How would switching languages sophomore year work?

If you want to switch languages for next year, you totally can, just realize that you will have to take that language for the rest of your high school career, including senior year, whereas you could drop it after junior year if you stuck with your current language. You should talk to your guidance counselor ASAP if you want to make the change and they will do their best to accommodate you.

Posted on April 14, 2017 .

Are the classes as hard as stuys classes are made out to be?

Classes are definitely a large step up from middle school -- often disconcertingly so. As such, the first couple weeks or months can feel disorienting and stressful. However, most people are able to figure out a schedule that works for them. The nice thing about Stuy is that, because so many elective courses are available, you get to format your schedule so as not to overwhelm yourself, and you get more freedom as you get older. I like to tell the story of my first math test at Stuy. I was always good at math in middle school -- like many of the students here, I never really had to study to do well. As such, I was totally unprepared for the rigor of Stuy courses and didn't really know how to study. So I got a 61 on my first test. Surprised and disappointed, I went to my math teacher and asked for help. He worked a lot with me, and taught me not only the material, but really how to learn and be self-sufficient. I ended up doing pretty well in that class because Stuy really does seem like a rude awakening at first, but has all the resources necessary to make you an amazing student and learner. So the short answer is yes. Stuy classes are hard. Much harder than middle school. But it's completely manageable if you're able to take setbacks and use them to motivate you going forward -- that's what will ultimately make you successful not only at Stuy, but in the real world as well.

Posted on April 2, 2017 .

Is it not possible to take electives like geology?

According to the Stuy website (, you should be able to take it. However, if it doesn't show up on your elective choices then you probably can't. Talk to your guidance counselor for confirmation.

Posted on April 2, 2017 .

What electives are available in 10th grade?

The only electives available are

  • European Lit vs. Classical Lit for English
  • Two terms of CS vs. one term CS and one term drafting (you'll have to take drafting junior year if you choose the former)
  • AP World History, AP European History, or regular history
  • Honors Trig/Alg2
Posted on March 26, 2017 .

What is the typical junior schedule excluding electives?

A typical junior schedule includes:

  • A US History class (either regular or AP)
  • An English class (either an elective or an AP class, check the stuy website for more details)
  • A Precalculus class (either regular or honors)
  • A Regents Physics class
  • A language class, dependent on the level you took sophomore year
  • A health class (only one term)
  • Drafting (one term, if you haven't taken two terms of CS)
  • Phys Ed (electives available)


Posted on March 26, 2017 .