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Programs & Services


Thurgood Marshall Academy for Learning
and Social Change (TMA)

Thurgood Marshall Academy for Learning and Social Change (TMA), is a public middle and high school, and serves 560 students in grades 7 through 12. TMA is a collaboration between Abyssinian Development Corporation, New York City Department of Education, and New Visions for Public Schools. ADC offers numerous enrichment programs to the students at TMA. In 2010, a 6th grade will be added to the TMA Middle School. For an application, please call 212-283-8055.

Programs Administered at TMA

College Preparation Program
The College Planning Office increases educational options and career awareness for the student body. The program includes: individual counseling, SAT prep, advisory classes focused on writing skills, parents workshops, and college trips. Students receive assistance with developing their educational plans, and bridging those plans to post-secondary opportunities. Students learn how to access financial aid, and they attend college and career fairs.

In 2008, over 90% of TMA graduates were accepted into 2 and 4-year colleges. 

College Ready Communities Initiative
In 2009, ADC received a $500,000 grant from The Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to launch the College Ready Communities Initiative. This initiative will support middle school students at TMA to aggressively increase students’ academic success and college readiness in collaboration with Brotherhood/Sister Sol (BHSS) and NYC Coalition for Educational Justice (CEJ). The initiative is a comprehensive approach to creating a holistic college ready community at the middle school level that engages students, parents, school staff, and partners.

Gateway Builders and Bridge Summer Program
Since 2004, the Gateway Builders Program has addressed social and academic needs of TMA students in grades 7 through 10. A combination of after-school and summer programming, a variety of programs offer experiential activities, including digital video, music production, book clubs, and the Summer Institute.


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