Thursday, March 17, 2011

Museum of the City of NY Saturday Academy

 Saturday Academy for Eighth to Twelfth Graders


The Frederick A.O. Schwarz Children’s Center, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, presents Saturday Academy for students in grades 8–12. Saturday Academy is a free six-week program for students interested in American History or SAT preparation.  There’s no homework or testing and all course materials are provided. 

Read more about Saturday Academy featured in New York Magazine’s “Best of New York 2011” issue.

Spring 2011 courses meet on April 30th, May 7th, 14th, 21st, and June 4th and 11th.Students may enroll in one or two courses a semester. All courses are available at two times: Session I runs from 9:00 am to 10:20 am; Session II runs from 10:30 am to 11:50 am. Students who complete all course requirements and a semester evaluation will receive a Certificate of Achievement at the end of the program. 

Spring 2011 Course Offerings

The Sixties: Music, Movements, and Mayhem
Instructor: Betty Luther Hillman, Ph.D. Candidate in American History, Yale University
Open to students in grades 8-12 
This course will focus on the major events and reform movements of this momentous decade in U.S. history—the 1960s. Students will learn about the social movements of the time, including Civil Rights, women’s liberation, and the movement against the Vietnam War, all of which continue to shape American society, politics, and culture. Through popular music as well as films, photographs, television clips, and primary source readings, students will learn about the debates concerning the future of the country during this turbulent period.

Striving for Freedom: Free Black Communities in New York and Brooklyn before the Civil War
Instructor: Samantha Gibson, M.A. in Public History, New York University
Open to students in grades 8-12
This class will examine the vibrant African-American communities that thrived in New York and Brooklyn from the early 19th century until the Civil War. Students will learn about the individuals and events that shaped these communities and empowered its members to campaign for equal voting rights, work to found schools, and organize initiatives to end slavery. Students will work with sources such as historic maps, early African-American newspapers, and archival images as they learn about early reform activism in black New York and Brooklyn.

Public Art in East Harlem: Interpreting Latino-American History in the 20th Century
Instructor: Elizabeth Hamby, B.F.A. in Fine Art, Parsons School of Design
Open to students in grades 8-12
Public art projects can be windows into important events in American history. Students will use public art in East Harlem as a lens for learning about Latino social movements in the United States during the 20th century, such as the Puerto Rican Independence movement and civil rights for U.S. born Latinos.  Students will take field trips to view murals that paint a vivid portrait of the history and culture of Latinos in America through depictions of political figures, artists, poets, and activists. The public art projects include works by Hank Prussing, Manny Vega, James de la Vega, Tato and Vagabond, Tats Cru and Marina Gutierrez. The class will work together to create a map of East Harlem showcasing each public art project visited, the artists’ political and social perspectives, and the historical significance of the local and national events depicted.

Kaplan SAT Skills
Instructor: Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions
Open to students in grades 11-12
Test prep can help students maximize their performance on standardized tests and increase their odds of college acceptance and merit-based financial aid. In this course, students will learn time-honored techniques for taking the SAT and master key Kaplan strategies. Kaplan faculty will cover critical reading, math, and writing skills. Walk into Test Day feeling confident and prepared!

To apply for Saturday Academy:

Download and Print the Spring 2011 brochure and application.

Mail the completed application to:
Joanna Steinberg, Saturday Academy Coordinator, Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10029.
Applications submitted by fax or email will not be accepted.

Applications must be received by Wednesday, April 6th no later than 5:00 p.m.

Enrollment is first come first serve. There are a limited number of spaces reserved for students who live in East Harlem (10029 and 10035 zip codes) and/or attend schools in East Harlem. Please apply early-space is limited! Accepted candidates will be notified by email, mail, or telephone.

For more information or to be added to the Saturday Academy mailing list, please contact Joanna Steinberg, Saturday Academy Coordinator, at

Support for Saturday Academy is provided by The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.  

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