We envision a world of highly effective leaders from diverse backgrounds and experiences working together to make a change.
At Gotham Scholars, our mission is to empower motivated public high school students to reach their greatest potential through rigorous academic enrichment, dedicated professional mentorship, exposure to extracurricular activities, and college access support.
Applied Learning for Classroom and Life
Math Fundamentals Meet Real-World Applications
Our personal finance program is a workshop-based curriculum designed to equip participants with financial literacy. We thoughtfully designed our lessons to help their fundamental math skills come to life with real-life applications. By incorporating hands-on problem-solving exercises and interactive activities, our scholars will gain valuable experience applying financial concepts to real-life situations — from personal budgeting to understanding debt, saving, and financial independence.
Developing Intellectual Curiosity & Real-World Connections
In our seminar courses, we approach real-world problems through the lens of interdisciplinary learning. By exploring diverse literary works, we inspire our scholars to examine texts from multiple angles — connecting readers with broader fields such as history, psychology, sociology, philosophy, science, art, and more. This holistic approach to classroom materials and discussion allows scholars to make more extensive connections, develop quality arguments, and think critically about each topic covered in class.
Showing Up Ready to Lead
At Scholars, we believe in supporting the whole student. Our leadership class explores concepts from self-advocacy and communication to mindfulness and stress management. Leadership classes allow scholars to network with industry professionals and learn effective email writing and communication skills and tools to support time management and executive function techniques.
Gotham Scholars is proud to partner with Advantage Testing to provide elite test preparation starting in 11th grade. Students receive customized lesson plans and weekly sessions to build their study skills, test-taking skills, test time management, and confidence to prepare for standardized tests to add to their college applications in 12th grade.
Gotham Scholars is proud to partner with the Brooklyn Debate League to provide subject matter expertise in structured communication and debate. Scholars work on debate prep, research, argument creation, and delivery in a classroom environment. They then use these skills in regular intra-high school tournaments to strengthen their confidence and quick-thinking communication skills.
Gotham Scholars is proud to partner with Home Power Yoga (based in NJ) to provide wellness classes focusing on yoga practice, meditation, nutrition, and mindfulness. Students meet regularly in person with a licensed nutritionist and yoga instructor to discuss stress management and build skills to practice healthy wellness practices throughout their academic careers.
Gotham Scholars is proud to partner with REELWORKS, a NY based media & entertainment nonprofit helping teens discover the world of film making and media from script writing to lighting and camera work. Our curriculum offers filmmaking courses to help develop storytelling skills, project management skills and more.
of every dollar donated goes directly to scholarly programming
of our first-generation, low income Scholars receive significant financial aid
of our Scholars have been admitted to the Top 100 Universities
We are a 501c3 funded by individual contributors who believe in the simple idea that all humans should have the opportunity to aim high. 100% of your dollars will be applied to supporting our students with classroom, technology, extracurricular, and college access work.