Tackle the most challenging issues facing the United States and learn what it takes to be a changemaker.

This course dives into the laws, regulations, funding, people, entities and priorities that shape the United States and its people. From education to healthcare, criminal justice to the environment, public policy impacts every facet of American society. Students will engage in hands-on exercises about identifying problems and solutions; negotiating compromises; determining which government entities can and should act; considering legislation in the context of broader political strategy. Students will then engage with activism, examining ethical, practical, strategic, and tactical considerations that go into deciding how to advance policy goals.

This multidisciplinary approach to learning encourages students to sample different fields and employ critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills. The program is geared toward students eager to discover their passions, try something new and prepare for college and life after high school. From virtual site visits to lectures by expert practitioners, the course is curated to give students a newfound sense of direction for their future studies by shedding light on a diverse selection of subject material.

Course Highlights

Summer Academy enables students to dive deep into a course of study, sharpening skills for their academic and professional futures. Each course is carefully designed to suit student interests and encourage intellectual curiosity.

• The public policy module looks at the foundations of federal public policy and how recent changes to have impacted the public. Students will engage in principled decision-making, negotiation and compromise as well as develop, express and defend evidence-based arguments about policy issues.

• The activism module explores what impact social movements have had on government and vice versa. At the heart of social activism is the belief that an individual or a group can affect society - change is not brought about just by governments, but also by the people themselves. Students will first practice college-level analysis, and then create and workshop proposals, with Faculty challenging them to refine and improve their work.

• Possible virtual site visits include: The United Nations, The White House, The Smithsonian Institution and virtual tours of D.C. neighborhoods with historical significance.

• Previous guest speakers include: David Feinman (Conservation Lands Foundation), Bob Witek (President & Co-Founder, Witek Communications, Inc.) and Ian Madrigal (Creative Activist & Political Strategist).

Please note: All information is subject to change at the discretion of The School of The New York Times.

Cost and Session Information


Term 4: July 20 - July 31

Tuition is $2750

*Listed program costs do not include course-specific lab and materials fees. Learn more on our website.

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