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Saturday Academy

“I had an amazing time at Saturday Academy, learning new things and making new friends from all around New York City.”
- Saturday Academy student, Fall 2012

The New-York Historical Society offers Gilder Lehrman Saturday Academy, a free, six-week program for students in grades 8–12 that offers courses in American Studies and SAT prep*. With no homework or tests, these courses offer fun and interesting information on the bits of history that don’t always find their way into the classroom. Students meet for six Saturdays each session and may take one class or two. All classes are offered twice, at 10-11:30 am, then again at 11:40 am-1 pm.

*Please note: The SAT Prep classes are open only to students currently enrolled in 10th, 11th or 12th grade. Students who register for SAT Prep must also enroll in a history-based Saturday Academy course.

Get Involved!

Gilder Lehrman Saturday Academy is every Fall (October – December) at New-York Historical Society. 

Upcoming Dates to Know:
Fall 2016 Program:

  • Course descriptions and application available: September 2016
  • Deadline to register: October 2016
  • Program dates: Saturdays, October 15-November 19

Fall  2015 Academy Courses:

Funny Papers, Serious Subjects
Paul Swartz, Educator, New-York Historical Society

From Benjamin Franklin’s “Join or Die,” to Siegel and Shuster’s “Truth, justice, and the American way,” the United States has always been a cartoon country. In this course, we will look at the ways in which comic books and strips have reflected and created our American culture and ideals. The course will coincide with the Superheroes in Gotham exhibition at New-York Historical this fall that will tell the story of the birth of comic book superheroes in New York City. In later sessions, theory will meet practice as students try their hands at some (historically informed) comics of their own.

Search and Seizure: Understanding the Fourth Amendment
Katie Fuller, Educator, New-York Historical Society

Whatever happened to probable cause within the Fourth Amendment, or our rights to be secure in our homes, persons, papers, and effects? After the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, President George W. Bush declared a War on Terror. During this time national security measures changed. How have these changes affected our lives: do we feel more secure? Have our Fourth Amendment rights been infringed upon? We will examine court cases and social movements, starting with the reasons the Fourth Amendment was added to the Constitution and ending with recent events (including the arrest of Sandra Bland in July 2015), that address and help us understand these questions.

AP United States History Exam Prep
Bill Boyce, Educator, New-York Historical Society

The AP Exam measures students’ knowledge of U.S. history and their ability to think historically. Exam questions are based on key and supporting concepts, course themes, and historical thinking skills. Students in this course will practice these skills using the rich collections of the N-YHS Museum and Library and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Students will exercise their ability to gather evidence from and analyze primary sources in order to help them prepare for the exam.

Note: This course is only available to 11th grade students.

SAT Prep
Andrew Parrish, SAT Tutor & Educator, New-York Historical Society
Jacqui Rossi, SAT Tutor & Educator, New-York Historical Society

History buffs are not always known for their math skills. Mathletes do not always become novelists. But the SAT will test your critical reading, writing, and math skills, so you better be prepared. Join this class to work on all three and also learn some tips for taking the test. After taking two mandatory practice tests, students will leave the class prepared and confident for the exam. All students registered for these classes will also receive printed practice materials to use on their own as they prepare.

Students in the SAT class are required to take two free practice SAT exams during additional sessions.

*The SAT Prep classes are open only to students currently enrolled in 10th, 11th, or 12th grade. Students who register for the SAT Prep class must also register for a history class of their choosing. Requests to enroll only in SAT Prep will not be approved. 

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