At the Kurt Hahn School, it is our mission to challenge, engage, and empower young people so that they become informed, skilled, and courageous leaders.


Like all NYC Outward Bound schools, we implement the nationally recognized EL Education model, which is rooted in Outward Bound. This model features rigorous learning experiences, both in and out of the classroom, and is built upon a culture of high achievement and mutual support. Our school uses hands-on learning that has real-world application. At our school, leadership, active citizenship, and character development go hand-in-hand with academic rigor and challenge. By valuing community and character alongside rigorous academics, we foster a school culture that instills in students the desire to take ownership over their own learning and care for their community. Students understand what they have learned and why.


We have partnered with Brooklyn College and Kingsborough Community College to offer College Now Courses.  Students take courses at our school or at the college campus.  Our course offerings include Modern Humanities: Art and Ideas,  Introduction to Business, Behavioral and Social Science: The Individual and His/Her World, and Introduction to College/Career and Life Planning.

Through the AP for All initiative, we have recently introduced: 

  • AP Literature: A Call to Action: Understanding Your rights using authors including but not limited to Adiche, Hawthorne, Whitehead.

  • AP Seminar/Statistics using a Neuroscience and Statistics lens as the foundational source of evidence to analyze key topics.

  • AP Human Geography to explore how humans have understood, used and changed the surface of the earth.


Performanced Based Assessment Tasks (PBATs) replace traditional Regents Exams. Assessments include:

  • Analytic Essays on Literature

  • Social Studies Research Papers

  • An original Science Experiment & Paper

  • Problem Solving & Writing on Mathematics

  • Graduation-level PBATs are evaluated by external assessors using Consortium rubrics for both writing and oral presentations.

A series of interim assessments, roundtables, oral argumentation based on content and evidence, analytic as well as creative and first-person writing, teacher- and student-initiated assignments, independent and assigned reading, and hands-on projects all prepare students for their graduation-level performance-based assessment tasks, known as PBATs.


At the Kurt Hahn School, we seek young people who are independent thinkers, experimenters, debaters, and problem solvers. We ask open-ended questions and look to young people to find new and creative ideas to solve persistent dilemmas in pursuit of a more beautiful world. If you are looking to go beyond prep and test and want to explore topics in depth in order to form your own opinions about the world you are experiencing and creating, we are the right school for you.

The Kurt Hahn School is an Education Opportunity School. If you select our school, there is a good likelihood that you will be matched to our school, depending on the number of applicants we receive. Please reach out to our enrollment team at enrollment@kurthahnschool.org if you have questions about Ed Opt or if you want to learn more about our educational philosophy and approach to learning.

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  • Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP)

    The application for SYEP is available HERE.

    The Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) is the nation’s largest youth employment program, connecting NYC youth between the ages of 14 and 24 with career exploration opportunities and paid work experience each summer.

    Participants have the opportunity to explore their interests and career pathways, develop workplace skills and engage in learning experiences that help in developing their social, civic and leadership skills.

    By participating in structured project and work-based opportunities, NYC youth are better prepared for careers of the future. 

    The code for students at Kurt Hahn Expeditionary Learning School is CR-91169.

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  • Winter Break December 26 through January 02!

    Our Winter Break is from December 26th to January 2nd!

    We wish you a happy winter recess and look forward to seeing all of our students in the New Year.

    All students should return to school on January 3rd.

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  • SLC's on the 17th and 18th!

    Student-led conferences will be held during the evening of the 17th and the afternoon of the 18th.  Please reach out to your child's Crew teacher to schedule.

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  • Recruitment | Open House Registration

    Open House Registration: Please click on this link and register for our upcoming Open House!

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  • Kurt Hahn News: Halloween Edition

    Don't miss our latest episode of Kurt Hahn News!


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