Advanced Coursework

Beacon provides a variety of advanced courses to prepare students for college. Below are the descriptions. 
AP Exam Dates:

May 17, 2023 12pm Environmental Science 

May 19, 2023 8am Calculus AB 

May 8, 2023 8am Calculus BC

May 10, 2023 8am Spanish Language and Culture

May 18, 2023 12pm Biology

May 11, 2023 8am French Language and Culture 

May 18, 2023 8am Physics



Instead of offering AP courses, Beacon offers rigorous semester-long, college preparatory courses for seniors. Extensive research, critical analysis, and writing are required components of the courses. Current offerings of high-interest topics taught by teachers with experience and knowledge in the respective fields are:

Social Studies and History

  • NYC In Crisis: The Fiscal Crisis of 1975 and Today
  • International Political Economy
  • Understanding China (20th Century revolutionary history; Current events; Sino-American relationship)
  • The System (an examination of how we evaluate, construct and change legal and governmental systems, through the study of the idea of justice, our criminal and civil legal systems, and the legislative and administrative process.)
  • Constitutional Law
  • Responding to the Climate Crisis
  • Sociology


  • Food Writing
  • Existentialism
  • Journalism
  • French Culture & History
AP Classes
Art Honors Classes
    • Fine Arts Honors
    • Advanced Digital Film
    • Advanced Photography
    • Dance Company
    • Theatre Arts honors

Through Hunter College and John Jay College, juniors and seniors can participate in the “College Now” program. In “cohort classes” they are placed in college courses with other high school students, and (with more limited spots) they can choose from a wider range of courses alongside college students. Upon successful completion of these courses, students receive both college credit as well as high school credit. In addition to the Hunter and John Jay courses, qualified Beacon juniors and seniors can take courses at NYU or Fordham University, and upon successful completion, they receive high school credit. The following link lists some of the rich variety of courses recently taken by Beacon students.