College Now at John Jay College

College Now Courses earn PPAS students college credits that can be used toward a CUNY transcript and in some cases can be transferred to other colleges. High School credits are not earned by completing a College Now course.


  • 11th and 12th grade students only
  • Student must meet the CUNY College Readiness Benchmarks:
    • For a math class or class with math prerequisite:
      • 70 or better on New York State Regents Examinations in Algebra 1 or Geometry OR
      • 65 or higher on Algebra 2 OR
      • 530 or better on SAT math section OR
      • ACT Math score of 21 or higher
    • For all other classes:
      • 75 or better on English Language Arts (ELA) Regents OR
      • 480 or better on SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section OR
      • ACT English score of 20 or higher

Times and Location:

  • All classes are held on the John Jay campus
  • Classes must not coincide with any PPAS academic or performing arts class
  • Earliest available classes start at 4:00 PM

Courses Available

  • Availability of courses change each semester
  • Courses are posted in May for fall classes, and in December from spring classes.

Procedure: (currently Ms. Kelly is the counselor responsible for this process)

  1. College Now classes are announced at school and emails are sent home to alert families of the beginning of the registration process for interested students.
  2. Interested students consult with the Counseling or College office to review eligibility and discuss options.
  3. Parents receive and must sign a parent permission form to be returned to the Counseling Office.
  4. Counseling Office will complete the application with students once parents provide permission. Most students receive placement but it is not guaranteed.

Other Important Information:

  • Cohort courses are offered only to high school 11th and 12th graders from participating NYC public schools.
  • Waiver courses enroll both high school and college students.
  • Students are NOT permitted to drop classes once they are enrolled.