Gilder Lehrman Saturday Academies provide free elective courses for high school and middle school students on Saturday mornings. A winner of the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, the nation’s highest honor for outstanding after-school and out-of-school programs, Saturday Academies have helped more than ten thousand students gain a deeper knowledge of the humanities through American history, literature, and arts classes.

In the 2016–2017 school year, students from public, charter, and parochial schools attended Gilder Lehrman Saturday Academy programs. Students in Saturday Academies improve their basic literacy and critical reading skills through exposure to primary documents; engage difficult issues through class discussion, essay projects, and artistic expression; and strengthen their knowledge of the social sciences and humanities. The program prepares students for Advanced Placement and SAT exams and a lifetime of active learning and civic engagement. All Saturday Academies are open to enrollment from all members of the community. For more information, email