Succeeding in college is about a lot more than knowing how to read well, write effectively, and study. It’s about knowing why you’re there, what you want to do with your learning and ultimately, your college degree. It’s about learning “wayfinding” skills, like how to know who can help you with different types of problems and how to ask for that help. It’s about managing your time and your workload. And it’d about realizing that you belong.

There is no substitute for real experience. That’s why at the Workshop School, we encourage all of our 11th and 12th grade students to take at least one college class. We prepare you to place into courses that count toward your degree, and we pay for your tuition and your books once you accomplish that. We support you in learning to do college work, and to get comfortable in this new environment.

Last year, our friends at PennGSE Films produced a short documentary about our college program. It gives a real sense of why we do it, and what it’s like to be a high school student in the program. Check it out!