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Special Programs & Activities


Academy of Theater Education - This program gives students the opportunity to study English with an emphasis on the dramatic arts. The curriculum includes reading and critiquing plays, presenting monologues, attending Broadway shows, and learning lighting, costume and sound design. Freshmen and sophomores can take Drama in place of their English class, while still receiving English credits and Regents preparation. For more information see the Stage Coordinator.


Advanced Placement Courses - Our school offers over 15 Advanced Placement Courses in various subjects. In May, Advanced Placement (AP) students are given an Advanced Placement Examination. Awarding of college credit will be determined by the outcome of the test. For more information see the Assistant Principal of Social Studies in room 838.


Army JROTC – The Tiger Battalion works to motivate young people to become better citizens through military discipline and leadership development in the classroom, as well as in performing a myriad of functions. The program fosters interpersonal skills and camaraderie through the various special teams and numerous community service events. The Tiger Battalion was the first to be designated as Honor Unit with Distinction, the highest possible unit rank, and has maintained that rank for the past 20 years. For more information, see one of the JROTC instructors in room C5, in the students’ cafeteria.


College Now - This program offers high school seniors and upper juniors the opportunity to earn college credits by taking college level courses at Fort Hamilton High School. Kingsborough Community College offers courses in Basic Writing, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, ESL Writing, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Statistics. For more information see the College Now counselor in room 320.


Consultative Council – Once a month the Student Organization, the Principal, other members of the administration, parents, and teachers hold a meeting to discuss the concerns of students. The Council attempts to explore ways to resolve issues and problems facing our school community. For more information see the Coordinator of Student Affairs in room B64.


Honor Academy – Students enrolled in the program follow a rigorous, predetermined course load which includes SAT Prep, honor core curriculum classes, and Advanced Placement classes. For more information see the B House Coordinator in room 320 or the Assistant Principal of Pupil Personnel Services in room 137.


Law Institute – This program is offered by the Social Studies Department. It consists of two, one term courses. The objective of the program is to give students an understanding of the legal system, and the opportunity to explore careers related to law. If you have any questions see the Assistant Principal of Social Studies in room 836.


Leadership Program – This program teaches students cooperation and leadership skills by having them working together to plan events such as dances, the Blood Drive, theme days and numerous other activities. The group’s responsibilities include fundraising, ticket sales and setting school tone. The Leadership Program meets during periods 7 and 8, and it often requires students to stay after school and work at all S.O. events. Leadership students must have a strong commitment to the program and to the school. For more information, feel free to contact the Coordinator of Student Affairs in room B64.


Marching Regiment - Our highly competitive marching band plays for local parades, and events such as charity dinners and grand openings. In the past, the band has played for sports teams such as the NY Yankees and the National Football League. At the conclusion of every school year the band travels to national competitions in places such as Disney World, Canada, Virginia, and Georgia.


Mentor Moot Court Team - This program focuses on the ability of students to organize and present arguments to a panel of judges in New York City at an annual competition held at Fordham Law School. Students are questioned by judges as they would be in an actual appellate court proceeding. The students are supplied with a fictitious case and opinions by Fordham judges. In addition, participants are supplied with real court precedents which the team uses to help build their case. For more information see the Assistant Principal of Social Studies in room 838.


Mock Trial Team - This team competes against students from high schools all over New York State in fictitious mock trials. Each team not only prepares their case as lawyers but also must act out the roles of witnesses in an actual court room trial. Twice a week the team meets with attorneys from a prestigious New York Law firm to help mentor and coach the students on courtroom procedures and case preparation. Fort Hamilton's team competes at the U.S Federal Court building in Brooklyn. For more information see the Assistant Principal of Social Studies in room 838.


National Honor Society - This is a program for juniors and seniors who have achieved a weighted average of 90 or above, who show good character, and have performed community service. Members are required to tutor as part of their service requirement. Students must apply to become a member of NHS and attend an installation ceremony in the Fall. Members are also organized into committees including interpreting, tutoring and vocabulary. NHS organizes several events including Alumni Day, “It’s My Park” Day, and Bowling Night. For more information, consult the NHS Coordinator in room 359.


Student Organization - The Student Organization is the Student Government. The student leaders are the voices of the students in monthly Consultative Council meetings with the Principal, Assistant Principal of Organization, PTA President, Parent Coordinator, and deans. The Student Organization meets once a week in Executive Board meetings in order to discuss and address student problems and concerns. Positions on the Student Organization, such as President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary are elected in May. Applications will be available a month prior to elections. The position of Freshman Representative will be elected in January. Applications will be available a month prior to elections. If you have an 80 or higher unweighted transcript average, and a teacher recommendation you are eligible to run for a school-wide or grade-wide position. Make a difference and contact the Coordinator of Student Affairs in room B64.


Virtual Enterprise – Entrepreneurship/Virtual Enterprise is a three-year sequence of classes (Computer Applications, Entrepreneurship and Virtual Enterprise) which offers students an in-depth look into the world of business. In the final year, the Virtual Enterprise class allows students to use their business knowledge to operate a simulated business. For additional information, please see the Virtual Enterprise Coordinator in room 364.