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

  • Robyn serves as Urban Assembly’s College Readiness Program Manager. In this role, she works to support and develop the college counselors across UAs network of schools.  A New York native, Robyn has provided college access support to NYC non-profit organizations for over 10 years.  Prior to coming to the UA, Robyn was the Director of College Counseling as part of an inaugural team of educators at a 6 – 12 public school in the Bronx.  Robyn works to ensure students not only have access to higher education, but the skills needed to succeed and graduate. Robyn earned a BA in Journalism and a Masters in Higher Education from the University of Maine. Robyn is also an active member of CACNY, NYSACAC and NACAC.

  • 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.