SCHENECTADY -- Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons School has partnered with Siena College to create a program that grants students admission to the Catholic college as early as ninth grade, officials announced last week.
The program, starting with the first application deadline in March for Bishop Gibbons sophomores and juniors, will allow students to apply to secure a spot at Siena early in their high school careers – though they won’t be restricted from applying to or attending a different college.
The program will also include various college workshops aimed at preparing high school students for the college admissions process and, ultimately, college life.
Bishop Gibbons Principal Kiante Jones, who started in the position in July, said the new program will give students a chance to aspire to college, introducing them to the nitty-gritty of getting into college as early as middle school.
“There are some kids who may not think college is for them, so the program starts in middle school, getting kids to aspire to go to college,” Jones said. “It helps students to plan and prepare for success in college and helps motivate those students who may not see college as an option.”
Students will be able to apply directly to Siena beginning in their sophomore year. They write an essay and fill out an application, earning guaranteed admission if they graduate from Bishop Gibbons and maintain certain grades and finish certain courses.
Leaders from Siena College and Bishop Gibbons announced the partnership at Siena on Thursday, highlighting a history of of Bishop Gibbons graduates who have gone on to Siena.
“Siena has enrolled generations of Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons students, so this … agreement makes all the sense in the world,” said Ned Jones, Siena's vice president for enrollment, in a prepared statement.