Advanced Placement (AP)
The courses offered include:
- A.P. American History
- A.P. World History
- A.P. English Language
- A.P. English Literature
- A.P. Calculus
- A.P. Biology
- A.P. Environmental Science
- A.P. Psychology
The Advanced Placement Program provides students with the opportunity to take college-level courses and achieve college credit.
American History Academy Program
Salesian High School is the fourth school in the country and the first outside of New York City selected by the Gilder/Lehrman Foundation. The Foundation will help the school integrate American studies into the school curriculum. Through this grant, Salesian High School has created a small academically rigorous learning environment that offers courses in American history throughout the four-year high school curriculum. The foundation will oversee Salesian’s American Studies Academy and supply support, equipment, hardware and software. Teachers are invited to participate in seminars and enrichment programs and fellowships taught by renowned historians at Ivy League schools.
Salesian students enjoy the benefits of technology in their school library/media center. Their library also extends onto their school web page. They can search for books using the automated online card catalog in school and at home. They can use links to helpful web sites collected by the librarian and their teachers. They can use online databases and e-Books for research both at school and from their home computers. Databases for their use include the SIRS Knowledge Source and SIRS Decades, Cengage Gale’s Student Resources in Context, U.S. History in Context, and Science in Context, Facts On File databases, as well as the NOVEL (New York Online Virtual Electronic Library) databases provided by NY State.
Band and Music
Under the direction of the Paul Effman Organization, music is in full swing at Salesian High School. In addition to weekly small group lessons, the full band meets twice a week to rehearse for various school functions. Students can choose from a wide-range of instruments and may participate in the program regardless of their level of experience.
In cooperation with Iona College, courses are offered in the areas of foreign language, political science, and calculus, enabling selected students to earn up to six college credits in each area.
The extraordinary talents of our students have an opportunity to shine when the Salesian High School Players present their annual spring production. From the opening strands of the overture performed by professional orchestras, peppered with our very own student musicians, to the incomparable casts and crew, audience members have learned to expect an evening of quality entertainment.
Throughout their years at Salesian, honors students will take honors-level courses, AP courses, as well as having the opportunity to take additional college link and elective courses in their senior year. This program begins in sophomore year, however, Salesian does offer select freshmen a pre-honors program where they can become acquainted with honors courses. Learn more about our Honors Program.
Designed to provide students with a hands-on and inquiry-based experiences, the Science Discovery Program provides participants with the opportunity to attend off-campus lectures, visit research sites, and attend regularly scheduled research classes and labs. Through contact with actual field conditions, this program provides a unique opportunity for students to stand apart from their peers and gain experiences now considered favorable when applying for admission to competitive colleges.
Saturday History Academy
An extension of the Salesian High School American History Program, the Saturday Academy, held at Salesian High School on six Saturday mornings, is a coed, tuition-free, enrichment program offered to all Catholic, private, and public school students in grades 7 through 10. Students that participate in this program, funded by The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, have the opportunity to examine selected topics in American history studies based on materials supplied by the teachers. In addition to analyzing primary sources, videos, slides and music, students participate in group discussions, us the school’s computers and go on field trips. Best of all — no homework and no tests! Upon satisfactory completion of the course, the Academy will send a Certificate of Achievement to the student’s school.
The foundation of Salesian High School is our Catholic faith. We proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ in a variety of ways. All students study four years of religion to give an academic grounding to the teachings of the faith. Students study scripture, morality, the sacraments, social justice, the vocation of being a Christian gentleman, all in the context of Jesus, God and man.
This program offers students an opportunity to view faith as a lived experience, while learning the values of leadership and service. All students complete 50 community service hours prior to graduating. Projects include: teaching CCD in local grammar schools, volunteering as a Big Brother to incoming freshman, working in hospitals, nursing homes, or with the homeless, as well as working in poor parishes in the New York-metro area, Florida and Mexico. Learn more about our Youth Ministry Program.