Pre-College Programs

The Pre-College Programs at Guttman offer our students a variety of options to enhance their college readiness.

Guttman Language Academy Summer Seminars (GLASS)

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Guttman Language Academy Summer Seminars (GLASS) is a new college-transition reading, writing, and critical thinking program for ESL and multilingual students. This program introduces participants to college-level reading and writing assignments, challenges them to apply their skills in an original creative project, and helps to develop the language skills, confidence, and study habits needed to persevere in college.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of participating in GLASS, students will:

  • Begin developing the academic language skills needed for a successful college transition
  • Practice critical reading and thinking skills
  • Examine how one’s language background (i.e., bilingual, multilingual) intersects with one’s social identity
  • Apply knowledge of English language structure, language conventions, media techniques and genres to analyze and critique a variety of visual, print, and digital media
  • Develop an understanding of and respect for diversity in language varieties, language use, and styles

GLASS meets daily (Monday to Thursday) for a period of three weeks during late summer. Students take part in College Prep Reading/Writing, a Book Discussion Group, and a Project Development Lab. These activities culminate in a Project Showcase.

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Guttman features Math Start as an important pillar in our future students’ successful transition to college. For a one-time, all-inclusive fee of $35, students:

  • receive a free weekly MTA MetroCard for the duration of the program
  • gain early access to Guttman’s superior resources, including a specialized College Success Seminar and one-on-one college advisement
  • are prepared for Guttman’s MATH 103: Statistics – a semester-long first-year course that leads to timely placement in their Program of Study/major
  • enter their chosen Program of Study/major earlier, saving tuition and financial aid for courses that count toward their degrees

Math Start –> Semester 1: Fall 1 –>MATH 103: Statistics (3 credits) –> Semester 1: Fall 2 –> Major Course (3 credits each) ex. College Algebra
Semester 2: Spring 1 –> Major Course (3 credits each) –> Semester 2: Spring 2 –> Major Course (3 credits each)

Learning Outcomes

As a result of participating in Math Start, students will:

  • Learn a new approach to math that does not involve formulas
  • Learn to understand and use college Math vocabulary
  • Learn to effectively communicate understanding, process, and questions about Math
  • Prepare students for first-year college Math classes
  • Prepare students for the departmental final

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College Now at Guttman gives qualified New York City public high school students the opportunity to enroll in courses that earn college credit and to participate in academic enrichment workshops to strengthen the foundation for their academic success. Interacting directly with Guttman faculty, course content, and the college environment prepares students for a smooth transition from high school and supports the beginning of a successful college career.

Unique to Guttman, College Now students become urban ethnographers in New York City when they take the interdisciplinary social sciences course Ethnographies of Work for college credit. Through firsthand fieldwork experiences with professionals in varied workplaces, students explore and learn about the complex socioeconomic, labor, and other issues faced by working people today. At the same time, they advance in completing the courses required for the First-Year Experience prior to enrolling at Guttman.