Gap Year is a program for high school graduates seeking a transformative intellectual adventure before they go to college or pursue a future career path. During the program, students interact with some of the world’s leading thinkers who are covering the important issues of our time across global affairs, politics, finance & economics, science & technology, arts & humanities, and more. With New York City as their classroom, Gap Year students emerge with an expanded world view, a sharp sense of perspective on a wide range of topics, and strong critical thinking and communication skills that will prepare them for college, career and lifelong success.
- 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.
- 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.
- New York City is your classroom. Students learn with The New York Times in the city (and classroom) that never sleeps.