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Our Students
A Day at Harbor

A Harbor School student's 

               is far from typical

Here's what one of our recent graduates wrote:

I started at Harbor School without really knowing what I wanted to do after high school. Though, I knew for sure that a hands-on education was what I needed. I’ve always been good at learning-by-doing, and Harbor School was perfect for that. When I arrived as a freshman, I had limited on-water experience. As a rising senior, I am very happy to say that I have logged more than 85 days at sea and I am looking forward to a career on the water.


The great thing about Harbor School is that it teaches responsibility and the value of teamwork. Even at Indock, the school’s freshman orientation program, students learn that they must “pull hard and pull together” — a motto we have for not just raising sails but for all our work together.


"It’s really important to begin high school with a sense of the future."

I recommend that incoming freshmen think about life after high school, not in terms of where they want to go, but in terms of what they need to have accomplished and experienced in order to have a choice of where to go. Start high school with a plan of self-improvement and set ambitious short-term goals: I want to keep a 90+ average in all my classes by the first marking period and I want to join at least one after school activity by October. Keeping on track with these types of short term goals and setting new ones each semester will prove invaluable when it’s time to begin applying to college. Trust me!

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“Harbor School teaches responsibility and the value of teamwork.”

A sample

     School  Day

6:00 a.m.

Wake up and get ready for school


6:45 a.m.

Take train to Whitehall/South Ferry


8:00 a.m.

Catch the ferry to Governors Island. I like to sit with my friends on the upper deck, starboard side. From there, the morning view of the harbor and the Statue of Liberty is spectacular.


Period 1

United States History where we spend a lot of time looking at historical documents and making sense of history through primary sources.


Period 2

English Language Arts, we are working on drafting personal statements that will be the basis of our college essays.


Period 3

Calculus AP, always remember to write out the limits!


Period 4

Physical Education, with Micheal Sammarco, who is also one of the school’s rowing coaches. We ran from the school to Pier 101 and back, three times.

Period 5

Lunch outside on the picnic tables in front of the garden. My buddies from Marine Systems Tech then pulled me into an impromptu game of basketball.


Periods 6-8

Vessel Operations, with Capt. Aaron Singh. We take Indy 7 out into Buttermilk Channel to practice Emergency Drills for our Joint-Drill Day with the U.S. Coast Guard. Capt. Aaron expects us to earn full marks on all drills: Man Overboard, Fire, and Abandon Ship.


3:45 p.m.

Sailing on one of the small boats, a J/24 up the Hudson River. I meet up with my team at Pier 101 and we assign positions for the sail. 

6:30 p.m.

Head home from Pier 66


7:45 p.m.

Dinner with family


8:15 p.m.



Alumni Stories

          coming soon

Check back soon to read about what some of our Harbor School graduates having doing since casting off.

NYHS Alumni association coming soon!

Details about The New York Harbor School Alumni Association are forthcoming, 


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