Hi-New-York is an English school that encourages students to learn English in real-life situations while on field trips to landmark NYC venues. A short classroom-based activity before the field trip focuses the students on the English language skills they will need for that day. Even the commute to a venue becomes an English lesson as the students learn about life in NYC from their peers and teachers.
As the teens explore the homes of wealthy 19th century NY merchants or walk the streets of Harlem in search of soul food, our teachers guide this learning using resources that we have either developed ourselves or tested with our students for each venue.
Our teachers and assistants live and work in NYC, and they are passionate about their home. The teen groups are small with a teacher/teaching assistant to student ratio of 1 to 8, and this creates plenty of opportunities for the teaching team members to share their knowledge and love of NYC with their students.
In addition to the field trip-based group classes, we offer Semi-Private classes (grammar lessons, creative writing or multi-media projects) in the mornings as an optional add-on program. Therefore, the day can be as short or as long as desired.
We strive to have a good mix of languages in the classes so that the students don't fall back on their mother tongues. We believe in the students learning from each other as well as their teachers, and the relaxed environment that we create allows this to happen naturally.
Our Summer 2020 session will open on June 22. We will be offering online courses only during the weeks of June 22-26 and June 29-July 2 (4-day week). During these first two weeks, two days will be field trip days with the online lessons being held at a venue in NYC. From July 6 to August 28, online students will be invited to join our on-the-ground students for 1-1.5 hours per day. The online students will have the option to upgrade to the offline courses anytime during the summer.
Given the cautious reopening plans recently announced by the government, we will start in July with field trips within walking distance from our midtown Manhattan center and go further afield as the situation allows. We will also be limiting the class size to 8 each for the on-the-ground courses and the online courses to keep everyone safe while maintaining the high level of interactions among the students themselves and our teachers.