The Adams Street Foundation serves the students of the Urban Assembly School for Law & Justice (SLJ) with high-quality, broad-based enrichment programs and support services so that every student not only graduates high school but attends and succeeds in college.
SLJ is an unscreened New York City public high school, which means that most of its students lack previous access to quality educational resources and enter below grade level. Almost all will be first in their families to go to college. While SLJ’s public funding provides for the academic rigor that is a major component of high school success, the Adams Street Foundation, as SLJ’s non-profit partner in residence, offers students much-needed experiences and opportunities outside the classroom that drive college-readiness and are staples of more affluent school districts.
SLJ graduated 93% of its founding class, all of whom were college-bound, precisely because they were academically ready for college, but also because they had benefited from the programs and services of the Adams Street Foundation: internships, mentorships, on- and off-site extracurricular activities, pre-college summer programs, trips and guest speaker series, community service, an early college awareness curriculum, and differentiated college advising. The Adams Street Foundation's staff works alongside SLJ's to fully integrate programming and tailor it to the specific needs of the students they jointly serve.