CITYterm is a semester program for thirty intellectually adventuresome juniors and seniors in high school. At CITYterm New York City becomes your laboratory and classroom during a semester of experience-based learning!
A Semester at CITYterm
CITYterm is an experience-based semester program for intellectually adventuresome juniors and seniors in high school. Based at The Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, NY, the program brings together 30 students and eleven faculty members, seven in residence, for an intensive study of New York City. Students spend three days of our six-day academic week in the classroom and three days in the City. The program encourages students to connect classroom learning with city experiences through an integrated, interdisciplinary curriculum that employs New York City as its central text.
CITYterms curriculum links a unique focus on the Urban Core (Honors History of New York City, Honors Literature of New York City, Honors Urban Environments) with rigorous math, language and science courses that are tailored to integrate with each students sending school curriculum. Students will take five total classes, which equates to five credits (each class being one full high school credit).
Urban Core courses meet three days each week in the classroom and three days in the city with a focus on interdisciplinary projects that fully engage the student in the content and the learning process. If a student is studying the Brooklyn bridge, the student will be reading Walt Whitmans Crossing Brooklyn Ferry, deriving the mathematical equation that describes the arc of the cables, exploring the geographic impact of connecting Brooklyn and Manhattan, and discussing who and how the bridge was built, from laborer to politician. The student will simultaneously visit the bridge, engaging the five senses to explore every detail and transposing these details into a creative piece for public exhibition.
Language, science and math courses are taught in communication with students sending schools so that students keep in step with the courses they will be returning to at home. Students will select two courses from a broad list of options in math, language and science to round out their CITYterm course load. Additionally, Advanced Placement (AP) Spanish, Honors Physics, and Chemistry are taught at The Masters School, where CITYterm is located.
- Math courses include: Algebra II with Trigonometry, Advanced Functions, Pre-Calculus, AP Calculus
- Language courses include: French (Intermediate French, Advanced French, French Literature, AP French), Spanish (Intermediate Spanish, Advanced Spanish, Spanish Literature, AP Spanish)
- Science courses include: Chemistry, Physics
Life at CITYterm
High school students at CITYterm become part of a close-knit, diverse community. At their 96 acre home along the Hudson River, whether playing basketball in the gym, discussing Do The Right Thing in the common room, or cooking pancakes in the shared kitchen, its clear that students will be part of a collaborative and inclusive environment. The week and weekends are full of exciting city experiences, including but not limited to plays, musicals, museum trips, and farmers markets.
Admission to CITYterm is based on academic performance, faculty recommendations and two personal essays. As CITYterm enrolls only thirty juniors and seniors in each of the two semesters, admission to CITYterm is selective. CITYterm and its partner schools are committed to providing the opportunity to attend this program regardless of economic background. Need-based financial aid is provided for approximately 1/3 of its students, and many partner schools match this aid with funds of their own.
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I'm an alum of Fall '12 and I assure you: GO to CITYterm, you WON'T regret it! Beyond the exclusive authorship seminars, contemporary performances, and habitual excursions to the City, CITYterm was, first and foremost, my home. The community at CITYterm was united with the mutual respect for one another's experiences--their education. To be honest, CITYterm was a major breakthrough in my academic career. Not only did I learn A LOT, but most importantly, I learned how I learned. CITYterm helped me practice metacognitve processes to build the language and skill necessary to find, test, and challenge my own thought processes. In the end, I realized I educated myself--it was the most beautiful feeling.