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.

THIS JUST IN!-- NEW 2021-2022 Student Dress Code Policy

Community | Empathy | Critical Thinking | Empowerment 

Student Dress Code Policy 2021 – 2022  

  1. Clothing must be worn at all times in a way such that genitals, buttocks, and nipples are covered with clothing that is not see-through.

  2. Undergarments must be covered at all times by clothing that is not see-through.

  3. Hats and other headwear must allow the face to be visible at all times and cannot be unsafe or disruptive to the educational process.

  4. Shoes must be worn at all times and should be safe for the school environment.

  5. Physical Education class may require specialized attire and should be followed.

  6. Clothing may not depict, imply, advertise, or advocate illegal, violent, or lewd conduct, weapons, or the use of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana or other controlled substances.

  7. Clothing may not depict or imply pornography, nudity, or sexual acts.

  8. Clothing may not display or imply vulgar, discriminatory, or obscene language or images.

  9. Clothing may not state, imply, or depict hate speech/imagery targeting groups based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious affiliation, or any other protected classification.

  10. Sunglasses and bathing suits are not allowed.

  11. Clothing and accessories that endanger any community member’s safety may not be worn.

  12. Apparel, jewelry, accessories, tattoos, or manner of grooming that, by virtue of its color, arrangement, trademark or any other attribute, denotes membership in a gang that advocates illegal or disruptive behavior is prohibited. 

When a student is out of dress code, an FHS adult will first communicate the issue to the student then work collaboratively with the student to resolve the issue in the moment. If the student chooses not to cooperate,  they will go to Peace Room (room 233) where the RJ Coordinator will work with the student to resolve the issue.  If the student still chooses not to cooperate, their parent/guardian will be contacted, and the student will be  placed in an alternate location for the day where they can continue their learning and work. Students who  develop a pattern of not following the dress code policy will meet with administration and/or a social worker to  determine next steps. If after that meeting, a student continues to not follow the dress code policy, a  parent/guardian meeting with administration will be required.



Póliza Del Código De Vestimento Del Estudiantes   


  1. El ropaje debe usarse en todo momento de manera que los genitales, las nalgas y los pezones queden  cubiertos con ropa que no sea transparente. 

  2. La ropa interior debe estar cubierta en todo momento con ropa que no sea transparente. 

  3. Los gorros y otros adornos para la cabeza deben permitir que la cara sea visible en todo momento y no  pueden cubrir la visión o interrumpir el proceso educativo. 

  4. Los zapatos deben usarse en todo momento y deben ser asegurados y no interrumpir el proceso educativo. 5. La clase de educación física puede requerir vestimenta especializada y apropiada. 

  5. El ropaje no puede representar, implicar, publicitar o defender conductas ilegales, violentas o obscenas,  armas o el uso de alcohol, tabaco, marijuana y otras sustancias controladas. 

  6. El ropaje no puede representar ni implicar pornografía, desnudez o actos sexuales. 

  7. El ropaje no puede mostrar ni implicar lenguaje o imágenes vulgares, discriminatorias o obscenas. 

  8. El ropaje no puede indicar, implicar o representar discursos / imágenes de odio dirigidos a grupos por motivos  de raza, etnia, género, orientación sexual, identidad de género, afiliación religiosa o cualquier otra  clasificación protegida. 

  9. No se permiten gafas de sol ni trajes de baño. 

  10. No se puede usar ropa y accesorios que pongan en peligro la seguridad de cualquier miembro de la  comunidad. 

  11. Se prohíbe la ropa, las joyas, los accesorios, los tatuajes o la forma de arreglarse que, en virtud de su color,  arreglo, marca comercial o cualquier otro atributo, denote membresía en una pandilla que representa el  comportamiento ilegal o disruptivo prohibido. 

Cuando un estudiante no cumple con el código de vestimento, un adulto de FHS primero le comunicará el problema  al estudiante y luego trabajará en colaboración con el estudiante para resolver el problema en el momento. Si el  estudiante opta por no cooperar, irá al Salón de la Paz (salón 233) donde el Coordinador de RJ trabajará con el  estudiante para resolver el problema. Si el estudiante aún elige no cooperar, se contactará a sus padres / tutores y se  colocará al estudiante en un lugar alternativo para el día en que pueda continuar con su aprendizaje y trabajo. Los  estudiantes que desarrollen un patrón de no seguir la póliza del código de vestimento, se reunirán con la  administración y / o un trabajador social para determinar los próximos pasos. Si después de esa reunión, el estudiante  continúa sin seguir la póliza del código de vestimento, se requerirá una reunión de padres / tutores con la  administración.


525 West 50th Street, New York, NY 10019 | Phone: 212-757-2680 | Fax: 212-757-2156 www.facinghistoryschool.org | @thefacinghistoryschool 

The Facing History School

P-EBT: Money for Food for ALL NYC Public School Students

P-EBT BENEFITS FOR ALL PUBLIC SCHOOL FAMILIES ARE CURRENTLY BEING DISTRIBUTED. New York State anticipates that all benefits will be distributed by the end of July. All NYC public school families automatically qualify; no application or registration required. Families who received P-EBT benefits for 2019-2020 can access their 2020-2021 P-EBT benefits on the same card. Misplaced your card and want to know how to request a replacement? 

Community Food Advocates has answers to all your P-EBT questions Community Food Advocate Link


LOS BENEFICIOS P-EBT PARA TODAS LAS FAMILIAS DE LAS ESCUELAS PÚBLICAS SE ESTÁN DISTRIBUIDOS ACTUALMENTE.El estado de Nueva York anticipa que todos los beneficios se distribuirán a fines de julio. Todas las familias de las escuelas públicas de la Ciudad de Nueva York califican automáticamente; no se requiere solicitud o registro. Las familias que recibieron beneficios P-EBT para 2019-2020 pueden acceder a sus beneficios P-EBT 2020-2021 en la misma tarjeta. ¿Extravió su tarjeta y desea saber cómo solicitar un reemplazo?

 Community Food Advocates  tiene respuestas a todas sus preguntas sobre P-EBT  Community Food Advocates Link



COVID-19 Vaccines: What You Need To Know


The NYC Department of Education is excited to invite NYC families  

to a virtual course called COVID-19 Vaccines: What You Need to  

know. Join us on Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at 10am or 6pm  

as we share important updates about the COVID-19 vaccines and  

answer your questions. This course will be taught by our partners  

and experts at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene  


To enroll: Visit Parent University at parentu.schools.nyc or click on the links below. 


Wednesday, September 29 @ 10am (AM Session)

Wednesday, September 29 @ 6pm (PM Session)

Parent University is designed to empower  you as an advocate and partner in your  child’s education. All New York City parents and family members are welcome to enroll! 

We want to make Parent University helpful  for all New York City families. Please send  feedback and suggestions to  


To Register: 

  1. Visit parentu.schools.nyc
  2. Sign in with your NYC Schools  Account or create a new account. 3. Choose a course from the Course  Catalog tab. 
  3. Click Enroll. 
  4. Check your email for confirmation!

Google Workspace

 What is Google Workspace?

Google Workspace  is a suite of tools that allows students and teachers to collaborate in real-time to create documents, presentations, surveys, spreadsheets, and even websites. All tools are free, ad-free, reliable, and secure. We encourage families to sit down with their students to look at the school work stored within their child’s Google Drive, just as we encourage our students to share their work with their parents.


¿Qué es Google Suite para educacion?

Google Workspace es un conjunto de herramientas que permite a estudiantes y profesores colaborar en tiempo real para crear documentos, presentaciones, encuestas, hojas de cálculo e incluso sitios web. Todas las herramientas son gratuitas, sin publicidad, confiables y seguras. Alentamos a los padres a sentarse con sus estudiatnes para ver el trabajo escolar almacenado en el Google Drive de sus estudiantes, al igual que alentamos a nuestros estudiantes a compartir su trabajo con sus padres.



What is it?/¿Qué es?


Google Workspace for Education








Espacio de trabajo de Google para la educación

Google’s free, online set of communication and collaboration tools. This includes Gmail, Classroom, Docs, Meet and Drive which enable teachers and students to connect, collaborate, provide and receive feedback. Your child can learn anywhere, anytime, on any device.  


El conjunto de herramientas de colaboración y comunicación en línea gratuito de Google. Esto incluye Gmail, Classroom, Docs, Meet y Drive, que permiten a los profesores y estudiantes conectarse, colaborar, proporcionar y recibir comentarios. Su hijo puede aprender en cualquier lugar, en cualquier momento y en cualquier dispositivo.

Google Classroom

Classroom is where your child can find their assignments, grades and feedback, and communicate directly with their teacher. As a guardian, you can opt into guardian summaries to keep up with your child’s progress


El aula es donde su hijo puede encontrar sus tareas, calificaciones y comentarios, y comunicarse directamente con su maestro. Como tutor, puede optar por los resúmenes de tutores para mantenerse al día con el progreso de su hijo.





What is it?/¿Qué es?


Google Docs, Sheets or Slides








Documentos, Hojas de cálculo o Presentaciones de Google

Using Google Workspace tools like Docs, Sheets and Slides, your child can create documents, spreadsheets, or presentations that they can share with others, receive feedback on through comments, and edit in real time--with it all being saved automatically in their Google Drive.


Con las herramientas de Google Workspace como Documentos, Hojas de cálculo y Presentaciones, su hijo puede crear documentos, hojas de cálculo o presentaciones que puede compartir con otros, recibir comentarios a través de comentarios y editar en tiempo real, y todo se guarda automáticamente en su cuenta de Google. Conducir.


Google Calendar





calendario de Google

The online calendar that integrates with Google Classroom to help students to be aware of assignments and/or appointments.


El calendario en línea que se integra con Google Classroom para ayudar a los estudiantes a estar al tanto de las tareas y / o citas.


Google Sites



Sitios de Google

Collaborative webpage creation tool for publishing to a real-life audience.


Herramienta de creación de páginas web colaborativas para publicar en una audiencia real.


Google Forms







Formularios de Google

Forms are often used by teachers for creating quizzes, parent feedback surveys, or even field trip forms. Your child may also use Forms for in-class activities like creating a poll, or sending out a survey to their class.


Los maestros suelen utilizar los formularios para crear cuestionarios, encuestas de comentarios de los padres o incluso formularios de excursiones. Su hijo también puede usar Formularios para actividades en clase, como crear una encuesta o enviar una encuesta a su clase.


Google Meet











Reunión de Google

Meet is a secure video conferencing platform where teachers can hold class, record meetings, hold parent/teacher conferences or office hours, especially with distance learning, Meet has many features built in for accessibility, like live captions, and many features built for education. Meet can be used to recreate the experience of your child being in class to keep them learning.


 Meet es una plataforma de videoconferencia segura donde los maestros pueden realizar clases, grabar reuniones, celebrar conferencias de padres / maestros u horas de oficina, especialmente con el aprendizaje a distancia. Meet tiene muchas funciones integradas para la accesibilidad, como subtítulos en vivo, y muchas funciones creadas para la educación. Meet se puede utilizar para recrear la experiencia de que su hijo esté en clase para que siga aprendiendo.





Zoom (non Google)

Another location where teachers are hosting live classes. Students will need their FHS emails to join.


Otro lugar donde los maestros están organizando clases en vivo. Estudiantes necesitarán sus correos electrónicos de FHS para entrar a las sesiones vivos.



Parent's Corner

P-EBT Food Benefits for the 2020-21 School Year

New York State is providing Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) food benefits to all households with children who receive free school lunch under the National School Lunch Act and whose school was closed or operating with reduced in-school attendance due to COVID-19 during the 2020-2021 academic year. OTDA continues to work with the United States Department of Agriculture on New York State's plan to issue these benefits.

At this point, we estimate the food benefit distribution will commence no earlier than the end of April and continue for several months, due to the large number of eligible children and schools participating in the National School Lunch Program across the state. Information about New York State's distribution of P-EBT food benefits will be posted to our website once it is available.

School Based Health Clinic Update 12/9/2020

  Dear Parent or Guardian,  

As schools have closed, so has our school-based health center (SBHC) on your campus. We are still able to provide telehealth appointments, either through video or phone, for your  child’s medical and mental health needs. We are able to make diagnoses, form treatment plans,  and send prescriptions without seeing your child face-to-face in many instances. To schedule a  telehealth appointment, please do not hesitate to e-mail us at school@ryanhealth.org. Your child  can also be seen for a face-to-face visit at the Ryan Chelsea Clinton (RCC) community health center, which is located just around the corner from the Park West High School campus. The RCC address is 645 10th Avenue (between 45th and 46th Streets), New York, NY 10036 and they  can be reached at 212-749-1820.  

Outside of school, there are things you and your child can do to keep yourselves and the  community safe. Whenever leaving the home, please ensure that you and your child are wearing  masks to prevent the transmission of COVID-19. Wash your hands often, cough and sneeze into  your elbow instead of your hands, avoid touching your face, and try to keep at least 6 feet away  from others. If you are feeling unwell and have only mild to moderate symptoms, stay home.  Additionally, ensure that you child is up to date with their annual physical exam and required  immunizations. School entry requirements can be found here:  

https://www.schools.nyc.gov/docs/default-source/default-document-library/sh65-medical immunization-requirements. 

For more information, Ryan Health recommends consulting the Centers for Disease  Control (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html), the New York State  Department of Health (https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home), the New York City Department  of Health (https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-main.page), and the World Health  Organization (https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019).  

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to e-mail us at  school@ryanhealth.org, or give us a call at 212-769-7216 once schools reopen.  

Thank you for the privilege of serving your children and your school community.  


Your Ryan Health SBHC Staff 

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 

PWHS SPANISH SBHC Consent Form 2020-2021.pdf 

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

Parent's Corner- Support Hotlines

Support Hotlines  National and local NYC hotlines for resources, emotional support, and guidance for parents in crisis and in need of a knowledgeable and helpful listening ear.


  • NY Foundling 888-435-7553

Support by providing resources over the phone. The crisis nursery is closed.

  • Parents Helping Parents Stress Line 1-800-632-8188

Support for parents feeling overwhelmed, stressed, etc.

  • Child Help National Child Abuse Hotline 1-800-4-A-CHILD/1-800-422-4453

Parents can call to talk to a counselor about the stress they are under or young people can call to ask for help for themselves and talk to a counselor

  • Su Familia: The National Hispanic Family Health Helpline 1-866-783-2645

Spanish helpline for families that need support and information


  • National Parent Helpline-1-855- 4A PARENT / 1-855-427-2736

Emotional support, resources, advice and more from a peer advocate

  • NYC Well-1-888-NYC-WELL (1-888-692-9355), Text WELL to 65173,

Chat at https://nycwell.cityofnewyork.us/en/

Free, confidential, 24/7 mental health support by speaking to a local counselor via phone, text, or chat in more than 200 languages.

  • National Domestic Violence Hotline 1−800−799−7233

Support for people with experiences of domestic violence. Resources for those quarantined with their abuser.


  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255

Free, confidential, 24/7 support for people in mental health or suicide crises. Can call for yourself or on behalf of someone else.




 Need to Talk - COVID-19- English.pdf 

 Need to Talk - COVID-19 SPANISH.pdf 

 Accessing MH Resources.pdf 


Updated 4/8/2020                  Compiled for use in NYC by the Office of School Health- Mental Health Unit


Caregiver Support

The Child Mind Institute’s School and Community Programs team would like to invite Spanish-speaking families to join us for our upcoming Caregiver Support Series. Each 60-minute workshop will be delivered in Spanish and available at no cost to NYC DOE caregivers. Please see below for details and feel welcome to reach out with any questions.

Caregiver Support Series (Spanish) REGISTER HERE


  • Mindful Parenting | March 17th, 2021 | 5:00pm EST

  • Supporting Your Child in Virtual Learning | March 18th, 2021 | 5:30pm EST

  • Managing Caregiver Stress | March 25th, 2021 | 5:30pm EST



El equipo de School and Community Programs del Child Mind Institute desea invitar a familias que hablan español a unirse con nosotros en nuestra próxima Serie de Apoyo para Cuidadores. Cada taller de 60 minutos será en español y estará disponible sin costo para los cuidadores del NYC DOE. Por favor consulte a continuación para obtener más detalles y no dude en comunicarse con cualquier pregunta.

Serie de apoyo para cuidadores (español) REGÍSTRESE AQUÍ


  • Crianza con conciencia plena | 17 de marzo de 2021 | 5:00pm EST

  • Apoyando a su niño en el aprendizaje virtual | 18 de marzo de 2021 | 5:30pm EST

  • Manejando el estrés como cuidador | 25 de marzo de 2021 | 5:30pm EST


Parent Resources