nearly year-round. Anyone in the ninth grade and above can apply, which makes the program accessible to all high school students. So what are you waiting for? Weekend Workshops and Career Edge are waiting!