College Preparatory Programs

Liaison Office for Townsend Harris High School at Queens College

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Senior Programming

Each student’s senior program is a puzzle with pieces shaped by different institutions – the NYC Department of Education, THHS, and Queens College - including considerations of their specific requirements, class / time schedules, and course availability, as well as each student’s personal goals and extra-curricular activities.

The THHS Senior Year: The Bridge Year

Each year in March, the office of College Preparatory Programs meets with the THHS Juniors to discuss the Bridge Year and to distribute paperwork, including forms and guides for the students. 

Becoming a Bridge Year Student

Once the juniors have submitted their QC Admissions papers, they can move on the more exciting aspect of choosing their Queens College elective for the upcoming semester.

Choosing Queens College Electives

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Six courses are required to be taken each semester.

Fall Semester                                                              Spring Semester

Humanities Colloquium                                             Humanities Colloquium

Participatory Democracy                                           Economics

Physical Education                                                      Physical Education

High School Elective #1                                            High School Elective #1

High School Elective #2                                            High School Elective #2

One Queens College Elective  *                                One Queens College Elective *

   * This additional class may be an appropriate high school elective as determined in consultation with the student’s guidance counselor.  If a student has not met the high school graduation requirements, these must be fulfilled in the senior year in lieu of college or high school electives. 



The school day for seniors is from 7:30am - 3:30pm.  Students will have periods of free time during the day for studying.  As in the underclass years, a senior’s class schedule cannot be adjusted for non-academic reasons.

All programs at both Townsend Harris High School and Queens College may be affected by budgetary constraints of which we are not aware of at this time.


Sample Programs 

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As described on The Bridge Year page, the Senior Year at Townsend Harris High School is a sometimes complicated year where the students are straddling two “worlds” at the same time: high school and college.

These forms include: THHS Bridge Year Application to Queens College, Queens College Immunization Record, THHS Bridge Year Queens College Elective Selection Sheet, and the THHS Bridge Year Handbook & Parental Consent Form.

Without these correctly completed forms, we are unable to enroll the Bridge Year students in Queens College.  CPP must adhere to the College’s policies regarding admissions and immunization requirements.  We work with the high school to lessen some of this burden for the students, but for most of them, these forms are their introduction to the bureaucracies inherent in higher education and the “adult” world.

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