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Principal's Message

Dear Fort Hamilton High School Community:

As I begin my eighth year as Principal of Fort Hamilton High School, I am excited and filled with renewed energy to ensure that the entire school community continues in its commitment to teaching and learning, and to providing students with every opportunity to achieve their academic and personal goals. 

Striving for excellence is the ongoing mission of Fort Hamilton High School.  We are comprised of culturally diverse groups, with students from over 60 countries.  Our committed staff members prepare students to meet, even exceed, the academic challenges of New York City and the New York State Education Department's performance standards and assessments.  All curriculum is aligned with New York State Next Generation Learning Standards and we set our instructional focus on literacy based on the needs of our students.  We engage them with a variety of learning choices and opportunities to guide their development as positive and productive citizens of the 21st century.

Parents and families are an integral component in a child's education.  They are part of the Fort Hamilton community, and we share information and decision making to better enable participation and input.  Preparing our students for college and/or career necessitates that we work together to maximize every learning opportunity for all students.  We encourage active participation in the Parent Teacher Association in addition to the use of PupilPath, an online gradebook and communication system that helps students and families monitor progress.  

During the 2018-2019 school year, Fort Hamilton continued to reach excellence.  In addition to a large comprehensive athletic department, our music and perform arts department is known throughout the Bay Ridge community and around the city.  The Marching Band is in demand at parades and other New York City events, and our various instrumental and vocal groups on Superior and Excellent ratings at the Disney Music Festival.  Our Joffrey Ballet Academy, finishing its sixth year, has gained significant audiences and opportunities for students to perform in various venues.  We look forward to our growing Drama Academy with the third screen class in the fall of 2019. 

Our Virtual Enterprise teams competed in the Citywide Business Plan Competition, and our JROTC cadets won Distinction in both academic and physical competitions throughout the year, including a national competition in Virginia.

Fort Shadowing, a program that began in SY2017-18, offers seniors an opportunity to shadow someone at their workplace and/or to learn about careers of interest with professionals visiting FHHS.  The nearly ninety partners represent a variety of professions that helped expose over half of our seniors to one or two career experiences.  Our students learn and get a better sense of what a career entails, our partners appreciate our wonderful students, and it's a true collaboration between school and community.

Community service remains a core value of Fort Hamilton, as exhibited by Leadership, the National Honor Society, JROTC, and dozens of clubs that contribute to the broader community.

We are extremely proud that, historically, the graduating class through excellence in academic achievement, typically earns in excess of $15,000,000 in scholarship monies.  Fort Hamilton graduates go on to competitive institutions of higher learning, and we welcome them back to share their experiences with current students.

At Fort Hamilton High School, our focus is quality instruction provided in an environment safe and conducive to learning with mutual respect for all.  Fort Hamilton is known as the "jewel in the crown" of the Bay Ridge community and a highly regarded large comprehensive New York City public high school.  We are proud to share it with you as we continue to set the standard for excellence and prepare students for college and career.


Kaye Houlihan


Kaye Houlihan