The Bridge Year

One of the highlights of the Queens College / Townsend Harris High School Collaboration is the Bridge Year program.  During their fourth year at THHS, all the seniors are enrolled at the College as non-matriculated Queens College students, taking up to six credits per semester of college-level courses on campus with other Queens College students.  These courses are accredited and are beyond the usual Townsend Harris curriculum requirements.  THHS offers fewer Advanced Placement classes than other high schools because of this opportunity.  The college courses are more demanding and offer more preparation for college than the usual AP courses.  Three of each semester’s QC credits are earned in college electives of the student’s choice.  The other three are earned in Honors in the Humanities (HTH) 101 & 102: the Freshman Humanities Colloquium — a “great books” honors course that is team-taught in a seminar setting by a member of the Queens College faculty and a member of the THHS faculty.  The HTH classes are supplemented by an eight-lecture series presented by QC professors from the Humanities and Social Sciences Divisions to the entire senior class and Colloquia faculty.  The seminars emphasize reading, writing, and student-led discussion.  They are patterned on Queens College’s Honors Program seminar, as well as the seminar programs at St. John’s (Annapolis) and the University of Chicago.

The main goals of the Bridge Year are to ease the students’ transition from high school to college and to give them an opportunity to do college-level work.  They are able to adjust to the much greater freedom that exists on college campuses and at the same time to learn the responsibility necessary to handle that freedom.  Thanks to the Bridge Year program, seniors can get a real taste of college life while still in high school.

Bridge Year FAQ

Read the frequently asked questions here.

Choosing QC Electives

Learn more about choosing Queens College elective courses.

Bridge Year Students

What do you need to do to become a Bridge Year Student?

THHS vs. QC Courses

Learn how to balance THHS and QC courses.

Read about the Senior Program


Senior Programming


The THHS Senior Year: The Bridge Year

As described above, the Senior Year at Townsend Harris High School is a sometimes complicated year where the students are straddling two “worlds” at the same time: high school and college.

Each student’s senior program is a puzzle with pieces shaped by different institutions – the NYC Department of Education, THHS, and Queens College - including considerations of their specific requirements, class / time schedules, and course availability, as well as each student’s personal goals and extra-curricular activities.

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