City Semester is a selective, interdisciplinary, experiential program offered to students in the spring semester of 11th and 12th grade. The program integrates English, history, language, science, math, ethics, arts, and physical education in the service of studying the city, with a focus on the Bronx.
Students spend at least two days a week outside of school, doing research, exploring neighborhoods, interviewing residents, working with community organizations, collecting data, presenting in the field, and speaking to policymakers. The academic work is rigorous and challenging, with veteran teachers instructing in their own disciplines and collaborating across disciplines.
Taking inspiration from founder Felix Adler’s call to “develop individuals who will be competent to change their environment to greater conformity with moral ideals,” City Semester brings students out into the world to both construct their own learning experiences and address urban policy challenges. Through City Semester, our high school students engage the urban ecosystem and become empowered to make it more sustainable, equitable, and fulfilling.