The Urban Assembly College Readiness Team builds schools' capacity to develop structures and supports that ensure all students' post-secondary access and completion.

The Urban Assembly College Readiness Team works to ensure all Urban Assembly students have access to college or the post-secondary pathway of their choice. Each high school has a full-time college counselor supported by the UA College Readiness Team. To systematize and streamline parts of the college application process, Urban Assembly subsidizes Naviance for all high schools to track and submit applications. The Urban Assembly College Readiness Team provides ongoing coaching and professional development of school-based staff. We work to connect schools with colleges and programs that support our students to thrive after high school. The Urban Assembly College Readiness Team employs the following key service strategies:

  • Develop the capacity of each school to provide comprehensive and effective college planning
  • Leverage the strength of the network to provide opportunities to individual Urban Assembly schools
  • Support Urban Assembly graduates after high school: Deliver targeted summer matriculation support to each Urban Assembly graduate through the Bridge to College Program.

College is life. It gives you the chance to step out of your comfort zone, find yourself and your passion.

Phalisty, Bronx Academy of Letters Alumnus 2013 and UA Bridge To College Coach


Team Members

  • Maud Abeel has been working on efforts to improve public education for over 20 years with a focus on strategies for connecting student development in the middle and high school grades to college and career readiness and success. She comes to the Urban Assembly from FHI 360, a nonprofit human development organization, where she was Associate Director for Strategic Partnerships for Postsecondary Success Programs. There she also worked on the Partnership Support Organization and Community School initiative with the New York City Department of Education and was part of the technical assistance team for a North Dakota college and career readiness initiative. Previously, Maud was the director of the College Bound program at New Visions for Public Schools. Before that, she worked at Carnegie Corporation of New York where she provided technical and research assistance to national grant initiatives and was a contributing author to Turning Points 2000: Educating Adolescents in the 21st Century. Maud has an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and was a 1992 Teach for America corps member in Baltimore, MD.

  • Cassie Magesis comes to the Urban Assembly from the Options Center at Goddard Riverside Community Center. During her five years at Options, Cassie served as an Educational Counselor and as a Lead Trainer for the Options Institute. During her time there, she helped students through the admissions and financial aid process and provided trainings on college access topics to counselors across New York City. She is currently on the executive board of the New York State Association for College Admissions Counseling, serving as the co-chair of the Coming Together Conference and Seedling Program. Cassie is a graduate of Hamilton College.