HSAS Academics

Our school specializes in the study of American history and offers students an academically rigorous program that is varied and challenging. Our goal is to prepare our students for admission to highly competitive colleges and for a wide range of careers. Our affiliation with Lehman College provides a unique setting in which students enjoy the intimacy of a small school with the resources of a large college. 

All students engage in a three-year chronological study of American History. We make history come alive using primary source documents, films, biographies, literature, and creative teaching techniques. Students at HSAS gain first-hand knowledge of the key events in American history through trips to sites and cities of historic importance and participation in special seminars with guest speakers. We also offer honors-level, Advanced Placement, and elective courses in mathematics, science, constitutional and criminal law, literature, film, foreign languages, history, and the arts.

A special component of our program focuses on the development of college-level research skills and methodologies. Our students are supported by school and college faculty in the process of pursuing individualized research projects. Through our collaboration with Lehman College, students have access to its campus library and athletic facilities and take credit-bearing college classes and seminars in their junior and senior years.

Learn more about our classes and academic policies in our Course Catalogue and Academic Policy Guide here.