HSAS: Academics

English class

The High School of American Studies offers a challenging curriculum with an emphasis on United States History and Politics. Students are also required to complete a full range of college preparatory courses in the arts, English, foreign languages, mathematics, the sciences, and health and physical education. All courses are taught at the honors or Advanced Placement level. For additional information on course registration and graduation requirements, please consult our Course Catalogue.

Eligible juniors and seniors may opt to take courses at Lehman College. This opportunity exposes students to “real” college life and helps them to develop college-level academic skills. Sample courses from the past are listed below. For additional information on Lehman College courses, please turn to page 56 of our Course Catalogue.

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Tony Hiss, son of Alger Hiss spoke to American History students on his father's experiences during the McCarthy era in 2015.

Professor Robyn Spencer of the Lehman College History Department spoke to our students on some of the key
individuals that served in the Black Panther movement. This address was given during Black History Month in
2011. Learn more about some of Lehman faculty like Professor Spencer, many of whom teach our students when
they are provided with the opportunity to take Lehman College courses in the 11th and 12th grades.

Social Studies

Foreign Languages
Music and Fine Arts Education
Health and Physical Education