Welcome to The Facing History School!

Our mission is to graduate students who are: a) lifelong learners with the skills and knowledge for academic and professional success and b) prepared for the responsibilities of being active, thoughtful participants and leaders in a democratic society.
We opened our doors in September 2005, and many of our core founding values have remained the same: a focus on performance based assessment; a belief in distributive leadership; an emphasis on building relationships among staff and students and a desire to know each child – their academic strengths and challenges, their interests, their lives outside of school and their dreams.
We believe that our relevant, academically rigorous program and the supportive, caring structures we have in place make us more than just an excellent school, but an excellent learning community. With the guidance of our lead partner, Facing History and Ourselves, we ask our students to go on a four year journey to help prepare them for the ethical and moral decisions of adulthood. Our school’s activities, structure, and curricula are centered around four themes: Identity, Caring and Responsibility, Decision-making, and Choosing to Participate.

As of November 19th, 2020 ALL Students are in Remote Instruction


After School Virtual Clubs!


  • We are excited to announce our new after school programs and virtual events!
  • Join us for these exciting live clubs in our online classrooms. These programs will be held by your favorite teachers at FHS!
  • Click on the the AFTER SCHOOLS CLUBS tab to find out more.


School Based Health Clinic!


It’s fast and easy for your child to receive health care services through the Ryan Health School-based Health Center!


  • FREE!   No cost to students or their families

  • Does not replace your Primary Care Provider

  • Does not affect your insurance

  • Telehealth and In Person Services Available for Virtual and Blended Learners

If you child is not yet registered for these free services, please download, print and complete the attached forms.  If you would like a copy mailed to your home, please call the school and we will happily mail a copy home.  You can either take a picture of your completed form and email it to dana@facinghistoryschool.org or bring it into the school. 

  PWHS SBHC Consent Form ENGLISH 2020-2021.pdf  OR  PWHS SPANISH SBHC Consent Form 2020-2021.pdf 

Important Information - STAY TUNED!

  • Tech Assistance

     Students /Parents do you tech help?  Please click the following link to submit a request for tech support.  An FHS staff member will get back to you as soon as possible.

    Online Technology Help/Assistance 2020-2021

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  • Statement on Accessibility

    We are working to make this website easier to access for people with disabilities, and will follow the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0If you need assistance with a particular page or document on our current site, please contact Christine Ortiz at (212) 757-2680 to request assistance or Christine@facinghistoryschool.org.

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 Virtual Orientation!

If you are interested in our Virtual Open House,

please email Christine@FacingHistorySchool.org for more information. 


Parents Corner!



We Speak NYC: English Conversation Classes for NYCDOE Families 


  • Session 1: Wednesday, December 2, 2020 
  • Session 2: Wednesday, December 9, 2020 
  • Session 3: Wednesday, December 16, 2020 

Time: 5:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M. 

Location: Online (Zoom) 

Sign up: https://tinyurl.com/wsnycmm 

During these three sessions, you and other families from NYC public schools will: • practice your conversational skills in English. Learn about the free city services available to all New Yorkers. These classes will focus on career services, education programs, and workers’ rights. • make friends! 

We Speak NYC 

 (WSNYC), developed by the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairsis an Emmy award-winning English language learning program for intermediate level learners. 

To enroll in other free online classes, visit:wespeaknyc.cityofnewyork.us/wsnyc online-classes.

For questions, email the Division of Multilingual Learners at DML@schools.nyc.gov.

Staying Connected


Parents/Guardians:  If you are not currently receiving emails from FHS, please call or email Rita Laguer our Parent Coordinator to provide us with you most current email address. 

Rita can be reached at rita@facinghistoryschool.org or 347-777-6537 

Another great way to stay connected to the school community is by following our school's Instagram account.  Please follow us @thefacinghistoryschool