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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:

  • Online registration available now.
  • Deadline to register: October 3, 2016
  • Program dates: Saturdays, October 15 - November 19 from 10am-1pm [Please note: students enrolled in SAT prep must also be available from 9:00am-1:00pm on Saturday, October 8 AND Saturday, December 3 to take a full practice SAT exam]

Fall  2016 Academy Courses:

Saturdays at New-York Historical:

  • October 15, 2016
  • October 22, 2016
  • October 29, 2016
  • November 5, 2016
  • November 12, 2016
  • November 19, 2016

SAT Prep students will also meet on October 8 and December 3 to take full practice exams (1:00-5:00pm)

Class Session One: 10 – 11:30 am
Class Session Two: 11:40 am – 1 pm

Application Information

Registration for the FALL 2016 Saturday Academy is open now.

To register for courses, please click here.

After your form is submitted you will receive an email notification confirming your submission and a second email when your enrollment is confirmed.

Registration will close at 5pm on October 3, 2016, or when classes fill to capacity.

Fall  2016 Saturday Academy Courses:

Constitutional Conundrums
Paul Swartz, Educator, New-York Historical Society

Participants will develop an understanding of America’s foundational document through an introduction to various constitutional philosophies and close analysis of the text, and ultimately develop their own arguments to be shared in a formal debate.

The Life and Legacy of Alexander Hamilton
Samantha Rijkers, Educator, New-York Historical Society

Students will explore the development of early American history through the life of Alexander Hamilton. Participants will analyze Hamilton’s writings, examine artifacts relevant to his military and political careers, and consider how the policies he developed still affect the United States today.

Review for the AP United States History Exam
Bill Boyce, Educator, New-York Historical Society

Students will develop both their U.S. History content knowledge as well as their ability to think historically while engaging with the rich collections of the New-York Historical Society’s Museum and Library and those of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.
Note: This course is only available to 11th grade students.

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

Participants in this course will feel confident and prepared to take the SAT exam after having had the opportunity to take two practice tests, receive free preparation materials, and develop test taking strategies.

Students in the SAT class will be required to take two free practice SAT exams during additional sessions (Saturdays October 8 and December 3) from 9:00am–1:00 pm. Please save the dates and time!

*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.

If you have questions regarding Saturday Academy, please contact us at

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