Gap Year Online with The School of The New York Times

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This Spring, join the next generation of global thinkers.

Study online with New York Times journalists and other industry experts who will deepen your understanding of the world, widen your horizons and help you plan for the future. Gap Year Online is a program for high school graduates seeking a transformative intellectual adventure before going to college or pursuing a career path. During the program, students learn from some of the world’s most influential thought leaders, using sections of the newspaper to dive deeply into important social, cultural and global topics.

Whether you are a lifelong reader of The New York Times or just discovering your interest in journalism, this program is designed as an entryway into the field. Through mentorship, professional development sessions and life skills workshops, students will end the program with greater clarity about their personal goals and career aspirations.

  • The faculty at The School is comprised of journalists and staff of The New York Times, professionals who are experts in their fields and exceptional educators who are active practitioners.
  • The School offers a vast network of professional contacts for students to engage with through formal guest speakers, individual class visits, and guest lectures. Gap Year students have the opportunity to meet some of the world’s top talent.
  • The Independent Learning Project is the central component of the Gap Year program. Students are matched with a faculty member to work on a new or existing independent project. Students may choose a piece of writing, new media, photography or other medium.
  • Service Learning and Reflection projects complement the Section Studies, helping students identify ways to give back to the community and contemplate how their understanding of the world is changing.
  • Students will emerge from the program with a strong sense of self, imbued with a framework of deepened understanding about what drives their passions, issues that are meaningful to them and where they stand in relation to those issues.

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