Saturday Academies

Gilder Lehrman Saturday Academies provide free elective courses for high school and middle school students on Saturday mornings. A winner of the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, the nation’s highest honor for outstanding after-school and out-of-school programs, Saturday Academies have helped more than ten thousand students gain a deeper knowledge of the humanities through American history, literature, and arts classes.

Students in Saturday Academies enhance their literacy (reading, reasoning, and writing) skills through the examination and evaluation of primary source documents; engage thought-provoking issues through class discussion, essay projects, and artistic expression; and strengthen their knowledge of the social sciences and humanities. Moreover, the program prepares students for Advanced Placement and SAT examinations as well as a lifetime of active learning and civic engagement. All Saturday Academies are open to enrollment from all members of the community. For more information, email

List of Academies

Abraham Lincoln Saturday Academy
Brooklyn, New York

Ryan Fanning, Director
Contact Number: 718-372-5474
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Academy of American Studies Saturday Academy
Queens, New York

Nina Cohen, Director
Contact Number: 718-361-8786
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All Hallows Saturday Academy
Bronx, New York

Robert Conte, Director
Contact Number: 718-293-4545

Andover High School Saturday Academy
Andover, Kansas

Joel Schaefer, Director
Contact Number: 316-218-4600
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Heights High School Saturday Academy
Wichita, Kansas

Christopher Kemp, Director
Contact Number: 316-973-1400
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Museum of the City of New York Saturday Academy
Manhattan, New York

Joanna Steinberg, Director
Contact Number: 917-492-3401
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New Dorp High School Saturday Academy
Staten Island, New York

Anthony Antinoro, Director
Contact Number: 718-668-6730
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New-York Historical Society Saturday Academy
Manhattan, New York

Kinneret Kohn and Rugan Lewis, Co-Directors
Contact Number: 212-485-9281
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Notre Dame Saturday Academy
Manhattan, New York

Glenn Stordeur, Director
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Salesian Saturday Academy
New Rochelle, New York

Richard Raggo, Director
Contact Number: 914-632-0248


2011 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award

First Lady Michelle Obama presents the 2011 NAHYP Award to James Basker, Preside

In 2011, the Gilder Lehrman Saturday Academies (GLSA) received the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, which recognizes community-based arts and humanities programs. Chosen from a pool of more than 471 nominations and 50 finalists, GLSA was among twelve after-school and out-of-school programs across the country to receive the award—the highest honor such programs can receive in the United States. First Lady Michelle Obama presented student representative Robert Sandoval with the award at the White House.

At the time, eighteen-year-old Robert Sandoval was a senior at All Hallows High School in the South Bronx and he had attended GLSA for six semesters. The program helped him achieve outstanding scores on his standardized history tests including the AP World, AP US, Regents Exams, and the US History SAT II. In the spring of 2012, he graduated second in his class.

“Gilder Lehrman Saturday Academies have helped me gain a better understanding and deeper insight on topics in American History and sharpened my understanding of the past and its effects on the present,” said Robert Sandoval. “When I grow up I want to be able to look back at the memories and accomplishments in the journey of my educational career and the honor of receiving this award from First Lady Michelle Obama will for sure be a lifelong memory.”

About The National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award
The National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award is the nation’s highest honor for after-school arts and humanities programs. First presented in 1998, the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards are presented through a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), in cooperation with the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA). The awards recognize and support outstanding programs that lay new pathways to creativity, expression, and achievement outside of the regular school day. These programs excite and engage a range of students, cultivating imagination, collaboration, discipline and academic success, with demonstrable results. They also provide safe harbors after school, on weekends and evenings for children and youth in some of our country’s most at-risk urban and rural settings.