A Step Toward College for Local High Schoolers

Almost 50 neighborhood high school students are spending their summer break living on Columbia's campus. Find out what they're up to.

Caroline Harting
July 31, 2019

This summer, 48 high school first-year students and sophomores from Washington Heights and Harlem are on campus for five weeks to participate in Columbia's Double Discovery Center, a program founded by Columbia and Barnard undergraduates in 1965. The students live in Columbia residence halls and take a variety of rigorous courses from Urban Planning to Adolescent Public Health in Harlem to Algebra taught by current Columbia students. 

The summer session concludes August 9, however, the high schoolers will return this fall for further academic enrichment classes and college and career planning advice. Activities to support social-emotional and physical wellness are also offered. The students remain in the program until they graduate high school and enroll in college. 

Learn more about Double Discovery Center's 2019 summer session in the slideshow below.