Excellence: Who They Are
Stuyvesant High School has been synonymous with excellence in Public Education since the beginning of the century. Part of the New York City Public School System, Stuyvesant was the first site to be recognized by the President's Commission on Excellence as one of the best schools in the country.
This high school's curricula are among the most challenging in the United States. While Stuyvesant specializes in mathematics, the physical and biological sciences and technology, it is also recognized for excellence in the humanities and the social sciences. Each semester there are approximately 55 Advanced Placement courses offered in all disciplines. Electives include class in Medical Ethics, Medical Human Genetics, Organic Chemistry, Integrated Chemistry-Physics, Multivariate Calculus, Architecture, Robotics, Gothic Literature, Women's Voices in Literature, Forensics, Law Studies/Criminal Justice, Prejudice and Persecution, Wall Street -- American Financial Heartland, Advanced Hebrew, Italian, Spanish, German, Latin, French, and Japanese.
Commitment: How They Work
Stuyvesant High School students are among the most hardworking and committed in the New York City Public School System. Students from all five boroughs are admitted to Stuyvesant by competitive examination. They represent every ethnic, racial, economic and cultural group traditionally in the city. Many are first and second generation immigrants and they all attend free of charge.
Stuyvesant's reputation as a first rate college preparatory school is recognized by the leading universities. Virtually all of its graduates go on to college and an extraordinary number are accepted into the most competitive universities and colleges in the nation.
Dedication: What They Do
Hundreds of Stuyvesant students serve the community as volunteers, helping the indigent, the homeless, the sick and the elderly. Most important of all are the numerous extracurricular activities which add special qualities to the life of school. There are more than 90 clubs and 25 publications chronicling all aspects of student life. The school fields 30 sports teams including championship wrestling, fencing, swimming, gymnastics, and football teams. Each year the students mount close to a dozen concerts, musicals, and drama productions. Our musical groups rival those found in professional music schools and include a one hundred piece symphonic orchestra, symphonic band, stage chorus, gospel choir, Renaissance choir, stage band and a number of chamber music ensembles.
Achievement: What They've Done
The achievements of the current student body continue the tradition of excellence and accomplishments begun in 1904. Our school almost invariably leads the nation in National Merit Scholars, in Intel Finalists, in Mathematics competitions (city, state, and nationwide), in Debate, in Foreign Language achievements, in Poetry and Literature competitions, and in musical accomplishments. Our graduates continue to win more academic scholarships than any other school in the city or in the state. Currently over 500 students are involved in research work in all areas of science and mathematics.
The reputation of Stuyvesant rests firmly on the achievements of the men and women who are Alumni of the school. Among them are Nobel Laureates (Joshua Lederberg, Roald Hoffman), Field Medal winner (Paul Cohen), Actors (Tim Robbins, James Cagney, Ron Silver, Paul Reiser, Lucy Liu), Astronaut (Col. Ronald Grabe), Politicians (Congressmen Benjamin Rosenthal, Jerrold Nadler, State Senators Emanual Gold, Serphin Matlese, Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, Borough President Howard Golden), Sports Personalities (Len Berman), Judges (Hon. Edwin Torres and Hon. Daniel Chin), Attorneys (Bernard Nussbaum, Richard Ben-Veniste), Physicians (Dr. Alvin Pouissant and Dr. Gustaav Dammin -- discoverer of Lyme disease), Educators (Albert Shanker, Dr. John J. Theobald), Musicians (Thelonious Monk, Adam Horovitz, Kai Winding), novelists, artists, and a host of other creative people who have enriched our nation and the word with their contributions. Many are still actively involved in supporting their Alma Mater.
In Support of Excellence: You Can Help
The achievements of the Stuyvesant High School students are all the more remarkable because they have been attainted despite ongoing fiscal problems. The budget allotted by the Board of Education does not provide funds for the student publications, for many of the Advanced Placement textbooks and equipment or for extracurricular activities. The National Championship Debate team travels widely for competitions but school funds cannot be provided. The Chess team (past US Champions) has no trained advisor. Programs such as these and scores of others exist and succeed because students, parents, faculty, friends and businesses supply talent, funds and expertise.
To educate the men and women of tomorrow, we need help today. To keep our state-of-the art building equipped with ever-changing technologies, we need your support. Each contribution, each measure of support for our young people today, is an investment in the future. The achievements of our graduates will generate enormous dividends for our city, our country and our world.
Contributions: How You Can Help
Contributions can be monetary or in form of expertise, advice, and equipment. Companies have donated word processors, computer drafting equipment, lathes, and printing presses. Institutions can adopt and advise clubs and publications, provide equipment and expertise to support the computer and technical infrastructure and develop internship and mentoring opportunities. As programs grow, in curricular areas or in the ever-widening range of student activities, increased support from outside resources is needed.