Smart Scholars Resources
Frequently Asked Questions
- Schenectady City School District
- The Schenectady Foundation
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region
- NY State Education Department
Supports and Inclusivity
Schenectady Smart Scholars Early College High School enrolls students residing in the Schenectady City School District who are identified as belonging to a population who have historically not had access to or success in higher education (English as second language students, students with disabilities and first generation college goers) and also students from families who have financial constraints and burdens (i.e. family is eligible to receive free and reduced lunches, cannot fully fund an Associate or Baccalaureate degree without tuition assistance). Supports are in place to ensure all Smart Scholars students have what they need to be successful throughout this program. Some of the services available to students include tutoring, college and career counseling, summer transportation to SUNY Schenectady for college courses, as well as access to the library and other on-campus resources.
Service learning, which encompasses community service and volunteering, is a large component of Early College High School Programs. Students are encouraged to work with community organizations to develop their skills and interests through volunteer work. In grades 9 through 11 they are gathering information about themselves and their career interest areas, preparing for a Capstone project required to complete the Smart Transfer Early College High School Program.