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Student Guide

Choosing the right school is vital for every incoming college student, but it can be more challenging for those who identify
as LGBTQ+. In addition to obstacles that all students face, LGBTQ+ students need to consider whether the institution
has LGBTQ-inclusive policies, programs, and practices.

This new guide provides prospective students and their families with tools to identify the right schools, an overview of common challenges, tips for applying, and details on the federal laws that protect LGBTQ students.


  • PA 2.1.1 SOUTHWEST - If you require assistance and would like to access an extensive list of family and caregiver resources, please call 2.1.1 or text your zip code to 898.211 to receive text alerts. For more information or to receive support, visit the 2.1.1 website.

  • PA 2.1.1 Southwest seeks to provide an easy-to-remember phone number and web resource for finding health and human services for everyday needs and in crisis situations, serving Allegheny County,


Learning Schedules, Planning & Creating Structure 

Learning Platforms

  • Great Minds Recorded Lessons 

    • Consistent and coherent instructional materials — by teachers for teachers, students, and families. FREE daily instructional video lessons for English language arts (Grades K–8), math (Grades K–12), and science (Grades 3–5) as well as weekly resources that feature early readers called Geodes® (Grades K–2), plus written materials for math (Grades K–12).

  • Khan Academy, a free online learning platform, has released daily schedules for students in pre-K through grade 12. We offer free lessons in math, science, and humanities from kindergarten through the early years of college. Students can use our exercises, quizzes, and instructional videos to learn and master skills. They will get immediate feedback and encouragement.

  • Brainpop - BrainPOP creates animated resources that support educators and engage students - in school, at home, and on mobile devices. Our content includes movies, quizzes, games, mobile apps, activity pages, and much more covering hundreds of topics within Math, Science, Social Studies, English, Technology, Arts & Music, and Health. All content is aligned to and searchable by state standards including Common Core.

  • Core Knowledge (pre-K-5): Free downloadable core knowledge curriculua in ELA, humanities, and science. Also offers downloadable read-alouds.

  • Free online Ivy League courses - 450 Ivy League courses you can take online right now for free

  • 325 Free Online Learning Resources - Amazing comprehensive list of available learning resource links that does an excellent job of stating what exactly each resource is and what they’re offering. 

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Tutoring/Learning Assistance 

  • Homework Help offers Library resources for help with school projects, test preparation and general reference questions

Studying on a Computer

History/Getting to know our World

  • Senator John Heinz History Center Online Exhibits, Senator John Heinz History Center

  • Tickets for Kids continues to search out resources to help keep your kids engaged with learning and fun during Stay-at-Home orders. Activities listed here are by region, but remember, all online experiences can be accessed by everyone!

  • Wonderopolis - Wonderopolis®, a place where natural curiosity and imagination lead to exploration and discovery in learners of all ages. Each day, we pose an intriguing question—the Wonder of the Day®—and explore it in a variety of ways.

  • Kids Discover

Virtual Field Trips - Over 30 Virtual Field Trips with Links

Supplemental Learning 

Kids Reading Outdoor
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Geometry Set

Internet Access & Essentials

  • $9.95 per month

  • Covid-19 Update: New families who connect will receive 60 days of free internet service.

  • For more information, call (855) 846-8376

  • You may be eligible to participate if you have at least one child who qualifies for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), receive HUD housing assistance, or are a veteran that receives federal or state public assistance; do not have outstanding debt to Comcast that is less than a year old; families with outstanding debt more than one-year-old may still be eligible; and live in an area where Comcast Internet service is available but have not subscribed to Comcast Internet service within the last 90 days, where applicable.

Mental Wellbeing and Physical Fitness

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