Founded in 2006 with 81 sixth-graders, YECA is one of the several Early College Secondary School partnership programs between the City University of New York (CUNY) and the New York City Department of Education. The Early College Initiative at CUNY is also a part of the Early College High School Initiative, a nationwide project originally sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Through this partnership, our students are provided with a rigorous academic program from grades six through twelve.
Tenth through twelfth grade YECA students enroll in York College’s general education coursework. Most all of this coursework is transferable within CUNY Colleges and at other institutions of higher education. Coursework is offered during the fall and spring academic semesters, as well as during the summer session and January intercession. Based on YECA student’s academic preparation and by meeting the required entrance criteria for specific general education coursework, students have the opportunity to earn up to 60 college credits.